How to Write for Food TV

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Writing for TV is unlike any other writing, but if you’re already a food writer, you are a step ahead. Culinary-related programming is one of the fastest growing television sectors and is a lucrative, stimulating, and rewarding direction for today’s food writer who is seeking a new avenue for their work. In this panel, we cover: How to write a winning television treatment that will entice production houses to fund your project, how to write scripts and outline episodes, the challenges of finding the perfect host, resources to turn to, the players required to produce a proper television show, and more.

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A graduate of ICE, Jody Eddy has cooked at Jean Georges, The Fat Duck, and Tabla and is the former Executive Editor of Art Culinaire Magazine. She is the author of the books Cuba: Recipes and Stories From a Cuba Kitchen and the IACP Judge’s Choice Award-winning  North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland. She is currently co-producing a television show and writing a cookbook profiling monastic food throughout the world and a cookbook with chef Maneet Chauhan.

Ali Rosen is the founder and host of Potluck with Ali Rosen, a television show and website dedicated to sharing the best and brightest in food. Potluck airs on NYC Life and its videos have appeared on HuffPost, Edible, and People, and was nominated for an Emmy and two IACP Awards. Ali was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for Food & Drink, and her first cookbook, Bring It! is coming out March 2018.

Jenna Zimmerman is an Emmy and James Beard Award-nominated writer, producer, and director. She has produced some of Food Network’s most popular shows, including Guy’s Big Bite, Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, and Tyler’s Ultimate. A passionate food geek, Jenna is focused on supporting the sustainable food movement through her video production company, The Reiko Lab, and her website,

Dan Kohler is a writer, producer, and host with a specialty in food history and food science. After appearing on Hallmark Channel’s morning show Home & Family for three seasons, he graduated to the role of senior culinary producer where he currently oversees the writing and production of daily cooking segments on one of cable’s top-rated networks. His work can also be seen on multiple seasons of Cooking Channel’s Food: Fact or Fiction, as well as branded campaigns for national clients.

Courtney Knapp loves ramen, but that is not all—though, let’s be honest, it could be enough. She also happens to be a two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning producer who works with some of the best chefs producing entertaining and instructional food television. Currently she oversees all things food for the new show, Pickler & Ben, a syndicated talk show and all-around good time that also airs on CMT. She has produced lifestyle segments for The Martha Stewart Show and The Talk, consulted on FabLife and the second season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner, and traveled all over the country filming shows for YouTube’s Tasted channel. She staged and culinary produced Eric Ripert’s show, On the Table, featuring guests Chrissy Teigen, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Bourdain, and other notable foodies; she co-created and produced FixAte, Beachbody’s first cooking show with super-trainer Autumn Calabrese; and has given many chefs their first opportunity to appear on camera. She’s written recipes for Emeril’s Table; culinary produced Food Network’s Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen; created video content and recipes for large and small brands; and recipe tested, styled, and written “how-to’s” for well-known websites. Prior to TV, she learned her way around the kitchen working at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago and Studio Del Gusto in NYC, as well as earning a Master’s degree in Food Studies from NYU. And in-between all of that, she still finds time to search for that perfect bowl of ramen.

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