New barbecue TV show hopes to sizzle this summer

A new five-part series being broadcast on ITV will pit Britain’s biggest barbecue enthusiasts against one another, in the hopes of being crowned king or queen of the barbecue. 

BBQ Champ is a knockout-style reality show, hosted by Myleene Klass, and stars Adam Richman of Man vs Food fame alongside chef and restaurateur Mark Blatchford as the show’s judges.

Each week, the contenders will have to face two challenges – one at BBQ HQ and one on-site – after which, one competitor will have to pack up his or her grill and go home.

“As an American who has come to truly love the UK, I’m overjoyed to see the UK embracing BBQs,” said Richman. “Not just eating ’cue, but crafting it, creating it and pushing themselves to make the best and be the best. And we are looking for the best to be our BBQ Champ!”

The first episode, airing on 31 July 2015 on ITV, will see the eight contenders face a ‘Personality on a Plate’ challenge. The barbecue fanatics will have one hour and 45 minutes to produce a dish that they feel represents them best.

One contestant, Kuldip, will be seen using spare ribs and chilli sauce for his inventive ‘I Found a Dinosaur’ dish. “The idea is that there’s a massive dinosaur bone sticking out of the ground and you have to fish it out and eat the dinosaur bone,” he explained.

The second challenge of this week’s episode will see the contestants take part in a Best of British team challenge, with the aim of creating a barbecue feast only using food from a farm shop.

The last man or woman standing will be crowned BBQ Champ and rewarded with a £25,000 cash prize.

View the trailer here

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