Time machine bossesa show that promises/threatens to allow its contestants “to be a chef in AD 1416, or cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens in Tudor times”, comes to ABC August 16. The show is ABC’s latest food project: with chewing first last year and the Anthony Bourdain/Nigella Lawson competition series Taste future this autumn.
And they pull out big names to do it: the competitors taking part in this chronological journey are chefs Art SmithChris Cosentino (both are also on this season of Masters of great chefs, first July 25), Jill Davie and Ilan Room. The judges are a Los Angeles chef and cookbook author Nancy SilvertonNew York professional culinary magician david arnoldand London chef/cookbook author Silvena Rowewho will select one of the candidates to be crowned”The greatest chef in historyBelow is a teaser for the pilot that features a Tudor-era rotisserie system powered by small dogs in hamster wheels.
Video: Teaser for Time Machine chefs
“TIME MACHINE CHEFS” WILL TRANSPORT VIEWERS TO A WONDERFUL WORLD OF FOOD, COMPETITION AND DIFFERENT TIMES OF HISTORY, AS POPULAR CHEFS COMPETE FOR THE TITLE OF “THE GREATEST CHEF IN HISTORY” Chefs Art Smith, Chris Cosentino, Ilan Hall and Jill Davie Star in “Time Machine Chefs,” Thursday, Aug. 16 on ABC
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 AD, or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens in Tudor times? Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for time travel when “Time Machine Chefs” takes off, THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. Without modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces – and impress three esteemed judges – with only basic kitchen equipment, their imagination and their skill. Only one chef will be crowned the greatest chef in history.
The jury is made up of chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Nancy Silverton, Dave Arnold of the French Culinary Institute in New York and chef and cookbook author Silvena Rowe of Quince at the May Fair Hotel in London.
The “Time Machine Chefs” are:
Chef Art Smith is executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, DC, as well as restaurants Southern Art and LYFE Kitchen. In 2012, Chef Smith opened his latest restaurant, Joanne’s, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with Lady Gaga’s parents, Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta. In 1997, he became Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, a position he held for 10 years. Chef Smith has made numerous television appearances, including on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” He is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks.
Chef Chris Cosentino has been the executive chef of Incanto in San Francisco since 2002 and is co-owner of Boccalone, an artisanal salumeria. Chef Cosentino has worked at a number of notable restaurants including Red Sage in Washington, DC, Rubicon, Chez Panisse, Belon and Redwood Park. He launched his first cookbook, Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal, in 2012 at Olive Press media.
Chef Ilan Hall is best known to viewers as the Season 2 winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Chef Hall was trained in the Italian Lorenzo de Medici Apicus program and the Culinary Institute of America. He is the owner and executive chef of The Gorbals in Los Angeles, California.
Chef Jill Davie is a private chef in California. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and UC Santa Cruz, Chef Davie served as head chef at Josie’s restaurant in Los Angeles. In August 2006, she won the $10,000 grand prize in the Food Network’s “Hot Chefs: South Beach” contest and competed on “The Next Iron Chef” in 2007. Chef Davie has appeared on numerous television shows and is currently a partner and chef at Venice Beach Wines.
“Time Machine Chefs” is produced by Breakfast Anytime Inc. for the ABC Television Network. Rick Hurvitz and Ari Shofet are executive producers of the program, which airs in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HTV format, with stereo sound.