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Greenlit: Chef Race: UK vs US, BBC America

Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. (10 x 60′) –  Pits 16 chefs – eight Brits versus eight Americans – against each other as they race across the country using their culinary skills and business savvy in the hopes of winning a grand prize of $100,000 dollars. Michelin-starred London restaurateur, Richard Corrigan (Masterchef), serves as a mentor and judge and Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) hosts.

The race starts on the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, where Team U.K. and Team U.S. are stripped of their cash and credit cards and challenged to cook to survive, prosper and win. The teams battle coast to coast from Los Angeles to New York City, with the chefs living off their cooking skills, resourcefulness, ingenuity, leadership and finesseto survive and make it to their next destination. They’ll need to make enough cash, and maybe a few friends, in order to make it to the next checkpoint. In the beginning, they will work as teams and cook to turn a profit. The team with the biggest profit moves on and the losing team faces team member elimination by way of a cook-off. In the end there will only be one winner.

The chefs range in experience – from working in Michelin-starred restaurants to having studied at prestigious culinary institutes to no formal training at all. The 4,000 mile road trip has them competing in Los Angeles – Albuquerque and Sante Fe, New Mexico – Grand Mesa, Colorado – Dodge City, Kansas – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Fort Smith, Arkansas – Memphis, Tennessee – St. Louis, Missouri – Springfield and Chicago, Illinois – Detroit, Michigan – Bedford, Ohio – Baltimore, Maryland and New York City.

From dealing with an entire bison in New Mexico, fishing in the Great Lakes and maneuvering a mobile pizza oven in Chicago to tackling serious barbeque in Memphis and whipping up their best crab cake in Maryland, these chefs must prove they’ve got what it takes when thrust into the rich diversity of American cuisine. Not only will they have to prove their culinary weight, they’ll be forced to stay formidable against teammates with big egos and sharp tongues. Resourcefulness, ingenuity, leadership and finesse will be just as important on their 4,000 mile adventure as the tastiness of their delectable creations.

Channel: BBC America

Producer: Fresh One Productions

TX: 2nd October 2012

Source: BBC America press release

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