‘Brigade de Cuisine’ or Kitchen Brigade is a 100-year-old hierarchical structure that forms the basis of restaurant kitchens throughout the world. Over six episodes under the guidance of Jason Atherton, this series will test and transform the lives of ten ambitious chefs.

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Each week ten chefs will be trained and mentored by Jason as they travel to the heartland of the finest cooking destinations in Europe where they will have a week to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn the local cooking. As the series progresses from country to country the challenges will get tougher and at the end of each week the Brigade will go head-to-head with a rival kitchen in a cook-off.

Along the way, the brigade will live and work together as they attempt to demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques required by Jason’s exacting standards to keep their place in the face of stiff competition, at any time they can be replaced with a reserve Brigade member at Jason’s discretion. Under the guidance of Jason the brigade will aim to become a tight knit team capable of competing with the world’s best.

‘You could see how Atherton rose to the top of the superchef tree. The way he gathered his team together to analyse the ingredients and cooking techniques of the Italian dishes, and then decide how they could be modified, was awesome. Let him down at your peril’The Independent, ****

BBC TWO – 6 x 60’
Executive Produced by Colin Barr & Dominique Foster
Series Produced & Directed by Graham Sherrington