Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown

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  • 2015
  • 2 Seasons

Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown is a reality cooking competition show that premiered on FYI Network in 2016. The show features talented young chefs, some as young as 8 years, who compete against seasoned and professional adult chefs. The concept of the show is to see whether the young up-and-coming chefs have what it takes to beat the more experienced adult chefs in the kitchen.

The show is hosted by chef and television personality Adam Gertler. The judges' table is usually occupied by experienced chefs, including the likes of Ludo Lefebvre, Jonathan Waxman, and Duff Goldman. The show follows a standard competition format, with each episode featuring three rounds of cooking challenges. The challenges are designed to test the chefs' creativity, technique, and overall culinary skills.

The first round of each episode is the Signature Dish Challenge, in which each chef is tasked with preparing their specialty dish. The judges taste each dish and score them based on presentation and taste, with the winner earning a significant advantage in the next round. The following round is the Theme Challenge, where the chefs must incorporate a specific ingredient or theme into their dishes. The final round is the Showdown Challenge, where the remaining chefs must prepare a multi-course meal for the judges.

One unique aspect of the show is that the young chefs are not only competing against the adults but are given team support from other aspiring child chefs. The children function as sous chefs, helping the young master chefs in the kitchen. The children can lend a hand to their teammate when they need a hand or provide them with any other support they need. The camaraderie between the aspiring chefs is an interesting aspect of the show, and it is touching to see how they encourage and support one another.

Each episode is filled with high energy, entertaining challenges, and tense moments in the kitchen. With young chefs frequently outperforming their adult counterparts, the show is a testament to the incredible talent of youngsters everywhere. It challenges the perception of what children can accomplish in the culinary world while highlighting the power of collaboration and teamwork.

The show does an excellent job of providing an educational component to young viewers as it showcases the cooking techniques employed by both professional and aspiring chefs. The show aims to inspire a passion for cooking and inspires viewers of all ages to explore their culinary creativity.

Furthermore, Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown is more than just a cooking competition show. It is an inspirational and heartwarming look at the possibilities of the human spirit that resonates with both children and adults.

In summary, Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown is an engaging, educational, and entertaining cooking competition show that challenges aspiring young chefs to prove they can compete against top professionals. The impressive cast of chefs and the camaraderie between the young contestants make for a fun, entertaining viewing experience that teaches viewers the value of teamwork and the importance of pursuing your passion.

Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on July 23, 2015.

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Home Cooking
18. Home Cooking
August 25, 2016
Executive chef Eli Kirshstein competes against the child prodigies in a battle of home cooking, featuring canned foods, TV dinners and a deep South trio. Master chef Art Smith judges.
The Emperor Has No Stove
17. The Emperor Has No Stove
August 18, 2016
Cooking competition veteran and Hollywood's rising star Executive Chef Mette Williams is here to battle the team of child cooking prodigies.
Back To School
16. Back To School
August 11, 2016
School's in session! Executive Chef Larry Keck battles the team of child cooking prodigies in three rounds of back to school themed challenges.
It's A Family Affair
15. It's A Family Affair
August 4, 2016
Executive Chef Susie Jimenez spices up the Man vs. Child kitchen with her competitive edge and sassy attitude.
A Chef's Life
14. A Chef's Life
July 28, 2016
The country's finest kid chefs take on Executive Chef Crystal "Pink" Delongpre in a rigorous battle of butchery, mother sauces and the elusive umami flavor. Chef Bruce Bromberg determines who will reign as champion in the final round.
Cake Walk
13. Cake Walk
July 21, 2016
Toss your saltshakers aside because tonight, Man vs. Child is diving into the sweet world of baking! She may not be a pastry chef, but Executive Chef Bev Lazo is bringing her years of experience to out "whip" the competition. LA's premiere chocolatier, Master Chef Valerie Gordon judges the final round.
Where there's Smoke...
12. Where there's Smoke...
July 14, 2016
Things go south in the Man vs. Child kitchen, as the child cooking prodigies take on New York's Kelvin Fernandez in three delicious southern comfort themed challenges.
Roman Holiday
11. Roman Holiday
July 7, 2016
The cooking prodigies compete with Austin's up and coming Executive Chef, Roman Murphy in three rounds of competition as they tackle prickly pears and burritos.
America the Beautiful
10. America the Beautiful
June 30, 2016
Chef Melvin "Boots" Johnson takes on the child prodigies with American pride. In the first two rounds, they tackle classics such as hot dogs and pie.
Toast of the Town
9. Toast of the Town
May 12, 2016
The prodigies take battle Cali cool Executive Chef, Chris "Malibu" Crary in three rounds of competition.
Feast From The East
8. Feast From The East
May 5, 2016
Executive Chef Jason Febres is ready to take down the prodigies. Tonight's theme is all about Asian cuisine.
Work Of Art
7. Work Of Art
April 28, 2016
Armed with his steam punk goggles, Executive Chef Richie Farina offers his creative flair to the Man Vs. Child kitchen.
Keep Calm and Curry On
6. Keep Calm and Curry On
April 21, 2016
Chicago's Bib Gourmand darling, Executive Chef Jill Barron, takes on the child cooking prodigies in three rounds of Indian food inspired challenges.
The Mamas and the Tapas
5. The Mamas and the Tapas
April 14, 2016
The child cooking prodigies take on Executive Chef Dustin Trani in three rounds of competition, loaded with Spanish flair.
Mardi Gras
4. Mardi Gras
April 7, 2016
Executive Chef Sevan Abdessian will not be defeated in the kitchen by a team of children.
Danger Zone
3. Danger Zone
April 7, 2016
Executive Chef Johnny "Danger" Zone enters the Man vs. Child kitchen to compete with our mini-masters. "Comfort Food" may be the theme, but this culinary showdown will be anything but!
Decadent Delights
2. Decadent Delights
March 24, 2016
It's Executive Chef Zoe Schor's turn to shore up the competition against the prodigies; theme of Guilty pleasures.
Fish Out of Water
1. Fish Out of Water
March 17, 2016
The prodigies will have to sink or swim when they face off against Drew Tsang, an executive chef who takes them to task in three rounds that revolve around seafood.
Where to Watch Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown
Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown is available for streaming on the fyi website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FYI, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 23, 2015