After our visit to the “Undercovers” set visit, we introduced you to Mekia Cox. She plays Lizzy Gilliam, Samantha Bloom’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) sister and her right hand gal in the kitchen of Bloom Catering – Samantha and Steven’s (Boris Kodjoe) real business aside from their spy activities.
Of course, Cox plays a caterer on the show and she’s not actually trained in the culinary arts.
“I may not be the greatest at [cooking], but I’m learning,” Cox tells Zap2it. “But, it’s okay, because Lizzie isn’t the greatest chef either, but she’s learning. So, we’re learning together.”
That’s where the show’s food stylists come in. Nancy Goodman Iland and Lisa Robinson make the cast look like caterers. They prepare and arrange the food on-set and help the actors with the skills that make them look like culinary experts. The production also calls on them to be extras in the kitchen to add some realism to a shot. Spice, some may say [Insert foodie chuckle here].
Iland, Robinson and Cox took some time out to show us a couple cooking skills, which we can all actually use in our kitchens. Watch the video above for a lesson in chiffonade and creating a camera-ready flamb�. By the way, it was Cox’s first time doing a flamb� and she was great at it!
“Undercovers” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 22 on NBC.
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