You can pick up a delicious meal at a number food trucks across the city, but if you happen to come across one special truck you may get a shot at viewing a TV production.
Chef Jeff's Flip My Food will air on Fox 8 this fall and we got a chance to be behind the scenes as the show shot an episode outside NOPD 8th District Station.
"We wanted to create a show that put a healthy element to America's comfort food," Chef Jeff Henderson said.
"It's a great way to enjoy a guilty pleasure; comfort food that you can actually eat and not feel bad about," Ted Eccles, the show's executive producer and director said.
It takes a lot to put a show like this together both before and on the day of the shoot lighting, cameras, and food prep must all be coordinated to get Flip My Food ready for production.
The show is all about making good food good for you.
"We wanted to get real people and take the food that they really like to eat and cook and show them that you can make it healthier and taste better," Eccles said.
"A lot of folks have high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes so we kind of want to curb that a little bit and kind of change the culture of how American people eat," Henderson said.
"We said how about if we did it with real people and just went out like the long ranger with a food truck," Eccles added.
The "real people" on this shoot were New Orleans Police officers. The first segment was with Commander Jeff Walls of the 8th District.
"I wasn't really excited about it. I'm a little camera shy, but it's been a good time so far," Walls said.
He is glad for the opportunity to show off another side of the police department.
"It's good that they see, that the community sees, that we are not just sticks in the mud. This is an opportunity for us all to show that we all are human," Walls said.
"It doesn't matter who you are, it's all about our love affair with great food that's a little bit healthy," Henderson said.
Soon you will get to enjoy that affair right here on FOX 8. Flip My Food begins running in September. Henderson grew up in Los Angeles, but his family is from New Orleans so he is very excited to shoot so many episodes here in the city.
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