The Esquire Network has announced that Top Chef winner Ilan Hall's new show Knife Fight will premiere on September 24th. The show was originally set to air this past April, but NBC Universal decided to postpone the release of the Esquire Network — a rebranding of the G4 network — by a few months to create "more original programming."
The concept of Knife Fight remains the same. The show puts two chefs in competition with each other at Hall's LA restaurant The Gorbals in front of "a rowdy crowd, including friends, neighbors, and an eclectic group of celebrities, food professionals and die-hard foodies ." The first episode will pit British chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City, LA) against French chef David Feau (Le Ka, LA), while the second episode finds former Top Cheftestapant CJ Jacobsen against Kris Morningstar (Ray's and Stark Bar, LA).
The rotating cast of judges includes actors Drew Barrymore, Elijah Wood, Eric Wareheim, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, and Erika Christensen; also chefs Elia Aboumrad and Michael Voltaggio. Says Hall about the show's origins, "This happened really organically, it was just one chef talking smack to another... It then became a full-fledged fight that we do all the time." There's no huge cash prize for winning. Just glory and a "crappy three-dollar knife." Watch the preview:
Below, an exclusive preview clip of the first episode: