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Around the World in 80 Plates takes culinary competition to the next level as 12 chefs travel across the globe testing their skills and determination. In each episode, the contestants will travel to a different international city where they will learn the local customs, cultures, and cuisines as they participate in a gauntlet of culinary challenges. Ultimately, they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not only recreate, but reinvent the menus for world-renowned restaurants and their demanding owners.
Twelve Chefs begin the journey of a lifetime in London, England. On the Course, the chefs are immersed in the local food culture as they race in a pub crawl to win the Exceptional Ingredient. Celebrity Chef, Nigella Lawson joins the locals in choosing a favorite restaurant.
The 11 remaining chefs are off to Lyon where the Course will take them through the Beaujolais countryside. For the Takeover, the teams run bistros and serve traditional Lyonnais dishes, but one chef outsmarts their fellow competitors by getting a traditional recipe from a local. Will the clever move pay off or will the chef go down in flames?
On the Course in Spain, the chefs' knife skills are tested when they work alongside local fishermen on the docks of Barcelona. Acclaimed chef Jose Andres joins the locals dining in one of the world’s best restaurants as the teams serve up Mediterranean cuisine.
The chefs are off to Marrakech where the Course takes them on a perilous trip through the Medina. For the Takeover, the teams prepare a local favorite, tagine. The heat rises in the kitchen as one team claims they were sabotaged when ingredients go missing in the kitchen.
In Florence, the Course starts with a scavenger hunt where the chefs get firsthand experience on the traditions of the local cuisine. With their new knowledge, they head to beautiful villas in the rolling hills of Tuscany to create Tuscan cuisine for the Takeover. One chef causes a disaster in the middle of the night and must confess to his fellow chefs.
The chefs shift gears and head north to Bologna where they tackle the local favorite, tortellini.
The chefs hit the Thai streets to convince skeptical locals that their food is authentic.
The adventure continues as the contestants are forced to face “The Demon Chef” and his gastronomically innovative cuisine.
The chefs head south to take on the holy grail of South American cuisine: the Empanada.
The contestants face their toughest critics yet, as the judges are a veritable who’s who of Los Angeles’ culinary community.
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