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I found what has really helped me is having a show outline next to the cookbook on the table. I keep it hidden, but I can pull it out and glance at it all times! I have only had 2 kitchen shows so I know that has really helped me out by constantly knowing what I'm doing!
Good Luck, Take a breather and remember to HAVE FUN!
I had my first two shows last weekend, but I really feel like after the first one, it was so much easier! My director was at the first one, and I was still a little unfamiliar with the recipe, so I was all nerves. We sat after the show and went over some notes she had taken, then I had the second show the next evening...I thought it really helped to be able to take the suggestions on improvements and use them right away.
...and I agree...breathing is essential
I like to hand out the Season's Best (that I usually give the host as a thank-you and get all of the guests to sign) and ask each guest to give me one direction from the recipe and then pass it on.
That way, it's a little more interactive, the guests get to have a look at the cookbook and you don't have to worry about remembering the directions!
Awesome idea!! I usually feel like such a goob bc I lose my place soooo easily. Even though I practice the recipes, it is still a "back-up plan" in case you do forget something. As far as tips go, write one word or phrase on an index card ( BIG letters) and use them as an outline. If you use a script, you will get flustered if you forget something and then you too will lose your place in the recipe !
I am on show 100 and I make some sort of goof at every show....whether it is forgetting something, spilling food, or goofing up the recipe. I tell people I'm a bit of a ditz and that's why this job is so awesome...anyone can do it! Then I tell them about the time I was making quiche and got to talking and started to put the quiche in the oven when a guest reminded me...doesn't quiche have eggs!?!? Too funny! I don't usually share that story unless I make a goof up, but people laugh and realize that anyone can do this...you don't have to be perfect.
The thing to remember is to not stress over it if you do make a goof up. Relax...this is suppose to be FUN, not stressful! If you have fun, your guests will want to have shows with you. FUN is one of the main reasons people want to have their own show.