Interesting cooks so far. If they give two cooks 45 minutes and they plan to choose twenty cooks how many hours did it take to film the tryout phase? At this point in the show I can't tell how many cooks altogether but dang, it must have taken a long time watching each duo prepare their dishes. I see from the first post in this thread that they're 36 trying out. Wow. It's a long process.
Some of the cooks are pretty whacky!
So far it looks like they're going to have some great competitors with very diverse culinary backgrounds!