Five Star Chef is a cooking competition with a twist- the winner gets to be the head chef at the historic Langham’s Palm Court restaurant. The show is hosted by Michel Roux a Michelin starred chef and owner of the London restaurant Le Gavroche, Mike Reid -a restaurateur and co host of My Market Kitchen and pastry chef and author of The Pastry Chef’s guide Ravneet Gill.
The show follows seven talented, upcoming and hopeful chefs as they compete for the chance of a lifetime to become the head chef at Langhams Palm Court restaurant.The show which has a total of six episodes with each around 45 minutes long starts with the rising stars of restaurant industry gathering to compete at Langham- to come up with the next concept that would blow up the London restaurant industry. The contestants bring in their talent, passion and skills literally to the table to try and win over the high standards of the judges. Every single one of them were exceptionally talented and made some gorgeous mouth watering food that it was difficult to pick a favourite.
The best part about Five Star Chef is how different the show is. Unlike the usual cooking competition here the actual prize itself is something way more valuable than just money hence the stakes in the game was high for everyone involved including the judges who would chose the head chef and ultimately risk the reputation of the iconic restaurant, it was also refreshing to see the competition where the judges are willing to wait for the dishes without any actual time constraints on the participants, the show made it seem real and not just a contrived situation with a lot of in between talks , this reality seemed to actually get the participants to be more focused and gave the whole show a seriousness that is often missing in reality television.
Five Star Chef is definitely an enjoyable watch for people who enjoy watching Cookery Competitions / shows.
The show has been well received by audiences and already there are talks about a possible second season.