Freeland Cafe's Petite Bryant-Hunt is KCTS Chef`
June 25, 2008 · Updated 6:41 PM
"Sistas Dawn Swamp, Verity Sensano and Lani Bryant were able to watch the monitor as their sister Petite Bryant-Hunt was filed by KCTS-9 photographersJoan Soltys/staff photosWatch the chefSee Petite Bryant-Hunt create her popular Scallop Pot Pie during KCTS Chefs, airing on Saturday, May 19, 3 p.m. on Channel 9. The program will be repeated on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.Early patrons of the Freeland Cafe seeking coffee and breakfast, with perhaps a look at the day's newspaper, were faced with closed doors on a recent Wednesday morning. It was a rare occurrence, since the cafe has been open almost every day of its existence, sometimes the only place in town you could get a meal during a power outage.But the short morning closure was for a good reason, as a sign on the door indicated: A film crew from KCTS-9, the area's public television station, was busy inside the restaurant setting up lights, cameras and monitors. They were there to film cafe owner Petite Bryant-Hunt as she prepared one of her famous pot pies: this time a signature Northwest scallop and mushroom dish.It was an exciting moment for both the cook and the three other Sistas who own the Freeland Cafe.According to producer Nicole Metcalf, who appeared with Bryant-Hunt on camera, several people from Whidbey had responded to a call from the television station for their favorite restaurants, and the Freeland Cafe had garnered a number of votes.We hadn't come to Whidbey before, and we heard such good things about the place, Metcalf said. She herself is a Whidbey native, daughter of Intermediate School teacher Lorena Welch and graduating in 1985 from South Whidbey High School.As she tied on her apron, Bryant-Hunt said she was notified of the TV show's interest about a week before.I was nervous before, but now that we're actually doing it, I feel fine, she said.When cameras started rolling, Bryant-Hunt proved herself a natural. While her sisters Dawn Swamp, Verity Sensano and Lani Bryant watched the TV monitor (with a peek now and then from 7-year-old Layla, Lani's daughter) Petite Bryant-Hunt chatted casually with Metcalf, talked about where to get the best scallops and tossed together the ingredients for her dish: A Scallop Mushroom Pot Pie.There weren't many retakes, and the two TV photographers said later that chefs and cooks are almost always good in front of a camera.We just ask them to tell us about what they do, said Tom Speer, who did the tight shots. He did add, It helps when you have such talent. Nicole is great, and Petite was wonderful.At the end of the session, while cameras and lights were being packed up, Bryant-Hunt brought out a finished product for the crew to sample. It was a success; forks were dipped into the pie and appreciative sounds were heard.To learn how Petite Bryant-Hunt makes her famous scallop pot pie, tune into Channel 9 this Saturday at 3 p.m. She'll be joined by other chefs from around the Northwest. You can even make a pledge and get a cookbook featuring a specialty of the Freeland Cafe. "