Grilling It With Bobby Flay

Marc Matsumoto and Bobby Flay

Some of you may remember that I was down in LA in late March. I can finally tell you what I was doing down there as the TV episode I was shooting will air in less than a month. I was flown out there to shoot an episode of Grill It With Bobby Flay for the Food Network.

My tweets at the time were cryptic because I was sworn to secrecy, but it was awesome in a surreal kind of way and and experience I really wanted to share with you guys. That’s why I wrote a bunch of musings, in 140 characters or less, from the set of Grill It. Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can share the “tweets” with you:-) Consider it a preview of my episode that airs at 10:30am on August 1st, 2010. Set your DVR’s and enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like shooting a TV episode.

Sunday March 28th

7:03am Just rolled out of bed, my ride to the show will be here in less than an hour.

8:12am Pulling up to a wooded enclave in Beverly Hills, looks like we’re shooting in someone’s home.

8:56am Just stepped out onto the “set” and there’s a swimming pool with a view over LA, flowers an pollen everywhere… uh oh

9:21am Just shot intro, allergies are starting to kick in, time for some Benedryl

9:39am Bobby is totally down to earth, and quite the comedian

10:15am Benedryl is starting to kick in, time for some RedBull

10:28am I’m a lot less nervous than I thought I’d be. This further proves my theory that cooking is therapeutic.

10:46am Just asked for lip balm and someone appeared to put it on me, I could get used to this…

11:42am Everyone keeps telling me I’m doing good and that my food looks great, my head might float away if I keep getting these compliments.

11:51am Impressive how organized everyone is given how many people are running about.

12:17pm First RedBull is wearing off, time to have another

1:09pm That second RedBull was a bad idea, my hands are starting to shake, but no matter, I’m DONE!

2:08pm In a towncar headed to LAX, my brain feels about 1000lbs lighter

3:05pm At the airport having an $8 Sam Adams, life is good.

  • PeterM

    Marc, this is so awesome…this show is one of the few I still enjoy on Food Network as I learn some new things about grilling, I like Bobby Flay and it features regular Joe's (or Jill's).

    Looking forward to watching the episode.

  • mj

    Love it! Can't wait to see the episode. I'm sure you had a blast doing it!

  • Jacqui

    Congrats! I am a huge fan of this show and what an honor! Unfortunately I won't be able to watch it from Australia but I'm sure you did yourself proud!

  • Lori Lynn

    Wow Marc! Congratulations! Looking forward to your episode! Your food is always so beautiful, creative, crisp, and fresh. I'm sure you will be a big hit.

  • Ravenouscouple

    how awesome, congrats!

  • rookiecookie

    Oh man! What a cool experience. I love that show because Bobby is the obvious grilling master in the United States, but he still is open to new ideas and recipes. He isn't a pompous chef.

    I will be tuning into your episode. Can't wait to see what you have put together.

  • Andrea @ High/Low

    Congrats Marc! For some reason, I thought that Grill It was filmed in Brooklyn (I guess those were the old episodes). Anyway, so excited for your debut and will have my DVR ready!

  • Nick (Macheesmo)

    Umm… freaking awesome dude. I'm fairly certain you're the envy of the Food Blog world today :)

  • Gabriela

    Wow! I hope you won!

  • lucidfood

    Right on, Marc! Look forward to seeing the episode!

  • ila

    uuuuuuwaaaaaa! sugoi! i really really really hope you won. otsukaresama~

  • Fisc0290

    Just watched some old episodes of Boy meets Grill & thought aboyut how much fun it would be to cook w/ BF! Met him @ a book signing. what a great guy!

  • JenSchall

    Congrats!! I can't wait to see it. I will be setting my DVR so I don't miss it :)

  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Congratulations! Fantastic :)

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    How completely and utterly thrilling! As it happens I will be in the States on that day so will make sure to watch it! Congrats – you deserve it!!!

  • Cookincanuck

    How fun for you! I'm marking the date on my calendar.

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch

    Holy Batman, that's awesome! Congratulations! I'll totally be watching :)

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Congrats, Marc! What an awesome opportunity and experience, I'm sure. Just saw that show for the first time and can't wait to watch your episode :).

  • Anh Truong

    Congrats! Unfortunately, I've just disconnected my cable, but I'll can ask my neighbor to Tivo it for me.

  • jenjenk

    Congratulations, marc!! i can't wait to see it!! that's absolutely fantastic!!

  • Joan Nova

    So exciting! You must tweet us as we get closer to the air date so that we don't miss it. Congrats, Marc.

  • Sharlene

    How exciting! Congratulations! Can't wait to watch the episode :)

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  • Bunkycooks

    Woo hoo! Congrats to you! I just marked it on my calendar so I won't miss it!

  • Jcarden

    YAY!! How wonderful! I always have believed that you should be on the Food Network (or Cooking Channel) with your own show! It just made my day to see that you appeared with Bobby Flay on his grilling show!! Who knows where that could lead! Congratulations!!!! I will be watching!!!

  • Jcarden

    Oh, one more thing…..I can't wait to see what kind of grilling creations you come up with!!

  • Cristina

    OMGosh! HOW FUN. Can't wait to see it and looking forward to your post about the episode and experience (are you going to share behind-the-scenes, etc.)? Congratulations! :)

  • CatSlave

    Next Food Network Star…???
    I'd vote for you. Your recipes -all of them- are outstanding.

  • Joy Jangles

    Mark I love it! I can't wait to see you on tv with the Bobbly Flay — two handsome men grilling some epic food? I'm there :) Congrats!!!

  • SpikeC

    How majorly cool was that! Congratulations!

  • Eva

    Thats amazing! Congrats & can't wait to see the episode!!!

  • we are never full

    good for you! one of the only shows i will watch on the food network (besides old iron chef episodes). look forward to seeing it.

  • Laurenhong

    Wow! Congratulations Mark! I cannot wait to watch the episode!

  • Em

    Cool! Congrats!

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  • Peggy Labor

    congrats! this sounds so awesome! can't wait to check out the episode!

  • Anita

    That is awesome! Now you need your own show!!!

  • Melissa Crane

    Awesome!! Agree with Joy Jangles, can't wait to see two handsome men grilling it out!

  • Danicasdaily

    AWESOME! I can't wait to check it out – the menus you both prepare sound delicious! What a fun experience….Hope you tell us more after it airs 😀

  • Judy/BebeLoveOkazu

    Wow! Congratulations! That's so awesome. I love FN and enjoy watching Bobby Flay's show. I'll look forward to this episode!

  • Rhatta


    This is great! Congrats and glad you're doing well and enjoying life.

  • John (cho-tabetai)

    I can't wait to see! Nice1

  • Patti

    Hi Marc,

    Wow, enjoyed this episode so much I had to see if you had a cooking blog! Cannot wait to try your dishes. Congrats on doing such a good job. You were so relaxed and interesting. All the best .


  • PilatesLarchmont

    Loved the recipes. Where can we find them. Excellent show.

  • Mishidy

    I love your blog and I couldn't believe it when I turned on the TV today and there you were, Grilin' it with BF. You were GREAT. If you had your own show it would be my favorite. I hope you do!!!

  • Tinymorsel

    Wow, congratulations! These “tweets” are hilarious. Glad it was such a good experience!

  • A4444806

    Marc – saw the show today…you were great! Seriously, I wish YOU had a show on Food Network…I love your creativity…inventive but not over the top and you come across very well on TV…very approachable, not intimidating. Hope it happens. Going to Food Networks to lobby for you now.

  • lena

    watching your episode as i type.. totally drooling over the food!

  • Anne

    You really nailed it on the show. I think the foodnetwork just found the next big thing. Congrats

  • bellini valli

    I happened to be watching Grill It witrh Bobby Flay before work and said to myself that looks like Mark from No Recipes! I googled it and here I am. I think you did a fantastic job and looked very relaxed as well as doing some awesome grilling. You are a man of many talents.

  • Lydia Kim

    i missed the first showing but caught the re-broadcast… you were great!!

  • eatingclubvancouver_js

    Finally saw this episode, Marc — congratulations on the big TV appearance! Wishing you the best. . .

  • stacey snacks

    I am a little late on congratulating you! I am catching up on some of your summer posts and can not believed I missed this episode!!!!
    How very exciting, and you fit right in with the pros.
    Looking forward to seeing more of you in TV foodland!

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