Top Secret Recipe

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (99)

Top Secret Recipe is a cooking show that aired on CMT in 2011. It stars Todd Wilbur as himself, a professional recipe hacker who seeks to uncover the world's top secret recipes. Each episode features Todd as he attempts to recreate a famous restaurant or brand's signature dish, using his own culinary techniques and reverse-engineering methods. Throughout the series, Todd shares valuable cooking tips and tricks, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the restaurants that inspired his recipes.

The show is split into several segments, each focusing on a different recipe. Todd begins by introducing the dish he is going to recreate, revealing the restaurant or brand that he is sourcing it from. He then breaks down the ingredients and reverse-engineers the recipe, often recommending alternative ingredients and techniques for home cooks. The recipes range from classic American fast food items like McDonald's Big Mac and KFC's Original Recipe Chicken to more sophisticated dishes like The Cheesecake Factory's famous Pasta Carbonara.

In addition to the cooking itself, the show also delves into the history and cultural impact of each dish. For example, in one episode, Todd bakes a batch of Girl Scout Cookies while sharing anecdotes about the organization's history and the significance of the cookie-selling tradition. In another episode, he recreates Starbucks' popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, and examines the rise of the pumpkin spice phenomenon in modern coffee culture.

Throughout the series, Todd showcases his impressive culinary skills, using the freshest and highest-quality ingredients to make food that not only tastes delicious but looks incredible too. He is aided by a team of expert chefs and taste-testers, who help him refine his recipes and offer constructive feedback. Viewers are treated to stylishly-shot scenes of food preparation and cooking, with close-ups of sizzling meat, creamy sauces, and flaky pastry.

One of the unique aspects of Top Secret Recipe is its focus on reverse-engineering dishes, rather than simply replicating them. This approach allows Todd to put his own spin on the recipes, making them more accessible to home cooks while also yielding surprising insights into the cooking methods of famous chefs and restaurants. The show emphasizes that with the right ingredients, tools, and techniques, anyone can create gourmet-quality food at home.

Overall, Top Secret Recipe is an entertaining and informative cooking show that combines expert culinary skills, fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, and delicious food. Todd Wilbur's passion for hacking recipes is infectious, and viewers are sure to come away from each episode with plenty of new knowledge and inspiration for their own cooking projects. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or just starting out, Top Secret Recipe is a must-watch for anyone who wants to take their cooking to the next level.

Top Secret Recipe is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on October 7, 2011.

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PF Chang's
8. PF Chang's
December 1, 2011
Todd attempts to crack the code on P.F. Chang's famous lettuce wraps.
Chili's Baby Back Ribs
7. Chili's Baby Back Ribs
November 24, 2011
Can Todd clone Chili's Baby Back Ribs?
Mrs. Fields
6. Mrs. Fields
November 17, 2011
Can Todd clone Mrs. Fields baked goods?
Dippin' Dots
5. Dippin' Dots
November 10, 2011
Can Todd clone the famous Dippin' Dots?
Domino's Pizza
4. Domino's Pizza
October 28, 2011
Todd takes on Domino's Pizza. With only three days to clone the pizza, he must perfect the dough, sauce and cheese.
Outback Steakhouse
3. Outback Steakhouse
October 21, 2011
Todd goes to the home of the original Outback Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida. Everything about the Bloomin' Onion is top secret, from the breading to the sauce. Will Todd's version of the Bloomin' Onion come close to the real thing?
2. Cinnabon
October 14, 2011
Todd goes to Sandy Springs, Georgia to make a copy of Cinnabon's Cinnamon Rolls. He has 3 days to do it and that's not an easy task.
1. KFC
October 7, 2011
Todd takes on KFC's original recipe fried chicken. In his traveling kitchen that's known as the Mobile Food Lab, Todd finds his way to Louisville, Ky., to discover what it is that makes Colonel Sanders' recipe so finger lickin' good.
Where to Watch Top Secret Recipe
Top Secret Recipe is available for streaming on the CMT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Top Secret Recipe on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 7, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (99)