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Mar 8, 2012 08:51 AM

Around the World in 80 Plates [Split from Top Chef thread] [spoilers]


"Around the World in 80 Plates takes culinary competition to the next level as 12 chefs travel across the globe testing their skills and determination. In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city where they will learn the local customs, cultures, and cuisines as they participate in a gauntlet of culinary challenges. Ultimately, they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not only recreate, but reinvent the menus for world-renowned restaurants and their demanding owners. "

And the first contestant in the bios is the EC at Fenway Park in Boston! OK, looks like I'll be watching this one. :-D

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  1. I really hope Jose Andres sticks to judging Western European food.

    1. Wow, if they stick to that format and don't go overboard with inane challenges and trumped up drama, this may be much more satisfying than what we've gotten from TC.

      Really looking forward to this!

        1. re: Phaedrus

          Agreed.....EXCEPT, it has elements of disaster written all over it.

          Having viewed the video below, it's a combination of Top Chef, Amazing Race, and Biggest Loser. They will work in teams to recreate the various national dishes, and be judged by the regular diners in the restaurants they "take over." Curtis and Cat will tell them what the diners thought, and the losing team will then vote on who goes home. Ahh, there's the rub. They're judging themselves.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            BTW - I'm going to recommend to the Mods that they pull this part of the TC Reunion thread into it's own thread called "New Bravo Show: Around the World in 80 Plates" and let us talk about it there.

          2. one of Gordon Ramsay's better programs was based on him spending a week in a country whose food he admired but had little knowledge of. he visited various chefs and markets, got tutorials, and after a week cooked a multi course dinner for his top chef hosts and local food critics.

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              1. re: LindaWhit

                Gordon Ramsey's Great Escapes...British yes, playing repeats on BBC America now.

                1. re: sibeats

                  And for whatever earthly stupid reason, Verizon FiOS doesn't offer BBC America in their initial level cable package. Damn.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    my t.v. service provider also charges more for the level that includes BBC-A. getting the Smithsonian channel from them costs even more. we can only expect them to behave like drug lords controlling a powerful addictive. the Ramsey show revealed a very interesting side of him -- physically quite engaged with things and understanding how to approach something unfamiliar with complete humility and an open mind.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I have basic level Fios and while I don't have that channel either, I do get BBC America on Fios On Demand. Not all shows, but some, and they are often updated.

                2. re: moto

                  I saw that a few times and really liked it. GR comes off so much better when he isn't doing HK or KN.

                3. Will you please, please, pretty please with sugar on top do the recaps for this one, too?