Chef Hunter

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (18)

In 2011, Food Network premiered a new show called Chef Hunter, starring the talented and experienced chef, Carrie McCully. This series follows McCully on her mission to help struggling restaurants find their next top chef. Each episode of Chef Hunter brings viewers into a new restaurant struggling to stay afloat. The owners know they need a standout chef to turn things around, but they don't have the time or resources to conduct a thorough search for the perfect candidate. That's where McCully comes in.

As the titular "Chef Hunter," McCully uses her years of experience and expertise to find the best possible chef match for each restaurant. She starts by meeting with the owners to get an idea of their ideal chef, the restaurant's style and cuisine, and any other specific needs or preferences they may have. Then, McCully sets out to gather resumes, conduct interviews, and hold cook-offs to narrow down the pool of potential candidates.

Throughout the season, viewers watch as McCully evaluates each candidate's skills, experience, and personality to determine who would be the best fit for the restaurant. She works alongside the restaurant owners to make sure they are involved in the process and ultimately helps them make the final decision on which chef to hire.

While Chef Hunter may seem like just another reality show, it sets itself apart with its focus on the art and science of cooking. McCully brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and isn't afraid to speak her mind when it comes to evaluating a chef's skills. She takes great care in making sure each restaurant finds the best possible chef to suit their needs, and viewers can learn a lot about the qualities that make a great chef along the way.

One of the most compelling things about this show is the range of restaurants that McCully and her team work with. From upscale eateries to hole-in-the-wall diners, she helps restaurants of all kinds find their next top chef. This diversity adds an extra layer of interest to the show and allows viewers to see the unique challenges and opportunities that come with each type of establishment.

In addition to showcasing the restaurant industry, Chef Hunter also highlights the importance of teamwork and communication when it comes to success in the kitchen. McCully encourages her candidates to work together and communicate effectively, demonstrating the value of these skills for anyone pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

Overall, Chef Hunter is an entertaining and informative show that any foodie or aspiring chef is sure to enjoy. Viewers can see the ups and downs of the restaurant industry, gain insight into the art of cooking, and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and communication. And with McCully at the helm, they can rest assured that they are in the hands of a true expert when it comes to finding top talent in the kitchen.

Chef Hunter is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 6, 2011.

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6. Villa Antonio
December 15, 2011
Villa Antonio, a family-owned Italian restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, searches for its first ever Executive Chef. The chosen candidates are each handed the keys to the restaurant to run an entire dinner service, to prove to owner Antonio Garcia they have the skills to bring success and life back into his restaurant.
5. Quay
December 8, 2011
Chicago's Quay - a new a multi-concept restaurant with a sports bar, lounge and fine dining area - needs an Executive Chef who can create innovative menus for all three sections, while keeping food costs low.
4. Merriman's
December 1, 2011
Peter Merriman, the father of Hawaiian cuisine, has just opened a new location in Kauai. Two hand-picked face-off to become the restaurant's Executive Chef.
Les Halles
3. Les Halles
November 17, 2011
Two chefs interview and compete for the job of Chef de Cuisine at Les Halles, the legendary Manhattan restaurant.
Border Grill
2. Border Grill
November 10, 2011
World famous chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger need a new Executive Chef for their downtown Los Angeles Border Grill. Two candidates battle bouts of self-doubt, angry customers and mounting pressure to lead their staff. Only one will get the job of executive Chef.
1. Wilshire
November 6, 2011
Three chefs interview for the job of Executive Chef at Wilshire restaurant in Santa Monica. When two of the chefs are handed the keys to the restaurant for an entire dinner service, one chef clashes with the staff causing a walkout, while the other struggles to overcome extreme shyness.
Where to Watch Chef Hunter
Chef Hunter is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Chef Hunter on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime and Food Network.
  • Premiere Date
    November 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (18)