Crazy Delicious first look: When is it on? What is it about? Who are the judges?

Everything you need to know about the new experimental cooking contest judged by Heston Blumenthal

Carla Hall, Heston Blumenthal, Jayde Adams, Niklas Ekstedt

Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal returns to Channel 4 later this month as a judge on a brand new experimental cooking contest.

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Blumenthal is one of three chefs, alongside Niklas Ekstedt and Carla Hall, who will star in the upcoming Crazy Delicious, which will be hosted by comedian Jayde Adams.

The show will see the three culinary experts set difficult challenges for some of the nation’s most talented food lovers.

Here’s everything you need to know…

When can I watch Crazy Delicious?

The show kicks off on Tuesday 21st January at 8pm on Channel 4. It will run for six episodes in total, keeping with the Tuesday evening time slot.

What happens on Crazy Delicious?

The participants on the show will be tasked with impressing the formidable trio of Heston Blumenthal, Niklas Ekstedt and Carla Hall by creating a series of meals with “originality, visual flair and extraordinary flavours.”

But this is a cooking show with a twist – and, since Blumenthal is involved in the series, it has a few rather eccentric and unusual elements.

For one the series is the first food show to boast an edible set, yes, that’s right – an edible set!

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The set takes the shape of an enchanted garden including chocolate soil, edible blossom and a drinkable babbling brook, from which the competitors must source their ingredients.

On each episode, there will be three cooks competing for the prize – the Gods’ golden apple, which is given out by the three judges.

The show’s debut episode is set to bring together a “junk food genius”, a “foraging queen” and a “king of cakes” who, amongst other challenges, must create an extraordinary hot dog-themed dish – with one contestant said to create an intriguing sounding hot dog profiterole dish.

After two rounds on each episode, one of the three will be sent home – leaving the remaining two to fight it out for the top honour by completing a four-hour challenge.

Who are the judges?

Carla Hall, Heston Blumenthal, Niklas Ekstedt

Heston Blumenthal will be well known to both foodies and fans of TV – the award-winning experimental chef has been a regular fixture on telly for a number of years.

One of Blumenthal’s restaurants, The Fat Duck, has the enviable record of boasting three Michelin stars and having been voted the world’s best restaurant in 2005. Previous TV appearances include Heston’s Feasts and Heston’s Great British Food.

The other two might be lesser known but both have impressive pedigree – Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt also boasts a Michelin star and has appeared on several TV shows in his homeland, while American Clara Hall has been part of a range of US cooking shows including Top Chef and The Chew.

Is there a promotional video?

Yes! You can have a first look at the show below…

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And here are some pictures of the judges and host enjoying that edible set…

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