Culinary Genius: All about ITV's new cookery show featuring Gordon Ramsay

Culinary Genius

Fern Britton hosts ITV’s new high-drama daytime cookery show Culinary Genius starting today.

And for the opening week, she's joined by Gordon Ramsay.

Airing each week day at 9PM, Culinary Genius will see nine amateur cooks head into a wrestling ring-style studio to do culinary battle.

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

Culinary legend Gordon Ramsay will be first to take to the floor in Week 1 and the fiery foodie will be looking for speed as well as accuracy across three intense rounds.

Rosemary Shrager, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Phil Vickery will follow in later weeks, bringing their own unique style to the high-intensity kitchen.

Battle One will see the contestants face a five-minute knife skills test. Nerves will be shredded as they are challenged to speedily chop ingredients before being judged by the professional chef on quality as well as quantity.

The three weakest contestants will then be immediately eliminated.

The remaining six face Battle Two which focuses on precision and skill. This ten-minute test is all about preparation as a carefully chosen ingredient is revealed to the remaining six competitors and they race to prepare it perfectly.

Three more hopefuls will be sent home, leaving the remaining trio to face an exciting and thrilling cook-off in Battle Three.

Here the chefs must use the ingredient they just prepped - and the studio’s stocked larder - to create a stunning dish in less than half an hour.

Up for grabs for the winner is a top cash prize and the title ‘Culinary Genius’.

Culinary Genius airs Monday to Friday (weekdays) at 3pm on ITV

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