There's a new chef competition on the air and an upcoming episode was filmed in Dodge City on June 12.
There's a new chef competition on the air and an upcoming episode was filmed in Dodge City on June 12. The episode will air at 9 p.m. Oct. 16 on the BBC America channel.
The show premiered Sept. 29 and features two teams of chefs in a coast-to-coast race using their culinary skills and business savvy in an attempt to win $100,000.
The 16 chefs — eight British and eight American — are accompanied by London restaurateur, Richard Corrigan, and Claire Robinson, who hosts 5 Ingredient Fix on the Food Network and also hosts the chef race.
The race is produced by chef Jamie Oliver's production company Fresh One.
"The restaurant business is one of the toughest in the world and to be successful in it these days takes so much more than just being able to cook. You've got to have a good business sense, vision, leadership and so much more. It's going to take an incredible individual to win it," Oliver said in a recent press release.
The race started on the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, where both teams turned in their cash and credit cards and were challenged to cook to survive.
The teams have to use their cooking skills, along with ingenuity and networking skills, to earn enough cash to make it to the next checkpoint.
The team with the biggest profit each week moves on and one member of the losing team faces elimination by way of a cook-off.
By the time the race reaches New York City, there will be only one winner.
Stops along the way include Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Grand Mesa in Colorado, Dodge City, Oklahoma City, Ft. Smith in Arkansas, Memphis, St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago in Illinois, Detroit, Bedford in Ohio, Baltimore and New York City.
Challenges along the way include dealing with an entire bison in New Mexico, fishing in the Great Lakes and whipping up barbecue in Memphis and crab cakes in Baltimore.
Showdown on Front Street
While in Dodge City on June 12, the teams were issued a challenge and directed to meet again in Wichita for the next checkpoint.
The U.S. team decided to stay in Dodge City to earn some cash.
Boot Hill Museum gave them a kitchen for the day and donated food supplies.
The team, working with local assistance, spent the afternoon cooking and rounding up about 80 people for an impromptu dinner that evening.
Two of the team members were outfitted in cowboy style and went around town drumming up business.
The challenge for the episode was that each team had to create classic dishes from the other team's cuisine.
According to Macee James, group and special event manager at Boot Hill Museum, the American team came up with an interesting menu.
"They made shepherd's pie, steak and kidney pie and, of course, fish and chips. For dessert they made spotted dick, which is a British steamed pudding with dried fruit served with a custard," James said.
In order to earn a little extra cash, the team later served leftovers at Victory Electric and cooked for Dr. Kelly Henrichs staff.
Whether the U.S. team beat the U.K. team that day is still a mystery but all will be revealed on the Oct. 14 episode.