If you're like us and got really into cooking shows, then you've likely binged most, if not all, of Gordon Ramsay's competitive television shows. From various iterations of Hell's Kitchen to MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay's Road Trip, and more, we've definitely spoiled by his team.
Now, in 2023, Gordon has blessed his loyal fanbase and cooking enthusiasts nationwide with a Season 2 of his Fox series, Next Level Chef.
The series follows Gordon and fellow chefs, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, as they serve as mentors to 18 ambitious chefs, who range from social media stars to professional cooks.
After each mentor selects their team of six, the following weeks consist of each group cooking in one of three kitchens stacked on top of each other. Wait, what?! This is such an intricate set design, and we don't know about you, but we're eager to learn where Next Level Chef was filmed.
Where was 'Next Level Chef' filmed?
When Next Level Chef premiered in 2022, it Gordon Ramsay's first new reality cooking competition series in several years — and he made his mark on the industry with the incredibly complex three-story location that consists of a kitchen on each floor.
Like Gordon's other television ventures, Next Level Chef was filmed in Las Vegas. Per The Cinemaholic, the television set was created in Clark County, an area that "majorly contributes to adult entertainment and the hospitality industry."
With three kitchens to design, the task wasn't easy for the production crew. The lower level is known as "the basement," which consists of possibly the worst kitchen format and appliances for a cook. The middle level is more so an adequate professional layout, as it has everything a cook needs to present a decent dish.
Finally, the upper level is where everyone wants to be due to its state-of-the-art structure and advanced appliances that allow a chef to sail through the challenge at hand.
Showrunner and EP Matt Cahoon describe the television set as a "next level marvel."
Showrunner and executive producer Matt Cahoon spoke with TheWrap via email regarding the filming location, and he said it was a difficult task to assemble three kitchens on top of one another "without allowing heat from the bottom kitchens lead to a trickier cooking environment temperature-wise as you went up each floor."
He also stated that Next Level Chef is far from the typical television set: "It truly was a next-level marvel constructed by our team. Built with over 85 tons of steel, our stage is 50 feet high, meaning we had to have a production hub built to house it, as the only permanent structures with that kind of height were sports arenas."
"A 40,000-square-foot industrial tent was built. It was the largest temporary structure in Las Vegas history. With that, our stage had to pass many of the permanent building codes in Clark County. With that much fortitude built-in, neither the heat nor the sound was ever an issue from floor to floor," Matt added.
One thing that sets Next Level Chef aside from its competition is that it's the first set to be environmentally friendly.
Matt said, "One more thing we were truly proud of … the entire set was 100% green — a feat never before accomplished. All of our burners and ranges were run on natural gas. All of our generators, which ran electric and air conditioning (which we used a lot of in the Las Vegas 110 degree heat) were also gas powered. This set was absolutely cutting edge.”
Watch Next Level Chef live on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox — and stream new episodes the following day on Hulu.