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"No Kitchen Required" (BBC) -- anyone else watch this show?

I sort of like it.

And for those fans of Madison from Chopped and Chopped Champions, he's a contestant.


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  1. There's a Chow article on the 1st episode.

      1. re: mariacristina

        Interesting how this show seems to be completely overlooked by the Chowhound community. Not much drama, I guess

        1. re: dondcook

          I love it. I think introducing audiences to to indigenous/aboriginal cuisine and culture as part of a cooking compettiton, and then having said members sample the chefs' take on the ingredients is pretty cool. Besides, I'm a big Madison fan.

          1. re: David11238

            the episode in Thailand with the isolated, non-Thai fishing village was particularly interesting because they didn't cultivate any foods, and operated in a non-cash, barter economy.

            we can only hope that BBC compensates the groups visited by the production crew/cast well beyond the gifts presented by the chefs at the end of the programs.

      2. I have been trying to find torrents of the show since I do not have BBC America but to no avail. Sounds interesting though.

        1. Just watched it on BBC Canada. Not bad. I think I'll keep watching and see how it goes.

          1. It is on again on BBC America Tuesday's 11PM Eastern

            1. i keep going back to watch it, but i can't seem to get into it. i'm nost sure why. maybe it's the actual chefs/contestants who do not appeal to me?

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              1. re: ritabwh

                I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it. Much more than Around the World in 80 Plates, that's for sure. I only made it halfway through episode 2 of that one. The NKR cheftestants I was fine with - although I thought it was funny that the New Zealander found that every single location he visited reminded him of somewhere in New Zealand. While the various challenges were fun, I think a greater emphasis on cooking would have been more enjoyable. In particular I would have liked to watch the various host groups actually preparing the food they served the cheftestants. That would have provided a more interesting contrast with watching the outsiders try to please the local audience.

              2. I just watched some of the New Zealand episode. First the chefs beat watermelons on a string with native weapons, then look uncomfortable at an "authentic" Maori ritual. I thought it was embarrassingly bad.