Carnival Kings (Cooking Channel) – Premieres 12th July
Hosted by chef Richie Farina, this is a mix between Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson and Big Bad BBQ Battle, where Ritchie challenges a carnival food stall owner to a competition as to who can make the best version of their signature dish in two hours.
It starts off with Richie heading to a carnival, where his competition shows the dish he will be going against, along with showing how its made. After Richie meets the challenger and the smack talk is exchanged, he heads off to visit other vendors to sample what they’re making, and to get some inspiration. Richie then returns to his food truck where he makes the dish that he’s devised, and after it’s been sampled, notes what parts need to be fine tuned.
The show finishes off with the competition, where Ritchie and the challenger have two hours to create 30 potions of their dish. Then the crown of carnival attendees judge whose food is best, and a winner is crowned.
For a short 20 minute show it goes along at a decent pace, and has enough variation in the programme to keep your interest. For what it is it’s a lot more enjoyable than most of the current food competition shows.