Pressure Cooker Season 1 Review – a creative show blends reality TV and cooking

January 7, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
Nicole Ackman 37
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Pressure Cooker has a creative approach to blending reality TV and cooking, making for a heated and dramatic competition.

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Pressure Cooker has a creative approach to blending reality TV and cooking, making for a heated and dramatic competition.


We review the Netflix reality series Pressure Cooker Season 1, which was released on January 7th, 2023.

Just when you think that you’ve seen every possible format of cooking show known to mankind, Netflix presents a new one. Pressure Cooker blends Survivortype reality TV and a more traditional cooking show to create a competition in which things are bound to get heated. Eleven chefs from different backgrounds and places across the United States must live together in a house while going through a series of cooking challenges, each one trying to win the grand prize of $100,000.

Pressure Cooker Season 1 Review and Premise

From the moment that the chefs arrive at the house, with its colorful large kitchen and well-stocked pantry, it’s clear that this is not your typical cooking show. There’s no host or panel of celebrity judges, just the eleven chefs and the restaurant-style ticket machine that gives them their challenges. The mix of private chefs and restaurant owners must live together, making their personalities and ability to work together almost as important as their cooking to their ability to make it to the next round. They’re even rooming together, making it impossible to escape occasional drama.

Their first challenge is to create a dish within 90 minutes that shows off who each of them is as a chef. Then, they are judged by each other. Throughout the show, there are occasionally guests brought in to judge the food they create — from food critics to family members — but most of the judging is done by one of the chefs themselves. It creates even more of an insular experience and, of course, the potential for more drama. The challenges range from multi-course meals to making desserts from savory ingredients, forcing the chefs to work as a team, in pairs, or alone. No one — neither the chefs nor the viewers — is ever sure what will come out of the ticket machine next.

Pressure Cooker did an excellent job putting together an interesting and eclectic group of contestants. There is a solid amount of diversity represented in terms of gender, race, and sexuality; chefs have come from Michigan, the Bronx, Maryland, and more. There is a blend of people who attended top-notch culinary institutes and those with no formal training, demonstrating the variety that truly exists in the restaurant industry. Some of the contestants, like Jeana, are difficult to like but fun to watch, while others like Robbie and Ed are sure to be fan favorites. It’s amazing to see women like Renée and Lana prove their worth as chefs from the earliest moments of the show, proving that the role of “Chef” is no longer regulated to men.

Getting to see how each chef brings their beautiful dishes to life is a joy, as is watching them all in their white chef jackets talking to each other as they cook. It’s fun to see different approaches to food and how even the most talented chefs can occasionally mess up a meal under pressure. Of course, there are also the talking head interview reactions to the events of the show, where confessions are shared. Seeing the chefs build alliances, break them, share drinks, and even get emotional is fascinating. It certainly seems that many of them come to genuinely care about each other and I wonder what these new friendships between chefs brought together by the show may mean for the future of the culinary world.

Is Pressure Cooker on Netflix good?

Just as Netflix reinvented reality dating with Love is Blind, it has done the same for cooking shows with Pressure Cooker. It’s hard to stop watching (I voluntarily watched the whole series in one day), especially because many of the episodes end on cliffhangers that are annoying but effective. The show is wildly creative and great at building suspense. Pressure Cooker is unlike any other cooking show and is so full of twists and turns that I am eagerly awaiting an announcement of a second season.

What did you think of the Netflix Reality Series Pressure Cooker Season 1? Comment below.

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37 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Season 1 Review – a creative show blends reality TV and cooking

  • January 7, 2023 at 3:26 pm
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    I loved watching Pressure Cooker and watched all 8 episodes in a row. I was hooked on it. Very unique, clever and fun cooking competition show. Kudos to all the Chefs for their amazing dishes. They are all winners in my eyes.

  • January 7, 2023 at 8:00 pm
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    I enjoyed the show but thought it needed some sort of host. There was too much talking and gossiping between contestants. If a chef is eliminated, I feel he/she should just say goodbye and leave.

  • January 7, 2023 at 8:51 pm
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    Can someone please delete the last comment? Completely ruined the surprise. Pretty lame.

  • January 7, 2023 at 10:57 pm
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    Absolutely nonsense with the final voting. Mike clearly succeeded in a final competition and overall in a show staying calm, professional, with a good manners. Unfair and not worth winner of the show. I hope Mike will take much more than money out of this show and future will balance unfairness itself. Netflix for future seasons should think bringing professionals food chiefs and critics to the final vote i hope

  • January 8, 2023 at 7:54 am
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    I can not stand Jeana !! She is such a snake ? I almost stopped watching because how much drama she started and how fake she is . She knew to make her instagram private because she couldn’t handle the backlash she will get … I hope she see’s this !

  • January 8, 2023 at 10:04 am
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    This is not about talent or food, it’s about emotions, because i’d rather eat in a restaurant who makes great food, I don’t care if a chef made progress or not! As Mike didn’t win, probably anyone with a team or family or a more difficult background could have won as it’s too subjective.

  • January 8, 2023 at 6:11 pm
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    Unfair competition show ever. I wont watch season 2 if any. Mike should have win. But other fellow chefs are very subjective. Rubbis

  • January 8, 2023 at 6:27 pm
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    I enjoy watching cooking shows. Pressure Cooker is so different than the usual… it’s kind of like a Big Brother atmosphere but involving chefs. There is nice diversity amongst the contestants. I like the contestants being judges. It’s a nice twist. It brings out their knowledge of their craft. I watched all 8 episodes and loved each one.

  • January 8, 2023 at 7:52 pm
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    I didn’t like the human drama that was in it. I loved the diversity of the dishes. The ending was classless. Two very good chefs didn’t get a chance to go to the end. They weren’t given the chance. I won’t be watching any more series pertaining to this.

  • January 8, 2023 at 10:37 pm
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    I didnt agree with the ending. This is not a cooking show but a pity show.

  • January 9, 2023 at 2:51 am
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    Too much backstabbing. Jeana was the worst! Decisions had nothing to do with skill. The fact that Mike didn’t win is so unbelievably unfair. Just based on that I wouldn’t watch again. Mike was robbed! Pure and simple. Bless his heart.

  • January 9, 2023 at 4:33 am
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    I’m glad Robbie won. Being stiff and very technical does not guarantee a win when in reality, people are human and have emotions and feelings. Mike did well but this was not a fine dining only show. Food must also taste good as most dining is done by regular people, not food professionals or fine dining critics.

  • January 9, 2023 at 5:26 am
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    This is a very controversial show, yet I thought it was very stupid as well. Nice twist to making the contestants judge themselves but the final round should have been judged by neutral judges. They just have 100000 away to someone who got it not talent but for sentiment. Poor show. Great plot bad decision at the end.

  • January 9, 2023 at 11:13 am
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    Thought the show was great, watched all 8 episodes. Although a lot of drama…jena is a snake. Very upsetting watching the finally. Mike should of won. Just by looking at the dishes and visually tasting them it was clear Mike had the better menu. Nothing against Robby. However for someone to lose 100k because people didn’t like you as much or felt you were still young and “had a long road ahead of you”. Totally unfair to someone who displayed culinary wizardry and out-cooked a lot of the competition.

  • January 9, 2023 at 12:41 pm
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    I was enjoying the show until Jeana started with her bs. I can’t stomach fake people.
    The ending was disappointing. It boiled down to how much you were liked by your peers rather than by skills.
    @Netflix…make the final blind tasting or bring in professionals to judge.

  • January 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm
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    Very sad when Mike lost! Unfair because Mike mostly consistent every task and for final task Mike doing very well compare Robby. Very unprofessional result!

  • January 9, 2023 at 2:44 pm
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    I really enjoyed this show but with some caveats.

    I was very happy with Robbie being the winner. I read a lot of the reviews and a lot of people were saying how unfair it was for Robbie to have won and that Mike should’ve been the winner.

    I liked that Robbie gave us affordable home cooked fine dinning food experience. I could go back and try to recreate his meal. I also would be able to go back to his restaurant to enjoy those meals again and again.

    However, with Mike’s dishes if I’m not a culinary connoisseur I wouldn’t be able to afford his food let alone eat it since his choice of cooking is primarily for expensive fine dining which I probably could do once or twice a year on a very special occasion.

    I also think that the show lacked a host. At least to have them at the beginning of each episode or day to give viewers an overview of what happened or how each contestant feels although the confessionals was supposed to do that however, the audience was left blind at times because the house living and interacting dynamics was edited out.

    I would’ve want to see more of the reality aspect of the show play out. We mostly got to see the cooking part which was fine but I think there should’ve been more episodes to see the contestant on their break days from cooking since it seemed to me that they didn’t cook every day.

    I think that the challenges were a little too easy in my opinion. The chefs had too much ingredients at their disposal and the pantry was full to the brim with species, herbs, vegetables, fruits, etc.
    I would’ve rather see the chefs cook out of their comfort zone. For instance have all the chefs pick out their ingredients and prep their meal and the next day with a twist have them exchange menus and have them cook each other’s meal without adding any ingredients. Or have them deconstruct a fine meal into a meal that I could cook at home or elevate a home cooked meal.

    I think the one that mostly struggled was Bryan because he didn’t have any professional culinary skills so I think that the producers could’ve have it where an episode was to showcase a chefs strength just so that the entire show was not only a fine dining cooking show.

    Overall I enjoyed the show however, I wanted to see more drama and reality in the show because the show to me felt rushed. Like there was 11 contestants with only 8 episodes and two of those episodes eliminated 2 people at a time. I also felt like there were no times where the chefs had a non elimination round. Viewers were just watching a cooking show with chefs that lived together because we didn’t get to see the living situation, the animosity, the drama, or the reality of what they were going through.

    I think that there should’ve been more episodes and at least have the lowest voted plate battle it out instead of having the chefs just vote them off since I’m not sure if they even tasted each other’s meal to take into consideration how the bottom chef meal tasted as well as how they lived together (which im sure was edited out for time).

    I really didn’t like Jeanna how she acted. It was very childish of her to lie and maneuver her way to stay which completely backfired. But I see how the show could’ve been super boring without having her around. I guess she added the “Reality” concept to the show since there is always that one person who likes to weasel themselves in instead of showcasing what they know.

    My fav contestants were Renee, Lana, Ed, Robbie, and Bryan. They all brought something different to each meal.

    The Sergei and Caroline (aka Serline) was interesting to see. I think I wanted to see more of how their alliance started.

    Would I watch another season absolutely. I hope for the next season the editing improves the show is a little longer with more episodes and viewers get to know the chefs more. I enjoyed the show.

  • January 9, 2023 at 7:02 pm
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    Absolutely stupid the fact that Mike lost Robbie did not deserve to win nothing but a sob story about progression but they nailed and hit a stop with his second dish. Mike is the man and a champ he was innovating in the Kitchen and proved everyone that his techniques were flawless they hate to see a young man win. In the episode that really mattered to me was where the actual Food Critics came and highlighted Mike as the clean winner. Robbie owned 3 restaurants compared to Mike it’s insane I hope this show doesn’t get a season 2 dog water.

  • January 10, 2023 at 1:55 am
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    They need different judges for finale. Mike should have won. Everyone liked Robbie and felt bad for his situation, but Mike’s food was better throughout. He was also ethical and kind. He lost because he was awkward and that is not fair.

  • January 10, 2023 at 2:40 am
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    Mike was robbed! I would pay for innovative cooking over the same “homey” stuff any day. Judging should have been based on actual culinary skills, not a pity party. Growth is a weak criteria. It can be argued that every single contestant has grown throughout the show. Robbie also already owns multiple restaurants. Mike does not, so it can be argued that he’s more deserving of the money in that regard as well. I really liked Lana, but I’m disappointed in her for being biased and picking her friend over the clearly better chef.

  • January 10, 2023 at 5:25 am
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    Just finished watching the whole season and i am so angry Mike didnt win. He was the best cook out there and it sucks that after all the decision was up to one person who was eliminated in the previous rounds, just 1 person. Robbie cried his way to the money. Rubbish. It is a cooking show, not a therapy session. I wont watch season 2 if ever it comes and wont recommend this to anybody.

  • January 10, 2023 at 7:11 am
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    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. ABSOLUTELY STUPID. Having a “COOKING SHOW” to showcase a Chef’s talent should have been CRITERIA of the show! Not just to go there and be a cry baby!

  • January 10, 2023 at 8:57 am
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    If this was a cooking contest, Mike won. Sadly this show has such a poor concept that Robbie could cry his way to the money, despite owning three companies already…buhuhu, poor Robbie. Jeana is just a scary person, imagine how much horrible stuff she had to go through to end up that broken. Season 2? No point, reality show voting out based on popularity genre is saturated already. Poor concept with a very bad ending, robbing a young talented man of well deserved win.

  • January 10, 2023 at 6:47 pm
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    Disappointing. A professional judge should’ve been present in the finalé. I hope through this, Mike will get enough exposure and receive tenfold of what was robbed from him.

  • January 11, 2023 at 3:56 am
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    Never been upset this much about how they chose the winner!! I Love Mike. He’s Really a technical chef. he’s really kind and very professional. Obviously been robbed. See the monochromatic challenge He won that coz it’s not from the contestants! Even look Mike’s IG!
    definitely he got my respect more when it’s to being a chef.

    Well money it is but the reputation

  • January 12, 2023 at 3:50 am
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    I love cooking competition. So i certainly love this.
    However they should have actual renowned food critics for the finale too. So it’s a fair assessment to have two types so critics, your peers and the industry critics.

  • January 12, 2023 at 8:42 am
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    I felt the exact same way as most comments ive read… this is not a show in which the the best chef would be chosen as the winner. Its more like a special season of survivor where alliances are made and some chefs would be eliminated based on their strategy so they put themselves ahead of the others. In my opinion they should hired a neutral judge to pick the winner. Im sure Robbie is a good chef but in the finale, Mike served a better menu and had put more risks all throughout the competition. He was very innovative and technicalwith all the food he had served. Even the comments and expressions from the eliminated chef provided more positive feedback towards Mikes dishes and yet most of them ended up voting towards the person who has a sadder story in life. . Before Lana made her decision she goes mike youre still young and im sure youre going to places… something along those lines. Then chooses Robbie. Like ok that alone says she didnt choose who the best chef is but wanted to give the $100k pity reward to Robbie. The second i realized that she was the deciding factor i knew she was going to choose since she had bonded with him more than Mike.

    All in all if you’re looking for a new reality tv show showcasing chefs who back stabs each other and all the drama that comes with it. Then this is the show for you. For me, if there would ever be another one I’m most likely skipping it.

  • January 12, 2023 at 10:38 am
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    I was so much invested in this show. But the ending broke my heart when robbie won. Clearly,mike was winner. They did him bad. Mike, if you see this,you are clear winner..it was just not fair!!!!!!

  • January 12, 2023 at 11:41 am
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    The more you watch it the less you like it. All the best chefs are eliminated and Robbie, nice guy but not at all the best chef is eliminated. Everybody follows Jeena manipulations but nobody realisez she does not cook well, she only can cook some mexican food. The formzt is too similar to many othet and cooking is really not the star in the competition… I won’t watch season 2!

  • January 14, 2023 at 4:05 am
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    Worst food show ever!
    An insult to culinary craft and talent. Shame on Netflix for such a snuff production.

  • January 17, 2023 at 12:24 am
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    Way too much drama in this show. Jeana was an absolute snake. I watched to the end hoping the actual winner would prevail but no- so disappointing to have the booted off contestants judge instead of neutral judges. In the end the majority chose the winner purely on emotion. I won’t watch again because of the way that was judged. Mike was robbed of the prize.

  • January 17, 2023 at 4:03 am
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    I’m so disappointed with the final result!!! Mike is supposed to the be winner! He’s a great chef and never work with anybody else. He stand by himself and he absolutely good young man! Can’t believe that Robbie won it! It’s so not fair for Mike. I’m so upset and mad!
    I hope Mike get offers better job and make more money after this show is over!

    I just can’t believe that Lana will do that to Mike! Choosing friend over the best chefs!

    Worst cooking show ever!

  • January 20, 2023 at 1:47 pm
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    I seen all 8 episodes. Ridiculous Robbie is no where close to chef mike even while they were tasting the reactions telling all f**k Robbie and his team this is not a pity show every chef cooks with passion a little tear here and watery eyes there he makes it to a million? Food was raw and undercooked not up to par just random meals prepared by Robbie you can eat anywhere but mikes technicality and fitness was on a different level f**k chef Robbie go cry a River cry for mike to face you in final cry to judges to have pity on you chef Robbie is a f*****g eat the finale should be judged by unbiased judges not these dumb f*****g wanna bees what a joke bullshit ending stupid show when ending us not there don’t recommend this show to anyone

  • January 22, 2023 at 11:27 am
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    Pressure Cooker seems to be a new type of cooking competion but is it real? after each of the cooking tasks the chefs vote on who is to be eliminated. The show seems to choose who is being sent home because they start with 11 chefs but Liv is eliminated after only 8 votes are counted. episode 2 is the same way Christian is sent home after the votes are tallied and 10 chefs tally 6 – 2.

  • January 22, 2023 at 7:14 pm
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    Mike should be the winner, it’s obvious!
    Rubbish show at the end, really unfair, I won’t watch a second one.
    Jeanna wasn’t very nice to anyone and purely chose Robbie out of spite for Mike.

  • January 28, 2023 at 5:28 am
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    This show is a waste of time I love cooking shows, but this one it is the MOST UNFAIR I ever seen. MIKE SHOULD’ve WON. Robbie wasn’t near on the top best chefs there. If Mike and Sergit would have battle the finale I wouldn’t care who would’ve won cuz they were both on the same level. I feel that the reality show idea was great, I wish there was a profesional chef in the finale NOT a whole bunch of hypocrites. UNFAIR SHOW, WASTE OF TIME.

  • January 29, 2023 at 10:55 pm
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    I really like the first 3/4th of the show. Sadly the entire finale was badly executed. It was a bad decision that the first spot can simply vote out two people. + There should have also been professionals judges in the final.

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