Gusto preps slow TV-style kitchen “Live Feed”

The Canadian food and lifestyle channel will this week air a slow TV-style, six-hour live broadcast from the kitchen of Ottawa's Beckta Dining & Wine Bar (pictured).
August 24, 2015

Canadian food and lifestyle channel Gusto TV will this week air a six-hour, uncut live feed from Ottawa’s Beckta Dining & Wine Bar.

The network is the latest to board the “slow TV” trend – which films various events in real time over several hours – and will apply the style to the restaurant’s kitchen, documenting its bustling behind-the-scenes action.

Titled Live FEED, the program is to feature multiple cameras filming different stations in Beckta’s kitchen and will air continuously for six hours without commercials, kicking off on August 29 at 6 p.m. EST/PST.

Gusto TV says that future kitchen locations in Canada and abroad are to be announced.

“It’s something completely different that we’re trying,” said Gusto TV CEO Chris Knight in a statement. “Our hope is that people love it and that we can start doing this from exceptional kitchens all over the world – from diners to Michelin-starred restaurants. We think it’s the next big thing in culinary television.”

Norwegian broadcaster NRK pioneered the slow TV movement with live broadcasts of such events as a seven-hour train ride, 18 hours of salmon fishing and a 134-hour cruise. This past spring, UK pubcaster BBC4 aired three slow TV-style programs in a showcase titled ‘BBC Four Goes Slow,’ and U.S. net Travel Channel has plans to air a 12-hour road trip titled Slow Road Live - based on the NRK format – this November.

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