Dancing With the Stars’ Samantha Harris will host Culinary Genius, which is debuting Aug. 7 for a three-week summer test on select Fox owned television stations. Edward Lee will serve as the show’s head chef.
Culinary Genius is a half-hour program adapted from England’s ITV version of the show, which is executive produced by Gordon Ramsay and will also air in the U.K. The show begins with Lee performing a cooking demonstration for five amateur home chefs who serve as the day’s contestants.Contestants compete in a 25-minute cooking competition where the winner is crowned the culinary genius of the day. Culinary Genius is produced by Studio Ramsay and All3Media.
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Harris cohosted ABC’s reality competition show from 2006-2010. She worked as weekend co-host and weekday fill-in host on CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight from 2010-12. She was a co-host and correspondent on CTD’s The Insider from 2008-10 and prior to that, a correspondent on E! News. Before joining E!, she was weekend co-host and full-time correspondent for Warner Bros’ Extra, which she joined in 2003.
Lee is chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood and The Wine Studio in Louisville, Kentucky, and the culinary director for Succotash in Penn Quarter, Washington D.C., and National Harbor, Maryland. He was a cheftestant on season nine of Bravo’s Top Chef, and appeared on season three of PBS’ TheMind of a Chef. Most recently, he hosted and co-produced a feature documentary titled Fermented.