Yup, there must be at least a dozen shows of that kind on TV here. With or without competition, professionals against hobby cooks, timed duels, with or without a jury, with and without celebrities, etc.
I saw! I was such an idiot and didn't go. I just couldn't rationalize spending the money since I'd have probably had to buy my friend a ticket as well (or go alone).
I just can't get into these cooking judgment shows. The sheer pompous arrogance of the judges is such a turnoff. There's this one guy on Iron Chef that I just want to slap and a lady on Chopped that's even worse.
I don't even consider Hell's Kitchen a cooking show. It's Gordon Takes His Shirt Off and Yells at People, aka 100% scripted drama. Most so called cooking shows have little to nothing to do with food. I love Ace of Cakes but it's a 30 minute sitcom! The cake is merely a supporting cast member. Just because there's food involved doesn't make it cooking ya know.