Total tasting concentration during Episode 2, with host Ryan Scott (left) and my fellow judge Chris Koetke.

Should this dish win? Why—or why not? As a TV judge on “Home Chef Showdown,” airing June 22 to 24 on the Live Well Network, I had to be discriminating, but nice.

Margo True  – June 20, 2014

Total tasting concentration during Episode 2, with host Ryan Scott (left) and my fellow judge Chris Koetke.

Hmmmm. Should this dish win? Why—or why not? As a TV judge on “Home Chef Showdown,” airing June 22 to 24 on the Live Well Network, I had to be discriminating, but nice.

No problem! I love constructive criticism. It’s what we food editors do every day in the Sunset Test Kitchen when we try each other’s creations. Only this time, it was in front of a crew of 21 and about a dozen cameras.

You wouldn’t believe the crazy moments that occurred, for real, during the filming of these three episodes. (Shooting flames played a small part.) If you tune in, please know that none of it was made up. Including the location—all the filming was done here at Sunset.

The details: June 22 at 8p/7c (Appetizers), June 23 at 8:30p/7:30c (Summer Meal) and June 24 at 8:30p/7:30c (Desserts). Don’t worry if you miss it the first go-round: Each episode will air 20 times. For a list of where you can watch, go to http://livewellnetwork.com/feature/9291108.

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