Savour Online Classes is nearing its 1st Birthday, and to celebrate we thought we’d give you a quick behind the scenes look at the making of our Lamington recipe, just to show you the 5 week process in creating one of our videos and releasing it online.
It all starts with an idea. A recipe idea is conceived by award winning pastry chef and host of Savour Online Classes Kirsten Tibballs, with the weights and measurements crudely drawn on a scrap piece of paper. In the case of the Lamington, the recipe was voted by our subscribers as the recipe they most wanted to see (36% of the votes). The Lamington was a creation from Kirsten Tibballs’ debut cookbook ‘Chocolate to Savour’, so the recipe was mostly already constructed.
Kirsten will give the recipe to the Savour team to create it for the first time. They will meticulously follow the recipe and method to ensure that it looks right, the measurements are correct and most importantly, it tastes good. Once the product is created, Kirsten will work with the team on the notes taken about how the recipe went, plus also providing a yield, difficulty and the time taken to create this particular product.
If adjustments are needed to the recipe, Kirsten and the Savour team will continue to make the product to ensure the recipe is perfect. Nothing goes any further until it is!
Filming of our online classes is done in our studio setup at Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School. We genially have our hands-on classes running simultaneously whilst we filming, so if you can hear our resident teacher and pastry chef Paul Kennedy in the audio, you know why. Yes, it’s sound proof and yes, he has a loud voice.
Some of our recipes have taken up to 2 full days (16 hours) just to complete the filming. In the case of the Lamington, we managed to get it finished in 8 hours.
Kirsten also doesn’t use cue cards, or any prompts with her product knowledge. Basically, she’s a walking encyclopaedia of all things chocolate and patisserie. The finished recipes are normally given away as gifts or devoured by our hungry staff.
One of the longest stages in creating a video recipe is the editing process. Some videos can take up to 5 full days to edit some of the largest recipes. In the hours spent filming, mistakes sometimes do happen. Kirsten might flub her lines, or spill some chocolate on the bench and need it cleaned. But, we don’t want to bore you with all that.
For the lamington recipe we took approximately 7 hours of footage and cut it down to 42 minutes. Much better!
At this stage, the final changes and editing of the recipe take place. We pretty up the downloadable recipe with a picture and make sure it’s good to go. Now with the edited video and the formatted recipe, Kirsten watches the video to ensure it correctly matches the recipe.
We have a finished recipe and video…yay! The video and recipe is uploaded to the server, ready for you to create in your own kitchen.
As you can see it’s a long process, but we really enjoy bringing these video recipes to you. This is why we have to plan well in advance with some of the recipes we make, but also to give you an idea as to why the Lamington recipe couldn’t just be available the day after the poll ended. If you have any questions, or feedback, please visit us on our Forum, or find us on Facebook or Instagram.