First Class Chefs to launch on Disney Channel featuring acclaimed Chef Michel Roux Jr

First Class Chefs is a brand new live-action cookery series with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr.   The show will see kids from across the UK battle it out for the chance to win £10,000 to fund a project for their school.  First Class Chefs is inspired by The Walt Disney Company’s long-standing commitment to healthy living, and offers entertaining family content which focuses positively on healthier lifestyles.

Produced by Jamie Oliver’s award-winning production company Fresh One, First Class Chefs comprises of nine episodes and will premiere on Disney Channel on June 22nd at 4.30pm.  The series will follow 12 teams (each made up of two children aged nine -11) compete across four rounds designed to transform their relationship with eating and preparing healthier food. First Class Chefs will be co- presented by The Evermoor Chronicles actors Georgia Lock and Finney Cassidy. 

Tasks will test skills spanning menu selection, buying and cooking, until just two teams are left standing and go head to head to win the title of First Class Chef 2015. The grand finale will see the two remaining teams put through their culinary paces, as they use everything they’ve learnt to open a real-life restaurant to cook for their former rival teams.  Special guest chef, Emily Roux, Michel Roux Jr’s daughter, will join the judging panel to help her father choose the series overall winner.

Singer Bluey Robinson, TV presenter Joe Swash and professional chefs, Lisa Allen (Great British Menu), award-winning Theo Randall (proprietor of the Theo Randall at the InterContinental) and Michelin-starred, Tom Kitchin (MasterChef, Great British Menu and The Chef's Protégé), will also feature in the nine-part series.

Michel Roux Jr comments: “I’m hugely passionate about food and giving young people the opportunity to get an insight into an industry that is both challenging and rewarding. Disney Channel’s First Class Chefs is the perfect platform to celebrate the next generation of talented youngsters, I believe that the knowledge and skills needed to prepare great food is invaluable and perhaps we may inspire a future Michelin-starred chef!”

Commissioned by Disney Channel UK & Ireland, First Class Chefs delivers on Disney Channel’s promise to encourage kids to fulfil their potential. The show’s fun, action-packed take on food, nutrition and teamwork will give kids the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills while inspiring them to follow in the footsteps of their foodie heroes. The series not only encourages kids to lead a healthy lifestyle, but also uses ideas around recipes, food and nutrition to deliver shared experiences that can be talked about in the playground, with friends and at home.

Catch First Class Chefs on Disney Channel from June 22nd at 4.30pm
First Class Chefs will air every Monday and Tuesday at 4.30pm

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