Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

One Roving Cook v2

This is an idea I have had in my head for over five years now, teaching people how to cook from scratch using everyday ingredients bought from local supermarkets. There are a lot people who want to cook but think it’s too hard, especially those living alone and who may never have had the chance to learn.

I have two passions, filming and cooking and with my production skills I am combining both passions to produce a unique taste of Scotland, archiving the best locally produced family meals with a bit of humour added along the way.

How many times do you read a recipe book to discover you either don’t know what certain ingredients are or you can’t source them, this is where “One Roving Cook” delivers, all my recipes are simple and locally sourced in shops we all shop in.

Why “Roving”, simple I will take you to different kitchens throughout the series to meet and enjoy different characters and flavours from all round local Scottish family kitchens.

It will have a mixture of meals from healthy to the not so healthy.

I am not a professional cook as you all know but have been cooking the family meals for well over 25 years and have picked up a few ideas along the way, I got a great recipe from Doreen a professional catering cook while filming a child’s bar mitzvah many years ago.


As you can see it’s not a professional kitchen and it will be shot with three cameras, the main one being a JVC LS300 with a 12-40mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens, a Panasonic GH4 with a 7-14mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens for static wide shot and a static remote controlled Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 with a 24-400mm f2.8-4 Leica zoom lens from the roof, all shooting 1080 50p.

LS300 v2

I would like to thank JVC at this point for giving me such a great deal on the LS300 and for helping part sponsor this program. I am still looking for sponsors from kitchen utensils to a major food retail outlet,  If you can point me in the right direction I would be most appreciated email me at

Would you like to invite me into your kitchen email me with your recipe. I will show you the pilot when we have produced one, hopefully this week.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

6 thoughts on “One Roving Cook coming to a You Tube Channel near you.

  1. Philip,

    Tremendous concept. Best of both worlds.


    HDW : Thanks Ron

  2. Hi Phillip, Right up my street. Currently I am a ‘heater upperer’. You could improve both my diet and my bank balance! Bob

    HDW : Thanks Bob

  3. Like this idea a lot. Some professional production standards in filming interesting cooking has got to be a winning formula.Just don’t do a Nigella, pouting at the camera wouldn’t work!
    Showing people how to make accessible recipes is a good start but there are lots of avenues to explore.
    Good luck with this Philip

    HDW : Thanks Richard

  4. Can’t wait! Express yourself, Phil! But if you could also continue to post on the Osmo that would be awesome.

    HDW : Using both Osmo’s tomorrow…thanks again

  5. Good luck, Philip! Big fan of your camera reviews and sure to be a big fan of your show – looking forward to it!

    Thanks Bill

  6. Good on you Philip, I look forward to seeing your show if I can.
    Here’s an idea. Please do a show on different fry pans. I’ve seen a few friends recently had problems with food sticking to “non stick fry pans” It seems you cannot use non stick fry pans at high heat or the non stick will break down. cast iron (heavy) or carbon steel (AKA black steel, but ugly) are the best as they can be used at high heat.

    HDW : Will do some experimenting..thanks

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