All across America there are unique, pocket cultures with their own trademark customs, community, and especially cuisine. One world-class chef is on a mission to not only find them, but to “become a local” in just five days. How? By renting an apartment, winning over the neighbors, sampling the regional specialties–and then serving up his take on the local favorite for the very denizens that help him along the way. Whether it’s corn hull soup in Maine or stuffed pig’s stomach in Louisiana, it’s up to the locals to decide if our host has proven himself a “local” or if he must “get packin’.”
From salty sailors to onetime vagrants, even an ‘80s TV starlet—follow the unbelievable, unpredictable lives of the crafty “boat dwellers” who exploit international maritime law so that they can live free on cheap, aging yachts up and down the California coastline. They may spend their days patching hulls, evading the Shore Patrol, and punching it out over the best way to haul ice back to their vessels, but these gypsy-like “liveaboards” share one common desire: to live life on their own terms. And no one is going to stop them.
Seven of America’s toughest chefs challenge one another to weekly, globetrotting scavenger hunts to find the world’s most rare heirloom, heritage, and regional foods. From Japan’s black densuke watermelon to Arizona’s I’itoi onions, challengers must track down the rarity, learn how the locals use it, and then feature it in a new, unique dish that’ll be served up in a gastronomical death match judged by the very same hypercritical peers that sent ‘em on the hunt in the first place. Debate decides the elusive foodstuff. A coin toss, the two (un)lucky participants. And the prize? Bragging rights among friends at the Midnight Supper Club.
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