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Cooking Under Fire; Auditions


Cooking Under Fire 101K, Dept. back-up with captions, 26:46. Auditions

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Cooking Under Fire
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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

At the auditions, contestants are asked to perform a series of basic food-prep tasks: chopping an onion to a quarter-inch dice, filleting ("breaking down") a whole salmon, identifying a dried sea cucumber, identifying a selection of dried spices, and distinguishing five different salts. But the judges are searching for more than just quick and accurate sniffers and dicers — do they have what it takes to be a chef in a New York restaurant?

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Game Show
Chicago: “Cooking Under Fire; Auditions,” 04/15/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EDA27ECEC38C43498D6A78A2E02372A0.
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