Oprah’s OWN bags Vancouver TV twosome
The two met as journalists at Global TV in the mid 1990s and left their plum jobs about 10 years ago to be their own bosses. They created the precursor to Anna Kristina’s Grocery Bag called The Shopping Bags. So sure, th adidas samba ey have made for camera good looks but spirited sass and a very real relationship are what make the show work.
OWN approached them, they say. “They’d been watching the show and were interested in acquiring it,” says Wallner. “When we finally came to an agreement, we were thrilled and excited to be part of it.”
Wallner and Matisic own the show, produce it and sell it. Regarding the financials, Wallner says, “We can say we are in 35 countries around the world and the OWN deal was certainly a good one.”
Their appeal isn’t in their cooking prowess. It’s in the klutzy Julia Child esque moments and their chutzpah in taking on challenging menus and serving the results to the savviest of chefs, local and international. Sometimes, chefs are impressed, sometimes, they’re speechless in trying not to diss their cooking.
“I dropped a chicken last night,” says Wallner, channelling Child and agreeing that their kitchen is a no pro zone.
They’ve tackled recipes from Thomas Keller and Alain Ducasse but their bte noire is pastry. “I hate making pastry dough,” says Matisic.
“I gotta say, pastry eludes us,” says Wallner.
So adidas samba far, so has Oprah. They once were invited on her show but they were bumped by another guest. “We’re still hoping to meet her,” they say.
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