Check out the trailer for this unlikely – but potentially very entertaining – hybrid (premiering on BBC America, Tuesday, October 2, 9/8C) , then follow the jump for the official press release.
BBC AMERICA’S ORIGINAL SERIES, CHEF RACE: U.K. vs. U.S., FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JAMIE OLIVER
PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 9:00PM ET/PT
Two back-to-back episodes follow the chefs from the starting point at Santa Monica Pier to
Las Vegas, NV and New Mexico
CHEF RACE: U.K. vs. U.S. – WORLD PREMIERE
From executive producer Jamie Oliver, Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. pits 16 chefs, eight Brits versus eight Americans, against each other as they race across the country in the hopes of winning a grand prize of $100,000 dollars. Michelin-starred London restaurateur, Richard Corrigan (Masterchef), serves as judge and Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) hosts the new BBC AMERICA original series. The race begins 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, cook to prosper and cook to win. In the 10 one-hour episodes, the teams battle coast to coast from Los Angeles to New York City, with the chefs living off their culinary skills and business savvy to survive and make it to their next destination. 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 elimination, but in the end, there will only be one winner. Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday October 2, 9:00pm ET and 10:00pm ET. The series continues in its regular timeslot on Tuesday, October 9, 10:00pm ET. BBC AMERICA will present a preview of episode one on Saturday, September 29, 10:00pm ET. Twitter: #ChefRace
EPISODE 1 – VEGAS OR BUST
Two mighty nations, Team U.K. and Team U.S. face off in the ultimate on-the-road culinary challenge. First stop is Las Vegas via the mining town of Calico. In this episode, the teams are given no money, no credit cards and no ingredients. With only their chef knifes, they must barter and trade their services to advance them over land to Las Vegas. Team U.K. goes to its roots, hosting a high tea in Los Angeles, while team U.S.’s bold attempt to prepare a sushi dinner for a family in the bathroom of a Las Vegas hotel may yield high dividends. Episode 1 premieres Tuesday, October 2, 9:00pm ET.
EPISODE 2 – BISON BATTLE
Team U.K. and Team U.S. are each given an incredible cooking ingredient in New Mexico: an entire bison – 400 pounds worth. Their goal is to sell all of the meat at the highest price they can muster before they reach the finish line in Santa Fe. The Brits have chefs on board who quickly rise to the occasion while the Americans’ lead chef rubs mostly everyone the wrong way. Episode 2 premieres Tuesday, October 2, 10:00pm ET.
EPISODE 3 – KILL IT, COOK IT, EAT IT
10,000 acres of Colorado wilderness becomes the kitchen for the chefs. Team U.K. and Team U.S. must hunt, fish and forage to make the meal of a lifetime for locals. The Brits are led by forager Mark who feels right at home, but some Brits have no clue about living off the land. Meanwhile, former Marine sharp shooter Ronaldo hunts prairie dogs and whips up a recipe for a prairie dog stew. It’s anyone’s guess which team will satisfy the locals’ cravings. Episode 3 premieres Tuesday, October 9, 10:00pm ET.