Crime Scene Kitchen
Genre
Directed by
  • Paul Starkman
  • Ashley S. Gorman
Presented byJoel McHale
Judges
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFox
ReleaseMay 26, 2021 (2021-05-26) –
present

Crime Scene Kitchen is an American reality television series that premiered on Fox on May 26, 2021. The series is hosted by Joel McHale with Yolanda Gampp and Curtis Stone serving as judges.

In May 2022, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered in June 2023. In March 2024, the series was renewed for a third season.[1]

Format

In each episode, teams of two bakers are tasked with deducing the type of dessert that was prepared in a kitchen by inspecting the state of its tools, food remnants, and other evidence such as written clues. They are then asked to re-create the desserts identified, from scratch. The judges evaluate each team's dish based first on accuracy in re-creation, while overall quality is considered as a secondary factor.

Each episode consists of two rounds. In the first season, the first round is the "Dessert Round" in which the winners receive an extra hint during the second round. In the second season, the first round is the "Safety Bake" in which the winners are exempt from the second round and safe from elimination. The second round is known as the "Showpiece Round" in season one and the "Elimination Bake" in season two. The worst-performing team in the second round is eliminated from the competition.

Each season features twelve teams, initially divided into two groups of six. In the second season, the groupings were based on the bakers' backgrounds, pitting self-taught bakers against those who are classically trained. Each of the first six episodes of each season features only one group, alternating until three teams have been eliminated from each group. Thereafter, all remaining teams compete simultaneously. Thus, no more than six teams compete at once.

Production

On April 7, 2021, it was announced that Fox had ordered Crime Scene Kitchen, with Joel McHale as host, who also serves as an executive producer. Yolanda Gampp and Curtis Stone serve as judges for the series.[2][3][4] The series premiered on May 26, 2021.[5][6]

On May 16, 2022, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season,[7][8] which premiered on June 5, 2023,[9] after originally being planned to premiere on May 22, 2023.[10]

Elimination tables

Season 1

Team[11] Relation Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Group A Group B A B A B
Luis & Natalie Friends SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNERS
Cathy & Thomas Mother & son WIN SAFE SAFE RISK WIN RUNNERS-UP
Lorie & Jason Husband & wife SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE RUNNERS-UP
Leslie & Emma Mother & daughter WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK ELIM
Erinn & Amanda Military veterans SAFE SAFE RISK SAFE ELIM
Cory & Donte Best friends SAFE SAFE RISK ELIM
Shania & Hope Best friends SAFE WIN ELIM
Jay & Thuy-Linh Culinary school friends RISK SAFE ELIM
Rebecca & Jean Mother & daughter RISK ELIM
Carolyn & Caroline Mother & daughter SAFE ELIM
Natasha & Anthony Friends ELIM
Nathan & Anthony Best friends ELIM

The team won the first round and received an extra hint for the Showpiece Round.

  The team won Crime Scene Kitchen.
  The team was a runner-up.
  The team won the Showpiece Round.
  The team was safe from elimination.
  The team was at risk of elimination after the Showpiece Round.
  The team lost the Showpiece Round and was eliminated from the competition.
  The team did not compete in the episode.

Season 2

Team[12] Relation Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
ST[a] CT[b] ST CT ST CT
Amber & Yassmeen Friends SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE WINNERS
Laissa & Camille Friends WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN RUNNERS-UP
T & Fadi Friends SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE RUNNERS-UP
Kristy & Tarsha Mother & daughter SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM
Steph & Cherry Friends WIN WIN WIN SAFE ELIM
Sherry & Sally Twin sisters SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM
Ricky & DJ Friends SAFE SAFE ELIM
Kathleen & Hannah Friends SAFE SAFE ELIM
Bob & Vikki Husband & wife SAFE ELIM
Torre & Michelle Husband & wife SAFE ELIM
Christina & Jenae Friends ELIM
Donovan & Dayveon Stepbrothers ELIM
  1. ^ Bakers in this group are self-taught
  2. ^ Bakers in this group are classically-trained
  The team won Crime Scene Kitchen.
  The team was a runner-up.
  The team won the Safety Bake and was safe from elimination.
  The team was safe from elimination.
  The team lost the Elimination Bake and was eliminated from the competition.
  The team did not compete in the episode.

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19May 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)July 21, 2021 (2021-07-21)
210June 5, 2023 (2023-06-05)August 14, 2023 (2023-08-14)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [13][14]Guest JudgeOriginal air date [13][14]Prod.
code [13]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Premiere"N/AMay 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)CSK-1012.35[15]
22"Meet the Competition"N/AJune 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)CSK-1021.89[16]
33"Just Desserts"Cheryl HinesJune 9, 2021 (2021-06-09)CSK-1031.74[17]
44"Decisions, Decisions"N/AJune 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)CSK-1041.63[18]
55"Rock and Roll"Kelly OsbourneJune 23, 2021 (2021-06-23)CSK-1051.83[19]
66"Red, White and Clue"Aarón SanchezJune 30, 2021 (2021-06-30)CSK-1061.86[20]
77"The Rise and Fall"N/AJuly 7, 2021 (2021-07-07)CSK-1071.89[21]
88"Fight Until the Batter End"Ken JeongJuly 14, 2021 (2021-07-14)CSK-1081.83[22]
99"Finale"N/AJuly 21, 2021 (2021-07-21)CSK-1091.63[23]

Season 2 (2023)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [13][24]Guest JudgeOriginal air date [13][24]Prod.
code [13]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
101"Premiere: Welcome Self-Taught Bakers"N/AJune 5, 2023 (2023-06-05)CSK-2011.17[25]
112"Meet the Classically-Trained Competition"N/AJune 12, 2023 (2023-06-12)CSK-2021.02[26]
123"Self-Taught: Not So Simple"N/AJune 19, 2023 (2023-06-19)CSK-2031.00[27]
134"Classically-Trained: Going Plum Crazy"N/AJune 26, 2023 (2023-06-26)CSK-2041.09[28]
145"Self-Taught: Follow the Clues"NeNe LeakesJuly 10, 2023 (2023-07-10)CSK-2051.04[29]
156"Classically-Trained: Easy as Pie"N/AJuly 17, 2023 (2023-07-17)CSK-2061.16[30]
167"The Merge: A Total Crêpe Shoot"Martina McBrideJuly 24, 2023 (2023-07-24)CSK-2071.15[31]
178"The Quarterfinals: A Sticky Situation"Richard BlaisJuly 31, 2023 (2023-07-31)CSK-2081.20[32]
189"The Semifinals: It's All in the Details"Dwight HowardAugust 7, 2023 (2023-08-07)CSK-2091.03[33]
1910"The Finale: I Need a Drink!"N/AAugust 14, 2023 (2023-08-14)CSK-2101.01[34]

Reception

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of Crime Scene Kitchen
No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref.
1 "Premiere" May 26, 2021 Wednesday 9:02 p.m. 0.6/4 2.35 0.2 0.83 0.9 3.18 [15][35]
2 "Meet the Competition" June 2, 2021 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 0.5/3 1.89 0.1 0.54 0.6 2.43 [16][36]
3 "Just Desserts" June 9, 2021 0.5/3 1.74 0.2 0.66 0.6 2.40 [17][37]
4 "Decisions, Decisions" June 16, 2021 0.4/3 1.63 0.1 0.60 0.5 2.22 [18][38]
5 "Rock and Roll" June 23, 2021 0.5/3 1.83 0.1 0.59 0.6 2.42 [19][39]
6 "Red, White and Clue" June 30, 2021 0.5/3 1.86 0.1 0.63 0.6 2.48 [20][40]
7 "The Rise and Fall" July 7, 2021 Wednesday 9:01 p.m. 0.5/3 1.89 0.2 0.70 0.6 2.58 [21][41]
8 "Fight Until the Batter End" July 14, 2021 0.4/3 1.83 0.2 0.71 0.6 2.54 [22][42]
9 "Finale" July 21, 2021 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 0.4/3 1.63 0.2 0.72 0.5 2.35 [23][43]

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of Crime Scene Kitchen
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Ref.
1 "Premiere: Welcome Self-Taught Bakers" June 5, 2023 0.2/3 1.17 [25]
2 "Meet the Classically-Trained Competition" June 12, 2023 0.2/2 1.02 [26]
3 "Self-Taught: Not So Simple" June 19, 2023 0.2/2 1.00 [27]
4 "Classically-Trained: Going Plum Crazy" June 26, 2023 0.2/2 1.09 [28]
5 "Self-Taught: Follow the Clues" July 10, 2023 0.2/2 1.04 [29]
6 "Classically-Trained: Easy as Pie" July 17, 2023 0.2/2 1.16 [30]
7 "The Merge: A Total Crêpe Shoot" July 24, 2023 0.2/2 1.15 [31]
8 "The Quarterfinals: A Sticky Situation" July 31, 2023 0.2/3 1.20 [32]
9 "The Semifinals: It's All in the Details" August 7, 2023 0.2/2 1.03 [33]
10 "The Finale: I Need a Drink!" August 14, 2023 0.2/2 1.01 [34]

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