Chef Swap at the Beach

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  • 2022
  • 1 Season

Chef Swap at the Beach is an exciting cooking competition show featured on Cooking Channel. This thrilling show combines a coastal vacation with culinary competition, as two talented chefs swap lives for two days. In each episode, two chefs from different parts of the country get a chance to explore each other's personal and professional lives by trading jobs and creating menus that showcase local flavors and ingredients of the host kitchen.

In the first episode, Chef Kevin from Hilton Head, South Carolina, swaps his bustling southern-style restaurant with Chef Andrew from Maui, Hawaii, who operates a more laid-back island-style eatery. In each episode, the host chef introduces the visiting chef to the community, showcasing local attractions and highlights the unique food culture that sets their region apart. They exchange menus, ingredients, kitchen staff, and kitchen utensils to see who can create the best menu with their style of cooking - all under intense time pressure.

The show starts with the chefs arriving at the beach, both extremely excited about their adventure. Chef Kevin arrives in Maui, meeting Chef Andrew at his restaurant, Kihei Caffe, known for its locally sourced coffee and farm-to-table ingredients. With a passion for fresh ingredients and sustainable food practices, Chef Andrew is excited to show Chef Kevin his favorite local markets and introduce him to the community that is such an integral part of the island's food culture. Meanwhile, Chef Andrew visits Hilton Head, home to Chef Kevin's restaurant, Red Fish, which is famous for traditional southern dishes such as shrimp and grits, southern-style gumbo, and freshly seafood.

During the initial meet and greet, the chefs discuss what makes their restaurants and style of cooking unique. With Kihei Caffe, Chef Andrew likes to take a laid-back approach to running his kitchen, while Chef Kevin likes to be more hands-on in the kitchen at his restaurant. The two chefs share a mutual respect for each other’s craft and are excited to learn from each other and try new culinary techniques.

Throughout the show, the chefs immerse themselves in the host city's culinary scene, spending time meeting local farmers and fishermen to source ingredients that they would typically never find elsewhere. They go on exciting food tours, sampling local specialties like fresh coconut water, Hawaiian poke bowls, and other local seafood dishes.

Back in each other's kitchens, it is time to put their culinary expertise to the test. Each chef gets a chance to showcase his culinary talents by creating a three-course meal with an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The catch is that they only have two days to design, create, and perfect a menu that features their unique culinary styles and the local ingredients of their hosts. While swapping kitchens, the chefs also exchange teams, working with a new group of kitchen staff to execute the menu flawlessly.

Throughout the competition, the chefs face numerous challenges, from having to adapt to a new kitchen layout, to cooking with unfamiliar equipment, to creating a menu from ingredients they are not used to working within a short amount of time. On the day of the competition, the chefs must present their dishes to a panel of distinguished judges who critique and score each menu based on taste, presentation, and creativity.

Chef Swap at the Beach is a show that skillfully blends together culinary creativity, travel, and competition. The show provides viewers with a glimpse into the life of a chef, highlighting the challenges they face and how they overcome obstacles in the kitchen. Whether you are a food lover or just love the idea of trying new things, Chef Swap on the Beach is a show that is sure to capture your attention and leave you feeling inspired.

Chef Swap at the Beach is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2022.

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Sea Captain's House/ 44 & King
5. Sea Captain's House/ 44 & King
October 29, 2022
Things are heating up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., when Amanda Freitag challenges Sea Captain’s House to go against 44 & King in a surf-and-turf chef swap.
Perrone's/Bistro 217
4. Perrone's/Bistro 217
October 22, 2022
As part of a cocktail challenge, Amanda has Perrone’s and Bistro 217 switch locations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Tidal Creek/Bonfire Taqueria
3. Tidal Creek/Bonfire Taqueria
October 15, 2022
Tidal Creek and Bonfire Taqueria trade kitchens in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a burger chef challenge. Amanda Freitag serves as the host as the two chefs compete to create the best burger.
2. Ciao/Drift
October 8, 2022
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Ciao and Drift compete in a Lunch Chef Swap Challenge, which is hosted by Amanda Freitag. Will the pressure of working in each other’s kitchens be too much for these two chefs?
Johnny D's / Winna's Kitchen
1. Johnny D's / Winna's Kitchen
October 1, 2022
Chef Amanda kicks things off with a bang as she swaps Chef Jamie Daskalis of high-volume breakfast spot, Johnny D's, with Chef Jess Sagun of eclectic downtown bistro, Winna's Kitchen for a head-to-head Breakfast Chef Swap Challenge. Find out who will take home the inaugural Chef Swap Knife!
Where to Watch Chef Swap at the Beach
Chef Swap at the Beach is available for streaming on the Cooking Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Chef Swap at the Beach on demand at Philo.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2022