So the other day Chris answered the phone to someone from FiOS1 News Long Island, who are planning a segment called “East End Bed & Bites” for their show “Restaurant Hunter”. And they want to feature A Butler’s Manor’s breakfasts.
So of course we say “Sure!” like it’s no big deal that they want to come film me making something yummy.
And then panic sets in.
WTH did I just agree to?!?
A long-ago photo by a guest of breakfast preparations in progress
It’s not the filming, I don’t think…I’m not particularly camera-shy. I’m the extroverted oldest child who is used to mugging for the camera. Though I freely admit I truly don’t like cooking for an audience. (My confreres in the bed and breakfast biz who have an open kitchen plan whereby guests can watch them cook? Aaiiiiieeeee.) In all of my creative endeavors, I’m the one who likes presenting my art fait accompli, rather than sharing the stumbling process.
Mostly, I am cowed by who else they plan to feature in the segment: the 1770 House in East Hampton, and the Bridgehampton Inn.
As far as accommodations go, both are roughly the same size as we are–i.e., less than ten rooms. But the big difference? Both of them have full-scale RESTAURANTS that serve not only breakfast, but dinner as well.
Which means they have professional chefs. In fact, the Bridgehampton Inn’s late owner Anna Pump was a chef, and cookbook author who also owned the popular Loaves and Fishes, a wildly-successful gourmet takeout shop. These guys are pros. With kitchen staff to back them up.
Then there’s me. The littlest of little guys.
Making Eggnog French Toast (with staff of one)!
So to say I’m a little intimidated is an understatement.
The shoot is April 14th. I’m still working on what I should make. What’s your vote?