New on TV today: Saturday 23 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Apr 2022
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Alex vs America

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Alex vs America

Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the most accomplished chefs in the culinary arena, having won virtually every battle she has ever competed in.

Now, over the course of five weeks, 15 chefs from across the United States take their best shot at beating Alex for the ultimate culinary triumph in Alex vs America.

Hosted by chef Eric Adjepong, each episode features three culinary superstars competing over two rounds against one another as well as against Alex.

These competitors might hail from different states, but they all share the same mastery of a specific ingredient or dish, one that they have spent endless hours in their own kitchens perfecting and which will now be tested in an effort to take down one of the country's most formidable chefs.

At the start of each battle, Alex and the competitors learn what the challenge will be, with the chefs having the ability to work together in selecting variables for their dishes as well as the amount of time they give themselves and Alex to cook with.

Each finished plate will undergo a blind tasting, with only the top three chefs advancing and the least successful from the challenge being immediately sent home, even if it is Alex.

In the end, it all comes down to what's on the plate.

Will the final two chefs outcook and outshine Alex, earning bragging rights over an award-winning Iron Chef?

Or will Alex's legendary winning streak continue, sending all the ambitious competitors home with nothing but their disappointment?

In the series premiere, "Alex vs Spicy": The arena heats up as host Eric Adjepong welcomes three chefs from Arizona, Washington, D.C. and California who are ready to show Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and the judges their unique take on cooking with spice.

Their strategy of choosing ingredients in round one could help them succeed, but it may not be enough to get them a win in the second round.

Judges Antonia Lofaso and Bricia Lopez determine which chef can stand the heat and take the win.

Mediterranean – Life Under Siege

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Mediterranean – Life Under Siege

Explore the stunning but hostile Mediterranean, where astonishing wildlife has adapted and endured - until now.

What are the secrets of the creatures that have found a way to flourish under intense human pressure?

And what might be done to protect these endangered ecosystems?

Filmed over the course of two years in 12 different countries and drawing on the expertise of 50 scientists from across the world, this is a documentary saga on a scale that breathes life into the challenges facing an endangered paradise on the brink.

The great story of Life, in the Mediterranean as elsewhere, is all about a never-ending cycle.

It is a region of exuberant biodiversity, from tiny sea horses to huge sperm whales, from short-lived octopus to thousand-year-old olive trees.

Life is an everyday struggle, especially since human activities are everywhere and threaten the survival of thousands of species.

Mediterranean – Life Under Siege reveals some incredible stories of animals and plants, under water, on the ground and in the air.

It also sheds light on men and women inventing solutions to bring peace in the relationship between humans and their environment.

Watch a young female loggerhead turtle cross the perilous Mediterranean waters to lay eggs inland, witness storks soar above the dangerous Gibraltar strait and marvel at the sophistication of social relations in sperm whale pods.

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Talent Search, Reality Competition, Variety

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions

Over the last 13 years we've witnessed incredible talent take to the Britain's Got Talent stage and now they'll go head to head with the best Got Talent acts from around the world in what is described as the Olympics of Talent.

The acts will compete in this supersized version of BGT, all trying to be crowned the ultimate champion and walk away with the cash prize and Champions Trophy.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to the judging panel as they take their seat ready to be impressed by a whole host of global talent.

Joining them will also be the UK's favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec.

Each week, two acts make it through to the grand finale – the first is a Golden Buzzer act chosen by one of the judges or Ant and Dec while the second is voted through by superfans in the arena audience.

The first episode sees the return of BGT Season 1 winner and multi-platinum selling artist Paul Potts, along with Simon's Golden Buzzer from Season 10, Boogie Storm.

Plus, sand artist and winner of Ukraine's Got Talent Season 1 Kseniya Simonova, and daredevil father-daughter duo from America's Got Talent, Bello and Annaliese Nock.

Expect to see the return of other familiar faces as well as welcoming brand new talent from across the world.


Channels in this post: Food Network, BBC Earth, SABC3


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