Recipe for Deception: Reality TV Cooking Competition on Bravo

Recipe for Deception
Recipe for Deception (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

Series Overview

Recipe for Deception is a reality cooking competition TV series on Bravo in 2016. In each episode, four new chefs compete in three elimination rounds. The chefs are asked to create a dish featuring a main ingredient. However, none of the chefs know what that ingredient is.

The competing chefs have to ask each other three yes or no questions to try and figure out the mystery ingredient. Similar to the game “Two Truths and a Lie”, the chefs that answer the questions answer two of the questions honestly and lie about the third.

The judges assess each chef’s creations based on the overall quality and how well they incorporate their secret ingredients. The winner of the competition takes home a $10,000 award. Jonathan Waxman calls it “The thinking person’s chef show.”

Cast Overview

Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show.

  • Max Silvestri, Host
  • Chris Oh, Judge
  • Jonathan Waxman, Judge

List of Episodes

The Recipe for Deception series ran for only one season with ten episodes. All of the episodes from Season One are available to stream online at Amazon Video.

Season 1

  • Episode 1 – Cooks Can Be Deceiving
  • Episode 2 – Masters of Deception (with Master Chefs Art Smith, Rick Moonen, Lorena Garcia, and Bryan Voltaggio)
  • Episode 3 – To Each His Chicharrones
  • Episode 4 – Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
  • Episode 5 – You’re Bacon Me Crazy
  • Episode 6 – Celebrity Edition (with Coolio, Lou Diamond Phillips, Steve Howey, and Alanna Ubach)
  • Episode 7 – Sweet Deceit
  • Episode 8 – Two Truths and a Lentil
  • Episode 9 – We Can Pickle That
  • Episode 10 – In the Can

Production Company and Executive Producers

Embassy Row and Realizer Productions produced the Recipe for Deception series. The executive producers were Matt Berkowitz, Michael Davies, and Shauna Minoprio.

Critical Response and Awards

The series was not very well received by the audience and was canceled at the end of the first season. Following are some of the ratings from viewers:

  • The series has a rating of 4.5 out of 10 stars on IMDB
  • Amazon Video viewers give the series a rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Facts and Trivia

Following is a list of little-known facts and trivia about the show and its cast members.

Questions & Comments

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