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Date published: 10/1/2012
According to the first two "Chef Race" episodes, this is a nation of grillers. Pass the bison burgers.
The new BBC America reality show pits 16 chefs in two teams in a race across the United States. Eight are from the United Kingdom, eight are Americans.
"It's got emotions of 'The Apprentice,' 'Master Chief,' sort of rolled into one, but a lot more rugged," says executive producer Jamie Oliver, known for "Food Revolution" on ABC and more. "There're lots of different kinds of chef. You got people that work in street food, pop-up [stands], and people that are artisans. All competing, with literally no money, to get across the States."
The culture clashes are jarring at times. Not the cultural menu choices, but mindsets of the teams. By the end of the second episode, several chefs on each side stand out for their unpleasant personalities.
"It's not just about England vs. America, which is obviously a good premise, it's also the individual battles," Oliver says. "There's only one winner so it's really everyone for themselves, but, at the same time, they have to be team players."
Shot in two months over the summer, "Chef Race" will ultimately be shown around the world. The goal is $100,000 for one winner.
The show's producer, Fresh One Productions, includes veterans from reality shows including "Amazing Race," and "Undercover Boss."
The host, Claire Robinson, hails from Florida while the judge is English, Richard Corrigan, a Michelin-starred restaurateur.
"America is so diverse," says Oliver. "The journey across, setting off in Los Angeles [actually Santa Monica], ending up in New York, a massive hike--4,000 miles across 10 shows."
"For most of these people, this will make or break their future careers, sort of turbo-charge their advancement. $100 grand is enough to get a loan from a bank to do something bigger."bbcamerica.com/chef-race
WHAT: "Chef Race" WHEN: Tuesday's at 10 p.m. WHERE: BBC America