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Kitchen CircusDo you fantasize about getting into the professional kitchen of your favorite chef to cook a meal for 45 of your “closest friends”?

Well, apparently, many people do.

So, what’s a chef to do after years of hearing customers say, “Oh, how I would love to cook in your kitchen!”?

Why, invite them in, of course!

The other evening I was at the lovely Madison Valley home of Kellie Eickmeyer of Mad Valley Productions for the privilege of hearing about a fun, new project by award-winning Chef Thierry Rautureau.

Kitchen Circus

We were treated to a sneak peek and behind-the-scenes introduction of the upcoming web series, Kitchen Circus, a new kitchen competition show featuring home cooks, produced by Mad Valley Productions and hosted by Chef Thierry.

Commonly known as the “Chef in the Hat,” Chef Thierry of Luc, and the (recently closed) Seattle institution, Rover’s restaurant, is a local celebrity and knows a thing or two about cooking competition shows – he has appeared nationally as a cheftestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters in 2010 and 2012.

When Chef Thierry dreamed up his new series, Kitchen Circus, he wanted it to be different from other cooking competition shows.  

His goal was to provide an environment that was supportive, one in which he encouraged and coached the contestants. He steered clear of “stirring the pot” to create discord. This was a bold choice, knowing that drama obviously makes for great entertainment. But he also was sure that drama would naturally happen on it’s own just through the very nature of the situation that is provided.Kitchen Circus

Many applied, but through an audition process only nine home cooks (with no professional culinary training!) were selected to participate. The filming of the four episodes took place last November at Rover’s restaurant.

Each of the of the first three episodes highlights a dinner where three of the contestants were challenged to make one course of a three course meal for 45 dinner guests. The diners selected a winner by voting on 3 criteria; taste, presentation and creativity.

Winners from the first three dinners moved on to the Finale at the end of the season, where a grand prize winner was selected. Celebrity Guests also attended the dinners and included Tom Douglas, Steve Scher (NPR Radio Host), Jason Wilson (Chef at Crush), Maria Hines (Chef at Tilth), and more.

The series is about to be released on YouTube and I guarantee that you won’t want to miss a moment of these home cooks seeing their dream come to life, and Chef Thierry as the Ringmaster of the “Circus” that ensues!

Kitchen Circus Premier:

Attend the premier party to be one of the very first to view an episode. The premier will be held at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle on Monday, July 15th. Ticket holders will enjoy a cocktail reception and viewing of one selected episode of Kitchen Circus. You can purchase tickets to the premiere here: http://kitchencircus.brownpapertickets.com/Kitchen Circus

Afterwards, all four episodes of Kitchen Circus will released on Youtube. Be sure to catch them!

Where to find more info on KC:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/KitchenCircus

Where to watch the episodes: