I started watching this show because The Agent and I are fans of Anthony Bordain, but as with any reality show, I stuck around for the drama!
The series started with blind taste testing: Bourdain and the other three judges-- Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey-- would taste a spoonful of a dish, and then decide if they want that person on their team based on the merits of that spoon alone, without seeing the person or knowing if the person is a trained chef or a home cook.
After the teams were decided, then the challenges started. The episodes start with a team challenge: each team member makes a dish, and the mentor decides which is going to be presented to the judges. There's a theme to each week-- the first week was comfort foods, last week was wine pairings.
The judges will decide which team presented the best dish. If you were made the dish that the judges chose, then you get immunity, and your team will get some special mentoring time during the elimination round.
The elimination round is my favorite part. Each person has to create a dish within the theme, and the four mentors are tasting blind again. Every mentor has to decide on their favorite and least favorite dishes. The least favorites risk elimination. The dangerous thing is that a mentor could possibly pick his own team member to be up for elimination (this actually happened last week... Ludo picked his own team mate as his worse dish. He also said of another dish, "If a member of my team made this dish, I would send him home." Yeah... that was his teammate, too).
The mentors do not seem to like each other, the competitors definitely do not like each other, and there's cattiness being thrown around at all times. Love it!
So, what do I think of the show? It's entertaining, to be sure! If you haven't watched it yet, check it out! You can watch the latest episode here! Next week's theme is sandwiches! Would you eat Paul's Sandwich?
Paul's Sandwich from Kinetic Content on Vimeo.