Adventure Cooking Show ‘No Kitchen Required’ to Heat Up BBC America

Just announced: BBC America has officially given the green light to No Kitchen Required, an adventure cooking show that will drop three gourmet chefs into remote locations where they must hunt and gather ingredients to make a meal that will satisfy the locals. New York restaurateur Michael Psilakis, “Chopped” Grand Champion chef Madison Cowan, and New Zealand chef Kayne Raymond are the three culinary competitors, with the BBC’s Shini Somara as host. The 10-episode original series is currently set for a Spring 2012 premiere.

No Kitchen Required will ping-pong through exotic locales as far-flung as Thailand, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia and New Zealand as well as more familiar places like the Louisiana Bayou, South Carolina’s Outer Banks, Big Cypress, Florida, and Hawaii.

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, says: “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 look forward to welcoming our three charismatic chefs, Michael, Madison, and Kayne, as well as our host Shini, to the BBC America family.”

And Chachi Senior, president of the NKR‘s production company Notional LA, adds: “We really wanted to create a cooking competition series as big in scope as The Amazing Race or Survivor, with No Kitchen Required we’re confident that we’ve succeeded. Each week our chefs are dropped out of a helicopter into a super-remote part of the world and the audience is invited along for the awesome ride.”

Which location are you most looking forward to?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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