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From Smelly Job to Telly Job: Series Producer Tina Salter

“In London I decided I wanted to learn more about fish, so I went to work in a fish shop. It was one of those places where people chose their own trout, and you’d have to kill them and weigh them. I started having dreams about these trout coming to get me.”

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 9 (209)

Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Dona Thomas: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Amber India: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

3) Scala’s Bistro: | restaurant information | reviews |

Josh and Leslie Drink Wine

I’m a fairly regular wine drinker and passed my wine course in culinary school with flying spittoons, so all of Leslie’s directions about how to identify, swirl, and taste wines was fine and dandy for the beginners in the viewing audience but what I found really fascinating was the food and wine pairings.

The Stresses of Live-to-Tape

I found myself actually holding my breath between every take. My fists were clenched in my lap. I was just hoping and hoping we’d get through the entire taping without major incident.

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: DJ Special (292)

Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Cha Cha Cha: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Ninna Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) Nob Hill Cafe: | restaurant information | reviews

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Jacques Pépin Special Episode (291)

Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Incanto: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

2) Woodward’s Garden: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 1 | recipe 2 |

3) Chapeau!: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 11 (211)

Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Mecca SF: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

2) El Jarro: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

3) Maria Manso World Cuisine: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

The Kindest Cut

Before we sat down with series editor Aaron Drury and his wall of high-tech editing machinery, Tina Salter (series producer, who irons guests’ shirts for kicks) explained to me that the better the show, the tougher the edit.

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