Cooking Under Fire's premise is that it gathers a dozen aspiring chefs from around the country to compete for the putative title of America's next great chef. There's no popular voting, like American Idol. Instead, a panel of three judges-English, Ming Tsai and author Michael Ruhlman-decides who gets kicked off (86'ed, in show parlance) each week. The winner gets a job as a chef at one of English's restaurants in New York City. Let's stick with this last line for a minute. We’re repeating ...

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