BBC America says yes to “No Kitchen Required”

BBC America has commissioned Notional to produce the cooking adventure competition, which drops three chefs into remote locations to cook for the locals.
November 23, 2011

BBC America has commissioned U.S. prodco Notional to produce No Kitchen Required, a cooking adventure competition which will drop three chefs into remote locations to cook for the locals.

The 10-part, one-hour series, will premiere in the spring of 2012 and stars New York restaurateur Michael Psilakis, Chopped‘s first grand champion Madison Cowan, and New Zealand chef Kayne Raymond. The trio will be dropped via helicopter into remote locations –including Thailand, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, the Louisiana bayou and Hawaii – and must hunt, forage and collect ingredients. Their locally-inspired meal is then judged by the community and only one will be named the winner in each episode.

The series will be hosted by British presenter Shini Somara (BBC’s One Show, BBC World News’ The Health Show), who will also join the chefs on the adventures.

Perry Simon, general manager, channels, BBC Worldwide America said: “No Kitchen Required is a unique hybrid food/travel/adventure show that gives our audience fascinating insights into diverse cultures, making it a perfect fit for the BBC America brand and an exciting addition to our ever-expanding original programming slate.”

“We really wanted to create a cooking competition series as big in scope as The Amazing Race or Survivor, [and] with No Kitchen Required we’re confident that we’ve succeeded,” added Chachi Senior, president, Notional LA.

No Kitchen Required is executive produced by Kevin Greene and Notional’s Chachi Senior and Dave Noll.

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