This spring brings two highly addictive (and quite similar) international-cooking-competition series: Around the World in 80 Plates (pictured) and No Kitchen Required. Here, the formulas for telling them apart, using shows you already know.
Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo, premieres May 9) = Top Chef (backbiting artistes de cuisine …) + The Amazing Race (hop from country to country …) + Chopped (and cook with preselected local ingredients)
No Kitchen Required (BBC America, airing now) = Top Chef (backbiting artistes de cuisine …) + Deadliest Catch (fish and hunt for local ingredients …) + Survivor (and cook meals over a fire pit)
—Laurence Lowe and Rachel Rosenblit