If you’re happy to while away the day chopping onions, mixing cake batters or slow-cooking a cracking stew all in the name of fantastic food, then there’s a new TV show airing later this year that wants to hear from you. Created by the legendary Gordon Ramsay, Culinary Genius will put your skills to the test against eight other contestants, with the winner taking home a cash prize and the knowledge that they’re a seriously accomplished cook.
‘The show is going to showcase amateur chefs’ abilities to not only cook, but the ability to complete other essential skills in the kitchen,’ says Gordon. ‘Every day there will be nine contestants that compete over a series of three rounds that test their culinary talent. One will emerge as the winner and gain the title of Culinary Genius.
‘I’m hoping all sorts of people from all walks of life will apply, whether it’s the gran in the countryside or the cool hipster foodie in London,’ he adds. ‘I think that over the past five years food has really taken off and now people care about where it comes from and how they eat. With that, it’s made the country a nation of better home cooks.’
The fun and prizes are tempting enough on their own, but there’s more – while Gordon will be running the show during week one, there will be other chefs from the UK’s very best restaurants helping out down the line. ‘I’ll be the chef in the first week, but I’ll have my eyes over all the episodes throughout the season,’ says Gordon. ‘I created Culinary Genius because I wanted to bring the competitiveness and intensity of a game show into the food world, and that’s the feel that I hope the show will have. I think people should apply because the show is high-octane, fun and – most importantly – brag-worthy! Don’t people want to impress me on my new UK cooking show? They get to show off their skills, meet some of the best chefs in the country and even win some money.’