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Old 09-22-2017, 07:01 AM   #1
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Why America’s Test Kitchen Is Moving

Thought some people might be interested in this.

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During a recent tour of the soon-to-be former America’s Test Kitchen headquarters in Brookline, test kitchen manager Meri Lippard offered to show me the control room. “Sure,” I responded, and expected to be led into a room buzzing with video production monitors, maybe a couple sound boards, dormant boom mics, tripods.

Instead, the small, L-shaped room, adjacent to the main kitchen, was lined with a few top-opening chest freezers, and Metro racks (moveable, steel shelving) stacked with a couple dozen pressure cookers, and rows and rows of extra “common stock” ingredients—shared bags of flour, cans of tomatoes, etc.
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But it’s the improbably named “control room” that best exemplifies the company’s need for new digs. To me, it appears to be a pantry. But for three weeks every spring, it becomes an actual “control room,” with blinking monitors and other equipment used to film*America’s Test Kitchen, the PBS show, in the kitchen next door.
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restau...-move-seaport/
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:16 AM   #2
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Toys... I would love to go in there for a while. Can I take souvenirs?
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting, GG.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:57 AM   #4
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What a coincidence ... I drove by their Brookline Village building this morning and I thought about way back when, when I occasionally was a taste tester for them.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:32 PM   #5
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That is fantastic, I' so happy for all of the ATK team!
Long ago, I too was a recipe tester, that was fun, but I
had to give that up.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:06 PM   #6
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I like the show better now that Bridget and Julia have taken over (after Chris Kimball was "aged" out / moved on, depending on who you ask).
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I like the show better now that Bridget and Julia have taken over (after Chris Kimball was "aged" out / moved on, depending on who you ask).
I agree. Kimball seemed to me to be mostly superfluous, never really made any material contribution to the show.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:08 PM   #8
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DH and I were without TV for a good long time and I was unable to watch "my programs": ATK, Cook's Country, Lidia, Martha, all those cooking shows as DH calls them.
When we moved into our new home and got television back, the cable network available to us has a "TV guide" online that's not worth spit!
Just a few weeks ago, I finally found a really good guide online for our provider and got to watch my programs, now knowing what time to turn on the boob-tube.
WOW!
Gotta say the on-air crew for both ATK and Cook's Country seem so much happier, easier going, and just plain having fun at their jobs, now not being repressed by Christopher Kimball. I thought that he was much too rigid and up tight. Everyone else seemed to walking on egg shells around him.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:15 PM   #9
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Thanks for the link, GG. That was an interesting read. I suppose when they first started there, the location WAS state-of-the-art. Lots of miles and meals in that studio.

My favorite line was about relocating "stuff" to make room for a control room: "It's like Tetris".


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I agree. Kimball seemed to me to be mostly superfluous, never really made any material contribution to the show.
I liked him best when they dressed him up goofy, like a broccoli or something.

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...the cable network available to us has a "TV guide" online that's not worth spit...
We've used "TV Listings by TV24 - US TV Guide" on our mobile devises for years. Easy to use. You know, in case you're needing something else.
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We've used "TV Listings by TV24 - US TV Guide" on our mobile devises for years. Easy to use. You know, in case you're needing something else.
Ya know CG, oddly enough, I found our uber small town newspaper (online) has the best TV Guide for this small cable provider.
DH wants desperately to go back to DirecTv, but I veto'd that! They're horrid!
And with all of the socked-in type of weather that we get here at our new place, it wouldn't work.
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