Fox premiered Crime Scene Kitchen, a new reality baking competition, in May 2021. Viewers were delighted by the investigative nature of the competition and were trying to figure out if there would be more. Nearly a year later, they’ve finally received an answer: Fox has renewed Crime Scene Kitchen for a second season, and here’s what we know so far.
Hosted by Joel McHale, the show asks bakers to use clues from the “Crime Scene Kitchen” to recreate the desserts made there. Each episode has two rounds, the dessert round and the showpiece round. The team that gets closest to identifying the correct dessert in the first round is awarded an extra clue in the showpiece round. Anyone who guesses the correct dessert in the showpiece round is then safe from elimination. The bakers who guessed incorrectly are judged by taste, and whoever performed the worst is sent home.
What fans seemed to enjoy most about Crime Scene Kitchen was playing detectives themselves. Only the two judges, Yolanda Gampp and Curtis Stone know what the desserts are in each round. Therefore, viewers get to guess the dessert along with the contestants as they search through the evidence left behind. While some of them are easy enough to figure out, other Crime Kitchen clues are proven to be too difficult for even the best bakers to solve.
Another element of Crime Scene Kitchen’s success was its cast. Joel will likely return for Crime Scene Kitchen season 2 as the host, considering he’s also credited as a producer. Whether Yolanda and Curtis will continue judging has yet to be confirmed. There’s speculation that Curtis won’t be returning due to his role as an Iron Chef on Netflix’s Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. However, the Iron Chef reboot premieres on June 15, meaning they probably wrapped up filming a few months earlier. So, Curtis’ schedule may still permit him an appearance on Crime Scene Kitchen.
All in all, Crime Scene Kitchen’s unique scavenger hunt baking game format enthralled viewers, leaving them hungry for more. Fox’s order for Crime Scene Kitchen season 2 came with the announcement for their unscripted lineup. Next Level Chef was also renewed for a second season, and Hell’s Kitchen will return for season 21.
A release date for Crime Scene Kitchen season 2 has yet to be announced. Since season 1 premiered at the end of May, there’s speculation that fans may be rewarded with an early summer release. Without any confirmation, fans will have to patiently wait for more Crime Scene Kitchen updates.