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Beat the Chefs review episode #1
Just like American Bible Challenge, from the promos and press releases I expected nothing different out of Beat the Chefs. Competition cooking, time limits, then action and excitement. Matt Rogers was an entertaining host, the set looked great and the anger and tension between the Chefs and the Families were great.
Beat the Chefs was a good type of fast-paced show. Originally, I expected for there to be only one family per show, but then that would be too much waste over a whole hour. Splitting the episode up into two parts is great, with one family and another. I just didn't expect to have to wait to hear both families' results until the end of the show, where I expected one in the middle from the judges and the other at the end.
Matt Rogers as a host is great for this show. He doesn't belong hosting The Newlywed Game or Lingo. This is his type of show. He interacted with the families and the Chefs well. He came out, asked everybody how they were doing, and also visited the family in the audience that would be competing later in the show.
One thing that was changed from the press release: The top prize was originally suppose to be $50,000 if the family won the top prize, whereas it was only $25,000 and given out once in the show.
But, you notice this year around with GSN we all three new originals are great. It's not like in 2011 with the many flaws of Improv-a-Ganza, Love Triangle, and even some tweaks in Lingo and the fifth season of The Newlywed Game that were bad.
I give this 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Beat the Chefs is a good original, but I'm not sure if it will last past its current run episodes.
How does the live studio audience stay entertained while the chefs prepare the food?
Show has no play-along factor. Wanted to taste the food, especially how badly they burned the bacon.
That should have been mentioned above. If I were the producers for that show, I would have cut the audience, and when Matt went to talk to the family that would be cooking later in the episode, they should have them sitting on an isolated couch like they had in Deal or No Deal.
Originally Posted by espnews26
The audience was a waste of space...and possibly money
Just saw the first preview for Beat the Chefs next week. Apparently they're not just featuring families on the show. Next week it is...."The professional Chefs VS. Texas Lunch-ladies".
the premise pits amateurs against professionals not necessarily families are the challengers...
looks like a cross between Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Iron Chef that have audience observations...there's no interaction on these shows...
I think they like to use "It's Culinary Pros, against the Averages Joes", so that could apply to other groups than families
Originally Posted by asia021409
GSN has created an online Beat the Chefs game - check it out
There's also a facebook Beat the Chefs fan page - read the reviews from the viewers
I just started playing the Beat The Chefs game and I love that game. It's a pretty fun game. I played on the GSNTV site and my highest score so far is 93,400.
Originally Posted by asia021409
The Beat the Chefs game is very good. I would like to play more of it. At first i questioned "How did GSN make a game for this?" But I'm glad to see it turned out well
Yahoo!, love that game! I was in the mode of BEGINNER, scored 21,200.....What level you were playing to score that high?
Originally Posted by phimat37
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Apparently the Beat the Chefs game is advertised on the front page of their TV website. GSN is really trying to get that game out to the public
I don't recall, I think it might've been Level 3 or 4. Beginner mode.
Originally Posted by jus4hugs
Beat the Chefs review episode #2
From the beginning, I thought this episode would be somewhat entertaining, but I found myself proven wrong. It was fun to see the Home Chefs (Texas Lunch-ladies) and the Professional Chefs arguing back and forth, saying they're not doing things right and taking too long to cook/cut ingredients. But, the episode moved too slow.
From last week, the time to cook the dishes did get shorter, last week taking both families two hours, and this week taking Home Chefs #1 1 hour and 15 minutes, and Home Chefs #2 just an hour. So, over an hour-long show, we had a lot of time to kill with limited material.
With how slow the show was moving, I was hoping half-way into the show that the judges would talk about their dish a little bit (Texas Lunch Ladies), and then reveal the winner later on in the show. That would have at least killed some time. Then at the end of the show, I expected the last team to Beat the Chefs and win $25,000. I hope that gets changed up eventually, where both teams win per episode, or none win.
The guest judge, Julie Powell was pretty into the show. She seemed excited to talk about and taste the Chefs' dishes. I was glad to see that all three judges talked and communicated better this week, which I feel can be a strong point of the show.
Beat the Chefs still skews a little more reality then game show then I originally thought. It's just "people cutting their finger" and "surprise guests by webcam" should not be one of the big thrills of the show. Something else should be focused on in the show, like the judges coming around and giving the Homes Cooks & Chefs tips on their dishes. That could have taken up some time.
Besides the episode being dragged out at times, with nothing interesting to show, I do with Beat the Chefs stays on GSN for a while. It's still an above decent show where cooks actually have some talent.
One major question: Why is it that the professionals' dishes aren't shown as recipes? If they win, wouldn't you want that one instead of the home cooks?
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