“Rachael and Guy each have true passion and dedication when it comes to working with children,” stated Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “With Kids Cook-Off, they get to up the ante, and have their mentoring skills tested like never before, with the goal of insuring their team’s kids all succeed in the kitchen.”
Over four episodes eight children are divided into Team Rachael and Team Guy, as they compete against each other in a series of challenges designed to test the kids’ culinary know-how. In each episode, the teams participate in a pop quiz crafted to highlight their talents in the kitchen, followed by a classroom mentoring session with Rachael and Guy, and culminating in the creation of a menu plan for the Cook-Off.
Guest judges, including Chef Richard Blais, Chef Duff Goldman, Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) and Marion Ross (Happy Days), will taste and grade the dishes and give each competitor a report card. The kid chef with the highest score on each team will be named MVP of that challenge and win a prize. In the end, the junior chef with the highest overall score will win their own web series on FoodNetwork.com.
Episode #1 titled “These Kids Can Cook” will find Ray and Fieri meeting the kids and choosing their teams. After dividing them up, “the kids are immediately given a Pop Quiz: create a signature dish that best expresses their culinary skills. Following tasting and critique, Guy and Rachael mentor their teams on culinary secrets and skills before the First Lady, Michelle Obama, makes a very special surprise video announcement explaining the Cook-Off Challenge. Each team is challenged with creating a fresh, healthy and delicious lunch to be tasted by special guest judge and teen star Stefanie Scott (Wreck It Ralph, A.N.T. Farm). Stefanie will give each kid a report card and select an MVP from each team who will win a cool prize, but the kid with the most points overall will be closer to the grand prize.”
Source: Food Network
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