More food TV: Today Bravo announced a new show called Around the World in 80 Plates (working title) that "takes culinary competition to the next level." Like a level higher than Food Network's extremely extreme Extreme Chef?
Around the World in 80 Plates looks to be a mashup of The Amazing Race and Top Chef, creating an entirely new genre of television: the culinary adventure show. Here's how Bravo describes it:
Up-and-coming chefs will travel to various countries testing their skills in some of the greatest and most challenging restaurants around the globe. 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- all while being at the mercy of the demanding restaurant owners. Ultimately, they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not just recreate, but reinvent the menus for these world-renowned restaurants.
It's produced by Magical Elves, the company behind hits like Top Chef and flops like America's Next Great Restaurant. Oh, and season four of Top Chef Masters was also announced. Hooray.
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