Secrets of a Food Network Set Designer

Take a tour of Food Network's over-the-top prop warehouse.

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Wendy Waxman, Food Network's design director, has been propping shows since 1993.

Food Network has a huge collection of canisters: They're the simplest way to give a kitchen a new look.

These orange canisters, from 30 Minute Meals, are some of design director Wendy Waxman's favorites. "Saturated colors hold up well under the lights," she says.

"Alton Brown loves lab glass," Wendy says. "Good Eats is so scientific." This collection of beakers has also shown up on countless Halloween shows, including an episode of Emeril Live. Emeril Lagasse liked to do a mad-scientist shtick for the holiday.

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These phones don't work, but Wendy loves their cheerful, retro look. She has used them to brighten up a side table on the 30 Minute Meals set.

These are props for an Iron Chef shoot.

"Chefs love copper," Wendy says. "It goes with any kitchen style. It's such a classic."

These appeared on Tyler's Ultimate. Kitchens on Mario Batali's Molto Mario and Michael Symon's Cook Like an Iron Chef also featured many of these copper pots.

Food Network goes through a lot of drinking glasses: "No matter how hard you try, they break!" Wendy says. Some of the biggest demands come from Guy's Big Bite — he uses a lot of barware.

What's a tuba doing here? The set of Emeril Live featured a wall of musical instruments, including this one. The books are for filling shelves — you can see some in the office off Anne Burrell's kitchen.

Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef set is decorated just the way she likes it: with pastel colors and plenty of vintage pieces.

Antique chocolate molds hang on one of Anne's walls. She loves vintage American cooking gear.

Wendy chose this colorful vase for Anne's set because the quirky design reminded her of Anne's clothing style.

Melissa d'Arabian's Ten Dollar Dinners set is meant to look kid-friendly and big enough to accommodate her family of six.

The wooden frames of these botanical prints echo the color of the hardwood floor.

Wendy imagines this 1950s French pottery could have been a wedding present from Melissa's mother-in-law.

This ceramic chicken plays up Melissa's family-friendly sensibility. Wendy thinks Melissa's daughters would find it funny.

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals set was upgraded five years ago and features plenty of Rachael's favorite color, orange.

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Rachael's clock is always set to 1:50. "It's a TV thing," Wendy says. "For some reason, 10 of 2 looks best."

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This vase adds pop and color to the top of Rachael's cabinets. "It's spunky, young and bright, like her," Wendy says.

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