Culinary Genius: Gordon Ramsay launches new cookery competition on ITV

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Gordon Ramsay is launching a new cookery competition on ITV called Culinary Genius.

Fern Britton, Phil Vickery, Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli will join Gordon on the series, which will start later this year.

In each hour-long episode, nine amateur cooks will step into a wrestling ring-style studio to do culinary battle.

A different professional chef will preside over the kitchen each week, demonstrating with expertise two of the tasks for the competitors as well as the audience at home.

Legendary TV chef Gordon Ramsay will be first to take to the floor and the fiery foodie will be looking for speed as well as accuracy across three intense rounds.

He said: “Culinary Genius is an amazing format that just got elevated to another level with the involvement of these fantastic British chefs as judges and Fern as host. I'm excited for the viewers and contestants to be a part of the Culinary Genius Arena.”

Contestants will take part in a series of cookery 'battles' from basic knife skills tests to classic cook offs.

The wannabe chefs will be eliminated until just one is left to claim a top cash prize and earn the title ‘Culinary Genius’.

Fern Britton said: “I am a huge fan of cookery shows and this one adds an extra level of energy and learning. To be working with Gordon, Rosemary, Jean-Christophe and Phil is just great! Is it possible to have too much fun?”

Other professional judges lined up for the series are Rosemary Shrager, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Phil Vickery.

Rosemary Shrager said: “I’m delighted to be part of this brand new, exciting cookery show. I look forward to putting the keen cooks to the test and finding a few culinary geniuses amongst them.”

Jean-Christophe Novelli added: “I’m so excited and proud to be part of this revolutionary new show promoting the hidden cooking skills from around the country, it’s going to be phenomenal.”

Phil Vickery commented: “I am really pleased to be involved in such a high-profile cooking show. This is serious cooking that will test contestants to the limit and is not for the faint-hearted. I can't wait to get started!”

Culinary Genius will air on ITV later this year.

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