Details are in on the Jamie Oliver-produced BBC America show, Chef Race: UK vs US: first of all, it premieres on October 2 at 9:00PM ET, although there is a “special preview” on September 29 at 10:00PM. So, pick one? Anyway, Chef Race pits a group of British chefs against a group of American ones as they race across the country from Los Angeles to New York doing things like cooking entire bisons. It stars a bunch of chefs that are likely unfamiliar to American audiences — with the possible exception of Sugar Ray drummer Stan Frazier, who is apparently a “a passionate home cook.” It’s unclear whether Jamie Oliver ever actually appears on the show; it’s hosted by Claire Robinson of the Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix and British restaurateur Richard Corrigan.
The full list of contestants, a summary of the first four episodes, and much more is included in the press release below. There’s also a preview that reveals the fact that the chefs all wear bandanas with their flags on them, and also one British chef tells an American, “We have morals. Obviously you Americans don’t.” Fun.
Watch the preview after the click
The adventure + cooking series ‘No Kitchen Required’ gets it’s world premiere on BBC America April 3 at 10/9c.
Picture New York restaurateur Michael Psilakis, first ever ‘Chopped’ Grand Champion chef Madison Cowan and international chef Kayne Raymond as they prepare dishes from ten very different and remote locations including Dominica, New Zealand, Belize, Fiji, Chiang Dao, Thailand, Koh Lanta, as well as Hawaii, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida.
Each chef is free to choose the indigenous ingredients he wants to use—the challenge comes when he must acquire and prepare the ingredients in the same manner as the locals. The chefs’ meals will ultimately be judged by the local community and one will be chosen as winner in each episode.
The chefs are smart and inventive. The settings are lush and gorgeous.
We’ll be posting interviews with the chefs and beautiful photographs from behind the scenes to the No Kitchen Required Facebook Page as we get closer to the premiere. Go like the page to get all of that and more.
If you haven’t seen the trailer, it’s embedded below: