Channel 4 launching Beat The Chef
20 November 2018 - 11:00 AM

Channel 4 launching Beat The Chef

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Channel 4 is launching new cookery show "Beat The Chef".

The programme, hosted by Andi Oliver, will allow budding cooks to compete for a £10,000 prize pot in a series of kitchen challenges, and is said to be similar to the BBC's "MasterChef" - which is fronted by Gregg Wallace and John Torode - but with a "twist".

A show insider told The Sun's Bizarre TV column: "Those "Bake Off" fans who are waiting for the next series to start on Channel 4 will be served up "Beat The Chef" in the new year.

"It's being billed as "MasterChef" with a game show twist, where amateur cooks try to win challenges against the professionals for a jackpot prize.

"It's going to be really fast-paced, and with a lot of money and reputations on the line, that's definitely going to add to the drama of it.

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"It's much like the original version of daytime classic "Ready Steady Cook" hosted by Ainsley Harriott, so it's a formula which works and producers hope will be a slice of TV gold."

The four house chefs to beat include Michelin-starred Mark Sargeant, celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna, award-winning cook James Tanner and Frederick Forster.

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James, who used to be a regular on "Ready Steady Cook", is best known for co-owning the Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth and cooking on various television programmes.

The new series, which will be given a prime-time evening slot, is based on the hugely-popular 90s Japanese show "Iron Chef", which aired for more than a decade.

In "Iron Chef", Japanese contestants were challenged to a 25-minute cook against a star chef using different and unusual ingredients.

Host Andi - who is mother of presenter Miquita Oliver - used to co-present the Channel 4 show "Baadasss TV" alongside Ice-T and also frequently appears on the BBC's annual coverage of Glastonbury Festival.

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