This could be Jamie’s Kitchen gone bad…or possibly The Kitchen of Hard Knocks.
An Australian network has licensed the format rights to Conviction Kitchen, a Canadian series in which 24 ex-criminals, with no culinary experience, are given three weeks to open a restaurant.
The 8 x 60 min series is the brainchild of Toronto’s Cineflex Prods. and local celebrity chef Marc Thuet, and wife / co-restauranteur Biana Zorich.
84 former bank robbers, thieves and petty offenders were whittled down to seven waiters and six cooks, followed by a three-week boot camp.
But one ex-con left the series after he was found shooting up in back of the kitchen.
“This is probably the most emotional show we’ve ever made,” Cineflex president of programming Simon Lloyd said. “You’ve got someone taking heroin, who can’t stay in the restaurant because he can’t be around recovering addicts.”
No one is voted off the show at the end of each episode.