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Food Network's Extreme Chef: Like Top Chef With Snakes (Video)

Although we love Top Chef here at Clean Plate Charlie, sometimes we can't help wondering if maybe the show would be a little bit better if the cheftestants had to, say, catch their own poisonous water moccasin and cook it in the desert with only a book of matches and a sheet of aluminum foil.

Apparently, Food Network has heard our prayers. Extreme Chef, premiering this Thursday, June 30, at 10 p.m., takes the Survivor-meets-Top Chef concept and manages to up the ante.

During each episode, three chefs will compete for a $10,000 prize by completing challenges like cooking a meal by the heat of a car engine, swimming across raging rapids for ingredients, and navigating a pail of live rattlesnakes (yes!) for a spatula.

Don't know about you, but we will be watching (right after we go out to the Everglades to wrestle an alligator for dinner).

Catch a bit of Extreme Chef, after the jump:  


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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