Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 25, 2005
The world has watched celebrity chefs reach rock-star status, and the number of aspiring talent is rapidly on the rise. Â But the fast-paced, everyday pressures of the restaurant industry are anything but glamorous as wannabe chefs struggle to climb the culinary ladder. So who can really handle the pressure of Âcooking under fireÂ? ThatÂs the question PBS will answer in the brand-new prime-time reality series Cooking Under Fire, premiering on Wednesday, April 27 at 8pm (and running at 8:30pm through JulyÂcheck local listings).
Served up by PBS as Âreality TV that feeds your brain,Â the documentary-style series will track twelve contestantsÂranging in age from 23 to 42, including four women and eight menÂas they embark on a coast-to-coast cooking competition in four of the nationÂs culinary capitalsÂLos Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York. In twelve episodes, the show will give viewers an insiderÂs look at the mental and physical challenges and intense pressures faced in todayÂs highly competitive restaurant industry, and the combination of talent and skills that it takes to succeed as a chefÂfrom creativity and culinary acumen to management abilities and purchasing power.
Beginning Tuesday, April 26th visitors to http://www.pbs.org/cookingunderfire can:
- Meet the contestants and follow their progress via journals written throughout the competition (updated weekly)
- Watch the first two episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage
- Vote for your favorite chef-in-training in an interactive poll
- Stay on top of the action with the weekly re-cap, complete with a slide show of key momentsÂand dishes
- Test your own cooking skills with selected recipes from the seriesÂ celebrity judges and guest chefs
- Access online food resources via our collection of favorite links
- Learn more about the series and celebrity chefs
About the Cooking Under Fire Production Team
Cooking Under Fire is based on an idea by Lance Reynolds, President of Atlantic Films & Television, Inc., who has represented some of America's leading celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver ("The Naked Chef"). The production team also includes John Rieber, founder of A Better Machine, Inc. and former Senior Vice President of Original Programming for E! Entertainment Television, who created programming such as the ÂWild OnÂ travel series and ÂRevealed with Jules AsnerÂ; and Laurie Donnelly, head of WGBH Lifestyle Productions; and represents an award-winning combination of feature film, documentary, how-to, and lifestyle programming experts. The Cooking Under Fire Web site is produced by WGBH Interactive.
Cooking Under Fire is a co-production of WGBH Lifestyle Productions, Lance Reynolds, and John Rieber. Corporate funding is provided by Chrysler, Inspiration Comes Standard; Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.; and All-Clad. Additional funding provided by public television viewers.
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number one producer of Web sites on pbs.org, the most-visited dot-org on the Internet. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont- Columbia AwardsÂ even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit http://www.wgbh.org.
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