the thread about curtis stone taking over for kelly choi made me recall this cooking show, but turns out i might have the wrong chef associated with it.
it was either based in the uk or aus and had the same 2 male chefs/cooks and 1 female chef/cook in each episode that were in a closed off kitchen. they would be given an ingredient or theme challenge (can' t remember if it was one dish or 3 courses) and had to create something around it. the challenge and food would be sent through a small door where the 3 "secret" judges, who varied each episode, on the other side would taste and rate the dishes without knowing who had cooked it. at the end they would congratulate the winner by going into the kitchen and the chefs would act all excited and surprised to have cooked for the particular people chosen as judges.
for some reason i remember it as my first introduction to curtis stone... but maybe not!
can anyone identify this show? wiki does not indicate this is curtis, but there was definitely some surfer type involved.