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Cooking Under Fire; Cooking For The Common Man


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Cooking Under Fire
Cooking For The Common Man
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Series Description

Judges Ming Tsai, Todd English and Michael Ruhlman search the country to find the most culinary committed. They track 12 finalists plucked from the country's restaurants and culinary schools as they embark on a coast-to-coast cooking competition, this documentary-style series will bring viewers behind the scenes and into the kitchen. Each week, the aspiring chefs face intense cooking challenges, difficult deadlines, and the heated pressure of working against the clock. In order to survive, they must combine their kitchen savvy, unique style, and skills of organization and creativity to serve the judges a winning meal. Contestants who fail to perform will run the risk of being "86ed" -- taken off the competition menu and sent home. But success will bring them one step closer to the ultimate culinary prize: a chef position in one of restaurateur Todd English's Manhattan restaurants. Series release date: 4/2005

Program Description

This week it's down to six finalists as the contestants encounter their first female chef, Michelle Bernstein. Michelle introduces them to the flavors of South Florida comfort food in the form of a Cuban sandwich. After a taste of a genuine cubano it's back to Johnson & Wales, where the judges announce this week's challenge: incorporating authentic Cuban dishes into a family-style meal using family-style collaboration. For the first time, the contestants aren't being judged solely on their cooking; leadership and teamwork have come into play.

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Game Show
Chicago: “Cooking Under Fire; Cooking For The Common Man,” 05/27/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_45B34491CED245E98A7E955A104C31EF.
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APA: Cooking Under Fire; Cooking For The Common Man. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_45B34491CED245E98A7E955A104C31EF
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