Fridge Wars

Fridge Wars is a Canadian reality television series, which premiered February 27, 2020 on CBC Television.[1] Hosted by Emma Hunter, the series features professional chefs competing to create restaurant-quality meals using only the contents found in a real Canadian family's refrigerator, which are then judged by the families whose fridges were raided to determine the winner.[2]

Fridge Wars
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Promotional poster for the series, containing the US airdate.
GenreCookery
Presented byEmma Hunter
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Production companiesThe Gurin Company
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Release
Original networkCBC Television
Original releaseFebruary 27, 2020 (2020-02-27) –
present
External links
Website

The series is produced by The Gurin Company and the CBC.

FormatEdit

Each episode of Fridge Wars features two chefs cooking two meals (separated by two rounds) for two different families, with the sole ingredients they find in each family's fridge. They are given 45 minutes to prepare each meal and are given clues to help them make a meal that the family they are cooking for might enjoy. After each round, the families are allowed to taste the meal, without knowing which of the two chefs cooked it. They are then given devices to rate the food on 3 categories: Look, Taste, and Originality. These scores are later averaged, and the chef with the highest score wins the episode and is awarded a trophy.

What the Fridge ChallengeEdit

During round two, the chefs are given a challenge that increases the difficulty in the meals they are preparing.

  • In the premiere episode, the chefs were told that their original meal for six was to be increased into a meal for ten.
  • In episode 2, the chefs were forced to blindly pick a "sauce" (from 3 options) to use in their meals.
  • In episode 3, the chefs were forced to add bitter melon and Vietnamese basil to their meals.
  • In episode 6, the chefs had to switch the dishes that they were cooking with each other.

EpisodesEdit

The winners of each episode are listed in bold.

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Matt Basile vs. Massimo Capra"February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)

Matt Basile:

Massimo Capra:

  • Total Score: 8.6
    • Round 1: Roasted pork chops in a mustard orange sauce, sweet potato flan, and a side of meatballs.
    • Round 2: Fideuà with chorizo, raw broccoli Greek salad, and cornmeal-crusted basa fish.
2"Shahir Massoud vs. Wallace Wong"March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)

Shahir Massoud:

Wallace Wong:

3"Nicole Gomes vs. Dustin Gallagher"March 12, 2020 (2020-03-12)

Nicole Gomes:

  • Total Score: 8.6
    • Round 1: Frilly pork cutlet in a yellow curry sauce.
    • Round 2: Scallop crab cake with lobster salad.

Dustin Gallagher:

4"La-Toya Fagon vs. Julie Miguel"March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)
5"Nadia G vs. Rodney Bowers"March 26, 2020 (2020-03-26)
6"Shane Chartrand vs. Joshna Maharaj"April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)

International broadcastEdit

The series premiered in the US on August 2, 2020 as part of The CW's Summer 2020 programming lineup.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Joel Keller, writing for Decider, lauded the series, stating that "[I] didn’t think that Fridge Wars was going to be as fun as it was; [I] thought that it would be a standard-grade cooking competition and that’s that. But executive producers Phil Gurin and Tracie Tighe have hit on a formula that takes the Chopped-style format and brings it down to earth."[4] Meanwhile, Rob Owen, writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, criticized the series, saying that it felt too long. Rob writes: "As with plenty of reality competitions, one wonders if Fridge Wars might be stronger with one family at a half-hour rather than the one-hour running time, but for the most part Fridge Wars doesn’t feel padded."[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rita DeMontis, "Scrapping it out on the competition series Fridge Wars". Toronto Sun, February 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Fridge Wars". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Joe Otterson (June 16, 2020). "CW Acquires Four More Series for Summer Lineup". Variety. Archived from the original on June 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Joel Keller (August 3, 2020). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Fridge Wars' On The CW, Where Two Chefs Create Great Meals From Stuff In A Family's Fridge". Decider. Archived from the original on August 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Rob Owen (July 28, 2020). "Reality competition Fridge Wars debuts Sunday on The CW". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on July 29, 2020.

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