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Food Network Show To Feature Poker Theme

Chefs Will Be Betting $5,000 Each On Their Dishes

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Host Eric Adjepong credit: Food NetworkFans of poker who also enjoy whipping up a gourmet meal (or at least watching others do it) may want to check out the new show Wildcard Kitchen, debuting this March on the Food Network.

The eight-episode series, which starts airing on March 12 at 9 p.m. (ET), brings some of the network’s favorite chefs together to test their skills at the table and in the kitchen. The show may offer some real “high steals” as the action plays out.

“In each episode, host Eric Adjepong takes over the test kitchen after hours with an exclusive invitation for three chefs to bring $5,000 to play across three hands of his underground culinary poker game,” the network notes of the new show. “The competitors, who all know each other well, have scores to settle and personal stakes to lose as they battle to create dishes based on the cards they are dealt and bet using their own instincts and cold hard cash.”

Cards To Kitchen

As one might find in a poker tournament, some challenges pop up along the way for these celebrity chefs. Wild cards are dealt into the action at times, bringing some unpredictable challenges into the mix to test the chefs.

The network detailed a few of the dishes that show up on the menu during the series, including surf-and-turf with peanut butter and live crab with kimchi. Mystery guest judges use blind taste tests to select the top culinary poker shark who rakes in the cash from their fellow chefs.

Some of the competing chefs include Chopped judges Maneet Chauhan, Brian Malarkey and Marc Murphy; Italian cuisine masters Gabriele Bertaccini, Rocco Dispirito, and Antonia Lofaso; and best friends Stephanie Izard, Joe Sasto, and Justin Sutherland. Guest judges include Anne Burrell, Esther Choi, and Scott Conant.

“Wildcard Kitchen makes viewers feel like they are behind-the-scenes for an exclusive late-night poker game with their favorite chefs,” Warner Bros. Discovery head of food content Betsy Ayala said. “The competition and good-natured trash talk is fierce, funny, and unlike anything Food Network has offered.”

The show offers another pop culture spotlight for the game, which also included a recent Golden Globe nomination for the Peacock Network’s Poker Face.