Channel 4 has ordered a 30 x 30-minute run of daytime series Beat the Chef 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 chefs Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell in cook-offs to try and win a £10,000 jackpot.

In a refreshed format, every episode now 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 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.

Rachel Innes-Lumsden, director of programmes at Twofour, said: “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.”


Staff Reporter

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