Channel 4 orders bumper serving of Beat the Chef
James R | On 08, Mar 2020
Channel 4 has ordered a bumper serving of Beat the Chef, its new daytime cooking show presented by Andi Oliver.
The series, produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, and Motion Content Group, sees amateur cooks go head-to-head against award winning chefs Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell in fast-paced cook-offs to try and win a £10,000 jackpot.
In a refreshed format, every episode sees a single contestant try and beat the chef. In the first round contestants play their own favourite recipe against the chef, who in turn has to cook their own version of the contestant’s dish. Both versions then go to the tasting jury who blind test the meals. Every vote the contestant wins from the jury is worth money and adds to their potential prize pot. In the second round, the chefs choose the dish. Can the contestants successfully compete against them to win votes? Contestants must predict how many votes they will get from the tasting jury. If they get it right they win the money; if they get a majority vote they win the £10,000 jackpot. But lose, and they walk away with nothing.
“The format is tight, quickly paced and presented with wonderful warmth, encouragement and a sense of humour by Andi Oliver – and the whole thing is served up in 30-minute chunks that are gloriously easy to devour,” we wrote in our review. “Say hello to your new favourite cooking show.”
Now, Channel 4 has ordered 30 more servings/
Rachel Innes-Lumsden, Director of Programmes, Twofour, says “We are delighted to be making another series of Beat the Chef for Channel 4. This re-vamped format ups the chances of the amateur beating some of the UK’s finest chefs.”
The series is commissioned by Jo Street and executive produced by Rachel Innes-Lumsden. The executive producer for Motion Content Group is Melanie Darlaston. The series director is Colin May and the series producer is Stuart Derrick.