"Extreme Chef" Season 2 on Food Network is a reality series that takes America's most fearless chefs out of their kitchen comfort zone and drops them into some of the most extreme locations

Hosted by TV veteran and seasoned world traveler Marsh Mokhtari, each episode pushes three chefs to their physical and mental limits as they must adjust to extreme conditions and unpredictable curveballs such as swimming across a lake for ingredients and using a car engine as a makeshift stove. Whether extracting ingredients from a block of ice or using a pocket knife as a lone cooking utensil, each of the eight episodes in season one follows three culinary pros as they navigate this over-the-top contest vying for $10,000 and the coveted title of "Extreme Chef."

With three challenges per episode, the competitors' wits, adaptability and artistry are tested as they must cook up a way to showcase their creative chops while surviving the ultimate competition. With minimal time to complete each challenge, speed counts but quality matters most in the end. After the first two challenges, one chef is eliminated and the two remaining competitors battle in the ultimate showdown. From beaches and farms to ghost towns and mountains, "Extreme Chef" takes the competitors to obscure locations for each out-of-the-box challenge, like cooking a meal on a deserted island, preparing a perfect block party in a torrential downpour and gathering ingredients from a bucket of rattlesnakes.

The season's competitors hail from across the country and span the culinary spectrum. From restaurateurs to executive chefs, these kitchen masters will need their varied perspectives and cooking styles to tackle seemingly unthinkable tasks. Leading the competitors through this jaw-dropping journey is host Marsh Mokhtari, a U.K. based adventure seeker and host of several cable network travel and lifestyle specials. Notable judges from this season include Simon Madjumdar ("Next Iron Chef" judge, food journalist), Josh Ozersky (food journalist), Marco Canora ("Next Iron Chef" finalist, restaurateur) and Candice Kumai (food writer).

Season 2

Over the course of five episodes, from the scorching deserts of California to the exotic jungles of Thailand, the chefs test their physical prowess, mental toughness and culinary skills as they compete in grueling and seemingly impossible culinary challenges including pulling out needles from a cactus pad to create a tasty dish, and creating a meal in 60 minutes on a floating dock, while the chefs rescue their ingredients from a capsized fishing boat in the ocean. Each episode features the chefs competing in challenges judged by a rotating panel of notable guest judges, with the bottom two chefs facing off in a final showdown challenge to determine which chef goes home. In the end, one chef is able to consider themselves the most Extreme while taking home a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judges this season include Simon Majumdar ("Next Iron Chef" judge, food journalist), Ben Sargent (host of Cooking Channel's "Hook, Line & Dinner"), and Troy Johnson (host of "Crave," food critic and journalist).

Season 2 contestants include Scott Brandolini (Mass.), Susanne Dillingham (N.C.), Terry French (N.J.), Lance Knowling (N.J.), Viet Pham (Utah), Isadora Sarto (Vt.) and Tiffany Ward (Hawaii).

"Extreme Chef" Season 2 is produced by Smart Dog/Valencia Productions LLC.

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Network: Food Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: June 26, 2011
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Smart Dog/Valencia Productions LLC

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