As the new FOX show, Crime Scene Kitchen is set to premiere, Joel McHale brought his witty commentary to the baking mystery. While McHale might be the Chief Happy Hour Officer and a foodie in his own home, baking might not be his way to unwind. With his sarcastic response of “I bake every day,” it was clear that this baking competition might have opened the door to a new experience for him.
During a recent interview with FoodSided, McHale shared a few clues that might get dessert lovers craving a taste of the upcoming Crime Scene Kitchen baking competition. Although McHale does not get flour on his apron during the competition, he did satisfy a few cravings during filming.
While people see McHale sipping on a great cocktail or showcasing his skills as grill master on his social media, he shared that this baking world fascinated him. It was more than just flour, sugar, butter and eggs. There was a little bit of “chemistry in making these desserts.” Granted not everyone can be the Queen of Cakes like Yolanda Gampp, but these teams of bakers prove that they can make a tasty dessert.
For those unfamiliar with the premise of the show, Crime Scene Kitchen is a baking competition where teams of two must solve the “sweet clues” and create a delicious and visually stunning dessert. Joining McHale are Curtis Stone and Gampp. As the host of the show, McHale does not know the answer to the “baking crime,” but he does get to taste the bakers’ solutions.
McHale revealed that at one point he said to himself, “I was eating 13 desserts a day and I thought thank you, Jesus, thank you for letting me be on this planet.” Although eating that many desserts a day might be extreme, the baking creativity from these contestants is tremendous.
As the viewers try to unravel the clues, it is interesting to see how the baking teams go in different directions. McHale shared, “you would be astonished at how close people get and then you’ll be astonished at how far away people get as well.” Yes, there are many extremes in this show.
McHale continues and said, “but you wouldn’t believe what the people figure out in just a few little clues. so, the premise is that people get two minutes to walk around a kitchen that has the remnants of some dessert. (From) a drop of lemon juice, (to) a little hint of baking soda (and) a tiny bit of like fondant,” the bakers “have to put it together” and the outcome is quite impressive.
From the highly skilled bakers to the less experienced, Crime Scene Kitchen is a delightful baking competition that will have many people watching each episode. Whether or not home bakers try their own hand at solving the sweet mystery remains to be seen. And, don’t let Joel McHale pop out from behind the pantry door, unless he’s holding a 5 O’clock Fuzz cocktail to share.
Crime Scene Kitchen premieres on FOX, Wednesday May 26 at 8 p.m. EST.
What is your favorite baking competition on food television? Would you ever want to be on a food television show?