Adventurous young Red Deerians could have a chance to try something new as the popular Access TV show Just One Bite gears up for its second season.
The show is an original kids cooking show created and hosted by Red Deer’s own Meg Tucker and aired on Shaw TV Red Deer featuring kids ages four to eight as they try new foods and make a number of different dishes for the entire family.
“The show’s broken down into three parts. The first segment is called the ‘bite’ segment. This is the chance where the kids are given three or four ingredients and then they have to take just one bite of the ingredients. Last year things like Ricotta cheese, things like Chorizo, and they have to take just one bite and then we talk about it,” explained Tucker.
Once they do that, Tucker and the kids take the ingredients and use them to make a recipe.
Some of the dishes featured in the past include Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups, Spaghetti Pie and Cloud Cakes.
The idea behind the show is to get kids trying new things and exploring new tastes.
“What you’re finding is that while some of the ingredients may be like, ‘Eww this is gross,’ when it’s actually cooked into a recipe it’s, ‘Oh my goodness I really like this can I have more?’” said Tucker.
After the success of the show’s first four episodes last year, which can be found on www.justonebite.ca, Shaw decided to renew the show for another season.
Tucker said they are currently in the process of casting kids for the second season, which is set to be shot on April 29th and 30th.
“We want kids that are curious and they absolutely don’t have to be experts in the kitchen. This is not a competition it’s a show where we take curious little adventurers who want to learn and who want to try fun stuff and who are not shy,” Tucker said.
Any kids who are interested in getting involved in the show can send in a short video, no more than a minute in length telling Tucker and the crew at Shaw TV why they want to be on Just One Bite.
“They don’t necessarily have to be cooking but they have to tell us who they are and show us their personality and talk to us about food and what they love and what they hate,” Tucker said, adding she wants to stress they are looking for outspoken kids.
“We want little chatterboxes.”
Tucker said she also wanted to stress that audition videos don’t need to be professionally done.
“You can use your iPhone, you can use your cell phone. It doesn’t have to be fancy.”
This year the show will only be casting six #MiniFoodies in order to maximize each kid’s time in the kitchen.
“We want to make sure that the kids do a lot more cooking,” Tucker said, adding also new this year will be the introduction of a theme for each episode.
“We won’t just be making one thing. We might be making two things or three things. Each episode might include a snack as well as a main course as well as a dessert or a drink.”
Audition videos can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Just One Bite team will be reviewing the videos and contacting select kids for an in person audition. The deadline to submit audition videos for Just One Bite season two is March 31st.