ABC Announces 'Time Machine Chefs'

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July 20th, 2012

via press release:






Chefs Art Smith, Chris Cosentino, Ilan Hall and Jill Davie Star in

“Time Machine Chefs,” Thursday, August 16on ABC


Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D., or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens during the Tudor era? Well fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a journey through time when “Time Machine Chefs” blasts off, THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. With no modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces -- and impress three esteemed judges -- with only basic kitchen equipment, their imaginations and craftsmanship. Only one chef will be crowned The Greatest Chef in History.


The judging table consists of chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Nancy Silverton, Dave Arnold of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and chef and cookbook author Silvena Rowe of Quince in London’s May Fair Hotel.


The “Time Machine Chefs” are:


Chef Art Smith is executive chef and co-owner of Table fifty-two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, DC, as well as Southern Art and LYFE Kitchen restaurants. In 2012 Chef Smith opened his latest restaurant, Joanne’s, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with Lady Gaga’s parents, Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta. In 1997 he became the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position he held for 10 years. Chef Smith has made numerous television appearances, including Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” He is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks.


Chef Chris Cosentino has been executive chef of Incanto in San Francisco since 2002 and is co-owner of Boccalone, an artisanal salumeria. Chef Cosentino has worked at a number of notable restaurants, including Red Sage in Washington, DC, Rubicon, Chez Panisse, Belon and Redwood Park. He debuted his first cookbook, Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal, in 2012 from Olive Press media.


Chef Ilan Hall is best known to television viewers as the winner of Season Two of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Chef Hall trained at Italy’s Lorenzo de Medici Apicus Program and at the Culinary Institute of America. He is owner and executive chef of The Gorbals in Los Angeles, CA.


Chef Jill Davie is a private chef in California. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and UC Santa Cruz, Chef Davie has served as Chef de Cuisine at Josie Restaurant in Los Angeles. In August of 2006, she won the grand prize of $10,000 on Food Network’s “Hot Chefs: South Beach” competition and was a contestant on “The Next Iron Chef” in 2007. Chef Davie has appeared on numerous television programs and is currently a partner and head chef at Venice Beach Wines.


“Time Machine Chefs” is produced by Breakfast Anytime Inc. for the ABC Television Network. Rick Hurvitz and Ari Shofet are the executive producers of the program, which is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HTV format, with stereo sound

  • Chris L

    You lost me at “Ilan Hall”

  • TimsDale4ever

    More BS TV…

  • joel

    “Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D,”

    I didn’t make it past this first segment of the first sentence. No. Next….

  • Nick

    The good news is that this means Wipeout is back at 8 pm…

  • Tommy (UK)

    Instead of announcing new shows, why don’t ABC pull their fingers out their arses and announce their fall premiere dates like the other networks did weeks ago!

  • Bill

    Sounds like an interesting concept–life in the old days was not as simple or romantic as we think–it was hard work to do almost anything. Maybe this will give us some appreciation of how easy we have it?

  • Dinah

    If I want to see cooking shows I will watch Food Network.

  • gayle higginbotham

    It’s been done to DEATH…who cares? BLAH,blah,blah….

  • Mary Amos

    Trying to copy and hope to get the ratings of hell’s Kitchen.ABC is copying every network and hoping for less scripted shows.Talk about tight@sses.Now not even a stove.Isn’t that called camping?I have never seen a network goes so far over the top to ruin its name.I don’t plan on my nights watching a stupid cooking show on any channel much less ABC.Don’t watch them in the daytime.Wanted to watch someone cook I’d tape myself.Don’t pay a satelite bill for this crap day and night.They tried to copy Big Brothers and failed now this.There ratings on most nights are in the tiolet and now this.Won’t they just sell it to someone who cares.One good show lefted on daytime and now less destroy nighttime more.

  • Carl

    I’d much rather see a History or PBS documentary on this subject instead of a reality show that will be nothing like the actual cuisine or conditions of the time. Too bad the typical TV watcher would rather see this garbage.

  • Dani

    unless an article contains the the phrase we made a mistake were bringing back All My Children and One Life To Live i dont care what ABC has to say.

  • Joseph Dugan

    This crap belongs on PBS!!! BRING BACK AMC AND OLTL, ABC!!!

  • Sunny D

    Seriously? Another cooking show?? When will ABC/D get the message that we don’t want to watch this garbage?

  • JJ

    I love historic settings and food, I’m curious to see what they will come up with. Sounds like a real challenge!

  • CrimTV

    I thought it was gonna say “ABC announces fall premiere dates”!

  • Lynn Rigberg

    OMG! This stupid show sounds like a total rip off of the HISTORY CHANNEL show! ABC, please give us some more good shows like ONCE and don’t waste your money on this DRIVEL!!!!

  • Riff Rafferty

    ABC decided 10 colossal bombs getting worse numbers than repeats just weren’t enough this summer, so here’s one more for ya.

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