FYI’s “Chef Showdown” pits kid cooks against chefs

U.S. net FYI has set a July 23 premiere for the cooking competition series Man vs Child: Chef Showdown (pictured), which pits a team of five young cooking prodigies against their culinary heroes
June 25, 2015

U.S. net FYI has set a July 23 premiere for the cooking competition series Man vs Child: Chef Showdown (pictured), which pits five young culinary prodigies against master chefs.

Hosted by Food Network’s Will Work for Food presenter and chef Adam Gertler, the 14 x 60-minute series – produced by Kinetic Content – will focus on five aspiring cooks aged seven to 14 as they challenge an executive-level chef each week in three cooking rounds.

Judges will taste each dish to decide the winners of each respective round, with the final round determined by a blind taste test.

Recurring judges will include Washington DC chef Mike Isabella and LA-based private chef Alia Zaine. Guest judges will include a revolving roster of executive chefs and restaurateurs such as Hubert Keller, Ludo Lefebvre, Mary Sue Milliken, Josiah Citrin, Antonia Lofaso and more.

The series will see Christopher Coelen, Katie Griffin, Kathleen Burns and Paul Hogan serving as executive producers for Kinetic Content, with Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine exec producing for FYI.

Man vs Child: Chef Showdown is to bow July 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

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