Saturday, March 10, 2007

More TV Reality Heat

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The Judges this time around: Ming Tsai, Michael Ruhlman, and Todd English

With the constant rise of today’s chefs reaching near rock star status -- does anyone truly realize the amount of pressure brewing from moment to moment most up-and-coming chefs actually face behind the scenes in the average restaurant kitchen? Well, that's the question PBS will attempt to explore in the brand-new prime-time reality series Cooking Under Fire premiering Wednesday, April 27th.

In this Reality TV/documentary series, 12 contestants will be tracked as they embark on a coast-to-coast cooking competition in four of the nation's culinary capitals --Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York. The show will share an insider's look at the mental and physical challenges and intense pressures faced in the today's highly competitive restaurant industry, and the combination of talent and skills that it really takes to succeed. It's also being solidly touted as: "Reality TV — the way only PBS can do it." Um...Okay.

In any event, the contestants will be judged by celebrity super chefs Ming Tsai, Todd English, and Michael Ruhlman author of The Soul of a Chef,The Making of a Chef , as well as an impressive panel of local guest chef judges -- as they face cooking challenges, difficult deadlines, and the heated pressure of working against the clock. Those who can’t stand the heat will, of course, be taken off the competition menu and sent packing. And, of course, the lone contestant left standing, will win the ultimate prize -- a chef position at one of restaurateur Todd English's New York City restaurants.

A kinder, gentler, Fox Network’s Hell’s Kitchen with a lighter twist, perhaps? We’ll see. Check local listings – and tune in.

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