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Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef makes UK debut

Gordon Ramsay said he can’t wait to get started on a new series of ‘Next Level Chef’ which will be released on ITV next year.

The eight-part cook-off, aimed at discovering the next culinary star, has been called the “toughest, most epic cook-off on television,” according to producers.

The series, which originally aired on American television network Fox in January, will first air in the UK in 2023.

The show spans three kitchens on three different levels, from a top-notch kitchen ‘utopia’ to a basement of ‘waste’ – as contestants compete to advance to the next level.

It will challenge the creativity, agility, flair and expertise of the participants and determine how the budding chefs fare under the best of circumstances – and what they can pull off under the worst of conditions.

Chef and restaurateur Ramsay said: “Next Level Chef is anything but next level. A culinary competition that is epic on every level.

“From the size of the enormous structure to each challenge, every moment of danger is huge.

“I want our chefs, social media stars and home cooks, regardless of their level and experience, to show me what they can do.

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Gordon Ramsay and Tana Ramsay (Matt Crossick/PA)

“Whether at the top of the dream kitchen with all the gadgets and the finest ingredients, or in the middle kitchen, well equipped, good ingredients, but nothing special, or, and this is where it gets really interesting, down in the basement kitchen.

“Super easy, minimal ingredients and leftovers, then you show me what you’re made of.

“Talent and tenacity will absolutely shine through and someone will go home with a next level award just like that, I can’t wait to get started.”

Ramsay will be joined by two of the “elite names in the food industry” yet to be named.

The trio of judges will each oversee a group of chefs who will compete against each other to prove themselves in the kitchen, prepare top quality dishes and avoid elimination.

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Chef Gordon Ramsay in front of the London Eye (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Only one contestant can be crowned Next Level Chef, with the winner receiving a life-changing cash prize of £100,000 and a year-long mentorship among all three judges.

Casting is underway to find the UK’s best chefs, from amateurs to social media stars.

In August last year, Ramsay and Fox television network formed the production company Studio Ramsay Global, which now produces Next Level Chef.

The program was commissioned for ITV by Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning, who said: “Next Level Chef is a dynamic cooking competition in a league of its own.

“We are delighted to welcome Gordon back to the UK and embark on what is perhaps the most ambitious television studio in the world.”

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