Behind the Scenes from José Andres and Family in Spain
The secret scenes that you won’t see in my new show
Hello my friends!
By now I hope you have had a chance to see some of my new TV show, José Andrés and Family in Spain. (Check it out! It is now streaming on Discovery+.)
The show gives viewers a personal tour of my home country, Spain. I visit the places I grew up, where I worked, and meet old friends and family, all while making new memories with my daughters–and eating everything in sight. (You can listen to my girls tell their side of the story about what it’s really like traveling with their dad on the Longer Tables Podcast. But I would not believe a word they say).
Here’s the story of what happened behind the scenes: We started filming the showing in late September of 2021, and it was mostly smooth sailing. We had to postpone one trip because of Omicron, early in 2022, and even though we all took precautions and tested daily, a few of our crew still got Covid, especially later in the spring. They are all doing fine now, thank you for asking!
The first show we shot was in Asturias. This is where I was born and it was a great way to kick off the filming with my extended family.
One of the highlights of that trip was when my daughters had the chance to go diving for percebes, or gooseneck barnacles. It was something they saw me do on my PBS show 14 years ago. Now it was their turn. Everyone got up at 5 am, but only Carlota and Inés were diving for the show. (Lucía and I went for coffee.)