This show features 8 of the best home cooks in the country competing against each other while divided in four teams of two cooks. The teams are mentored by Chef Curtis Stone (yellow team), Chef Andrew Zimmern (red team), Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (purple team), and Chef Robert Irvine (green team).
There is no doubt that the competition is fierce, -in a good way-, among these talented and renowned chefs who have traveled the word and become masters of their craft. They all have varying mentoring abilities, Chef Irvine however, is hilarious with his abrasive and in your face way of instructing.
The winner of “All Star Academy” will win $50.000 as well as bragging rights, and this last award would add to their mentor’s egos. But the mentors also face elimination of both their team members are eliminated. The passion and ambition of all is latent in every second of the competition.
Chef Curtis Stone lost one cook last week in the premiere, and on Sunday night the challenge involved desserts, something that all chefs grimace at because baking requires a level of knowledge that savory can accommodate, however, baking is an exact science and any mismeasurement can be a disaster.
Chef Stone was put against Chef Andrew and the challenge to create a purple dessert that would please Chef Duff Goldman who is a renowned pastry chef, and then Chef Robert against Chef Alex and an orange dessert. This last chef who last week won a save she can use anytime to keep one of her cooks in the competition and had also won the challenge, but last night found herself struggling with one of her cooks and throughout the challenge feared her team might be in the bottom. Chef Andrew on the other hand always cool as can be under pressure, just helping one of his cooks who was feeling the pressure seemed about to lose her composure. Chef Irvine always demanding and putting pressure on his cooks, and then Chef Curtis concentrating on his cook left not wanting to face the elimination challenge for a second time.
But at the end Chef Alex and Chef Andrew were the least successful teams in their respective desserts. Chef Alex decided to use her save card and concentrate on just one cook for the elimination challenge. What is mindboggling about these competitions is the usage of the clichés left and right, and all competitors want to win or have a bigger reason to win than the rest of their fellow players.
Recaps and information on this show can be found at www.foodnetwork.com/allstaracademy
“All Star Academy” runs at 9 p.m. EDT on the Food Network.