Beat the Chef

(Synopsis: you need three votes in the final round)
 
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Current revision as of 01:30, 8 July 2019

Contents

Host

Andi Oliver

Co-hosts

Resident chefs: Mark Sargeant, Clodagh McKenna, James Tanner, Frederick Forster

Broadcast

TwoFour and Motion Content Group for Channel 4, 27 May 2019 to present

Synopsis

Skilful amateur cooks take on professionals, cooking the same dish under the same conditions. A jury of gastronomes chooses which version they prefer, and there's cash for the amateur when they come out on top.

Each match runs under strict conditions. The same 45 minutes to cook and plate up, the same basic ingredients, cooked in identical studios. Andi Oliver talks with the contestant and the house chef, and delivers the result.

Beat the Chef Andi Oliver in the kitchen.

Once the dishes have been cooked, the "food jury" of five people sample each, and vote for their favourite. Only one of the jury needs to back the player for them to win cash and progress in the contest; should all the jury prefer the chef's dish, our contender loses all the money they've accumulated so far.

Each round is played against the same chef, it's always contestant versus the same chef.

Beat the Chef The contestant and chef banter across the kitchen.

As the player advances in the contest, so they get less choice of what to make. The rounds are:

  1. A dish entirely of the contestant's choice
  2. Contestant chooses one of three main ingredients to make something savoury
  3. Contestant chooses one of two main ingredients for a sweet dish
  4. Contestant and chef are lumbered with one main ingredient
  5. House chef's signature dish

First round earns £100 per vote, then £200, £300, and £400. If the majority prefer the contender's interpretation to the chef's signature dish, they win £10,000.

Beat the Chef proved popular, and viewership went up through its first series.

Beat the Chef pitched itself between game shows and cookery shows. We think it falls between these two stools: there isn't enough information to have a go at these dishes yourself, and the show is perhaps a little too fast to create tension. They put two rounds in a half-hour show - three rounds in a one-hour show might give all a bit more room to breathe.

See also

Weaver's Week review

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