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Jamie Oliver (AP Photo/Claudia Schmiedt)

BBC America’s new show Chef Race: UK vs. U.S. follows sixteen chefs, eight Americans versus eight Brits, as they race across the United States from Los Angeles to New York City in hopes of winning the $100,000 prize.

Executive produced by Jamie Oliver, the new original unscripted series will consist of ten, 60 minute episodes airing in Fall 2012. Oliver doesn’t mince words with this fitting title.

Oliver told BBC: “The restaurant business is one of the toughest in the world and to be successful in it these days takes so much more than just being able to cook.”

The chefs aren’t completely on their own, accompanied by Michelin-starred London Restaurateur Richard Corrigan (Masterchef), who serves as a mentor and judge, and host Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix). 

Chef Race differs from other cooking competition programs with the contestants having no budget and minimal resources. BBC reports that the chefs must rely on more than their cooking skills utilizing resourcefulness, ingenuity, leadership and finesse.

The Americans might have the home court advantage but the Brits come first in the title. Either way, everyone speaks the same language … food.

 The culinary adventure will cover 3,000 miles.

 Who will you be cheering for — the Americans or the Brits?

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By Brigid Brown