As described in the statement shared with Mashed, Cliff Crooks will be talking to owners and chefs from struggling restaurants across the country, challenging the chefs to “prove that they deserve to keep running their kitchens.” The chefs will have to prove themselves through a series of challenges that test their kitchen skills and their performance under pressure. The stakes? Their jobs. If they don’t pass the challenges, they’ll be looking for work.
Here’s how it works. In each episode, Cliff introduces struggling chefs, watches them work, tastes their signature dishes, and reveals to viewers why each cook needs Boot Camp. The pressure builds as each chef must then prepare a classic dish of the host’s choosing so that the masterful Crooks can observe their techniques. Each chef is challenged to prepare food that meets Cliff’s high standards, on time.
For the next act, the chefs must apply what they’ve learned to the fast-paced dinner service in one of Crooks’s own BLT Restaurant Group kitchens. Finally, the chefs bring it all together for the last challenge, creating a unique new dish to present to their own bosses and demonstrate what they learned in boot camp. Who will rise to the challenge and get to keep their jobs? It’s up to chef Cliff. If you can’t wait until April to get your Cliff Crooks fix, he’s also slated to appear on Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions, which starts March 7.