Marco's Kitchen Burnout premieres on ITV1

Friday, 16 April 2010, 9:00PM

“I’m the ringmaster and I will crack the whip but they will have to do everything themselves. They really are in charge of their own destiny.” Marco Pierre White.

Marco Pierre White is back on ITV1 with TV’s toughest celebrity cooking challenge yet. Twelve celebrities will be cooking in a professional kitchen for diners all on their own and the pressure will be relentless from the start. ‘Marco’s Kitchen Burnout’ is brand new & exclusive to ITV1. Fridays from 16th April at 9pm.

Four ruthless weekly heats build to two semi finals and a nail biting final as Marco narrows the field in the hunt for Britain’s top amateur celebrity chef. Each heat sees three stars lock horns in a culinary showdown but only two can go on to the next round. One will be out of the competition for good. The wannabe chefs fighting tooth and nail are:

Heat 1: Kelvin Macenzie, Donna Air and Tupele Dorgu
Heat 2: Elen Rivas, Ruth Langsford and Mark Watson
Heat 3: Nancy Dell’Ollio, Debra Stephenson and Jason Byrne
Heat 4: Russell Grant, Carol Smilie and Alex Fearns.

Before they face the heat of the kitchen the contestants will learn all they can from Marco, via a food challenge. But then they will face the mammoth task of designing and cooking their own menu for 25 diners each. The celebrities must stand or fall on their own because in this game Marco’s help comes at a price.

On the evening itself the celebrities dish out the food and the diners dish out their scores. If the celebrities get into trouble they can ask for Marco’s help, but it comes at a price. For every minute he spends with them there’s a point deducted from their final score

And at the end of the night, in front of a packed restaurant, Marco reveals the results. The celebrity with the highest score gains automatic passage to the next round. The two remaining celebrities are then given the chance to plead for their survival. Marco saves one chef. The other suffers instant Kitchen Burnout. Ultimately only one can win.

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