I've come to really enjoy this show. As much as "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."
Love the kooky ingredients which are often found in the baskets. Never before heard of Celery Soda, Mountain Yams, or Jewish Mallow.
Of course the pressure and stress of having to come up with something edible and presentable out of those (and added) ingredients in a short space of time. I am often *so* impressed with the results.
However, there are definite dislikes: What's up with blenders or mixers not working half the time? And last night there weren't enough plates (?!) for all 4 chefs (appetizer round)...so one guy had to settle for presentation in bowls.
Another dislike are the chefs getting too personal, or trying to play for judges' sympathy: How their family did this or that, or "I'm competing for the $10,000 towards cancer research; a friend is a survivor." Well that's all nice and terrific...but do you want to be judged on your culinary skills or not? I get tired of chefs trying for emotional manipulation. You're there to be judged on your skills as a chef!
Overall very enjoyable though.