We do not know what the creators of Crime scene kitchen They were smoking when they came up with this baking competition, but we suspect it was a very good thing. Basically, teams of bakers need to recreate a dish from the evidence they see in the title kitchen, left over after the dish was made. It seems quite strange, right? Who better to host a weird reality show than Joel McHale? Read on for more information.
KITCHEN CRIME SCENE: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
Opening shot: Host Joel McHale walks onto a flashy stage and says, “What you see there is a crime scene.”
The essence: The “crime scene” in question is a kitchen model, where evidence has been left of what was baked in it. Crime scene kitchen It is a baking competition where six teams of two will each go to that kitchen and, according to the clues, the teams have two hours to replicate what was baked in that kitchen as closely as possible.
Judging by the resulting baked goods, there are the people who created those recipes in that kitchen: Yolanda Gampp, who has a popular YouTube baking show, and chef Curtis Stone. Curtis Stone … baking, you ask? Yes, we asked that too, but there it is, in all its Australian glory. The idea is that teams judge each other based on whether they guessed the plate correctly and then how well they did what they did.
Guessing correctly tends to make you sure, unless all the world guess correctly. Winning the first of the two rounds (the “Dessert Round”) will give your team an additional clue in the “Masterpiece Round”. The team that is last in the masterpiece round is eliminated. The final prize is $ 100,000.
What shows will it remind you of? Crime scene kitchen Is essential The Great British Baking Show with the volume turned up to 13.
Our Take: You’d think the trick of having pastry chefs, some with shops, others who are more of a home bakers, guess what to bake from the evidence left behind, would age quickly, but somehow. Crime scene kitchen makes his trick work. Maybe it’s because he’s not even trying to take himself seriously, or maybe there’s a bit of a thrill watching these bakers, some of whom are so sure they made the right dish, being hoisted onto their firecrackers when the actual dish is on. Ready. revealed.
But really, our enjoyment of the show came down to the fact that Joel McHale was hosting it. It’s interesting that McHale, after more than a decade of poking fun at reality shows like this on Soup, now houses them. And what’s interesting is that he brings that same funny, aloof, and silly attitude to presenting these shows. He jokes about how many minutes are left – for example, he calls five minutes “hundreds of seconds” – and takes what some of the contestants admitted in interviews and uses it against them. We laughed a lot when he surprised the son of a mother-son team who admitted he could be “nervous” when he was short on time.
McHale is one of the executive producers, so he’s free to poke fun at this generally goofy show. But when it comes to the contest itself, he takes things seriously enough to be credible, just like he does in Sharks cards. Contestants are the usual mix of “arguing buddy couple,” “noisy mother-daughter team,” “mommy’s mother and son,” “two friends from Brooklyn,” and so on. Producers don’t give them a lot of time to talk about their lives and careers, so you generally have to support or against them based on their interactions in the kitchen. All are mostly entertaining, albeit generic.
You’ve seen Stone judge and cook on so many shows over the years, if you walk into this show thinking that he will do something different, you will be disappointed. Gampp gives some interesting comments, but the first episode didn’t really reveal much about whether or not she’s going to be a tough judge.
Do we really care who wins? No. Does it matter to us that someone thought of making a baked pie instead of a Boston cream pie? Not really. But the guessing game sure is fun. And it seems that the light shade will help the format go down as easily as a moist carrot cake.
Sex and skin: None.
Farewell shot: After the eliminated leave, McHale says that six new teams (!) Will compete to see who takes on the original group. How long the hell? it is This show?
Sleeping star: We liked Amanda and Erinn, who missed their first round so badly they were probably on the chopping block if they didn’t make the second round. And they admitted they screwed it up.
Most of the Pilot-y line: On the other hand, the program’s editors actually relied on every reference the two made of being ex-military. We get it, folks.
Our calling: STREAM IT. Crime scene kitchen it’s nice thanks to Joel McHale, period. Everything else on the show is expendable except for the guessing game you’ll have once you see the evidence left at the crime scene. Either way, it will make you hungry, which is always a good sign of a cooking show.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not fooling himself: he’s a television junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, , , Fast Company and other places.