I go over to Toytown Germany from time to time to check out what’s happening with English-speaking expats living in Germany. I click on View latest posts about a week or so ago and right near the top I see one from a TV producer down in Munich looking for someone to go on her show to bake a deep-dish / American-style pizza. I would be a contest: a three-way bake-off pitting Italian, German and American pizza against each other, with a group of German high school kids doing the judging.
I’m thinking: Tough crowd - but what the hell.
The post is only minutes old. I shoot an email back at her telling her that I’ve been making American-style pizza for my family for ages, that they love it, that the dough is made from scratch using a recipe from my sister-in-law, ditto the sauce, that I don’t go overboard with the toppings, and that I’m reasonably well house-trained.
I also mention I’m comfortable under the lights, having been a TV producer, reporter and anchor for a news station in Hong Kong in the mid-nineties.
“Oh, and I’m Canadian,” I add. “I hope that doesn’t ruin my chances.”
She writes back after a bit to say no problem, they’d love to work with me, but that I’d have to leave my Vancouver Canucks sweater at home, tone down the Maple Syrup and Hockey Stick routine, and that as the designated baker of American-style pizza, I would have to represent the USA.
“You’d have to hold up the American flag for the judging,” she says. “The German will hold up the German flag, the Italian his flag – you can do that, can’t you?”
I thought about this. I thought: sure I can do it, the recipe’s drilled into my head, but …but…. I’m a Canuck! Besides, do people immediately drop everything, phone around to get colleagues to fill in for you and change other plans, just for the chance to be whisked off in a taxi to the airport right after work, flown across the country, put up in a hotel, do a day-long shoot, all expenses paid and a few bucks spending money, then fly home?
Fuckin’ rights they do. Sounds like fun. I tell her: Oh, all right. … I guess so. But can I wear a little Canadian flag on my lapel?
First in a series. The last installment will have a video of the show, which airs on March 13. That is, if I ever figure out how to convert the digital file so I can upload it to YouRube. Sometime over the next few days: the pizza prep, the shoot, the judging, the finale. Maybe even the recipe…
© 2008 lettershometoyou
PS: The show will air March 13 at 1910 on a show called Galileo.