Joel McHale investigates ‘Crime Scene Kitchen’

His newest present is recent out of the oven. 

Joel McHale hosts “Crime Scene Kitchen,” a brand new actuality baking competitors sequence the place groups of cooks should “decode” what sort of dessert to whip up.

“I do very much love hosting and I love cooking,” McHale, 49, advised The Post. 

“And the production team that makes this also makes ‘The Masked Singer’ and ‘I Can See Your Voice’ and I enjoyed those shows,” he mentioned. “Their take on this — it being an unboxing and mystery show on top of being a baking show — I thought was a great idea. And then they get Curtis Stone and Yolanda Gampp, who are super-experts. Their knowledge terrifies me, and so I jumped at it.”

Joel McHale (center" with "Crime Scene Kitchen" judges Yolanda Gampp (left) and Curtis Stone (right)
Joel McHale (heart) with “Crime Scene Kitchen” judges Yolanda Gampp (left) and Curtis Stone (proper)
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Premiering Wednesday, May 26 (9 p.m. on Fox), every episode follows cooks scouring a kitchen for “clues” on dishes that have been beforehand baked. Based on their guesses, they re-create the treats for judges Chef Stone and cake artist Gampp and compete for a $100,000 grand prize.

“[Contestants] have two minutes minutes and there are clues like, ‘Here’s some cocoa powder, here’s a fork that makes a pattern — go!’ You’ll be amazed at how much they get and how some of them completely miss it,” mentioned McHale.

Contestants Jay and Thy-Linh with Joel McHale (right) on "Crime Scene Kitchen"
Contestants Jay and Thy-Linh with Joel McHale (proper) on “Crime Scene Kitchen”
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McHale, who’s based mostly in L.A. together with his spouse and children, spends a variety of time within the kitchen himself. 

“I don’t do a lot of baking,” he mentioned. “I do a lot of meat cooking, from fish to chicken to lots of steak, lamb, buffalo. I will say the skill level for baking is higher. Smoking a brisket takes precision, no doubt, but you can undercook a steak and if people want it more done, you can cook it a little more. But with cakes, if you screw up one part, forget it. And we saw that a number of times [on the show]. You won’t believe what people pull off in just a couple of hours.”

Joel McHale, left, inspects a dish on "Crime Scene Kitchen" with judges Yolanda Gampp and Curtis Stone
Joel McHale, left, inspects a dish on “Crime Scene Kitchen” with judges Yolanda Gampp and Curtis Stone
Michael Becker/FOX

Although McHale is thought for each internet hosting and performing, he has no plans to show his concentrate on only one. 

“I always really enjoyed game shows, and there was always a rule in Hollywood that you couldn’t do acting and hosting — especially game-show hosting. When I started hosting ‘The Soup,’ my actor friends were like ‘I wouldn’t do that!’ and I was like ‘I’m doing it, it seems fun,’” he mentioned.

“Thank God for Jamie Foxx and Alec Baldwin and Dwayne Johnson. They blew the model off the thing. I really enjoy it, and seeing people actually win money is deeply satisfying. I have a tiny little ball-bearing of a heart, and it makes it grow two sizes.”

McHale usually works on several projects directly and didn’t decelerate throughout the pandemic 12 months — enjoying a superhero on The CW’s “Stargirl,” starring within the rom-com film “Happily” and reuniting together with his “Community” co-stars for a desk learn, which ignited talks of a possible film. 

“I think after that table read, that really sparked us seeing each other [more]. We all missed each other. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have said ‘Forget it,’ or like, ‘Sure, a movie, yeah,’” mentioned McHale. “But now I’m like, ‘Oh, this could happen!’ But saying it could happen and then actually it happening for making a movie — there’s a lot of steps. And, we need millions of dollars.”

McHale mentioned he has no plans to decelerate his perpetual juggling of tasks.

“This is how I always have been. Growing up I had a weeding job, I made espresso, I folded sweatshirts, I was a dishwasher, on top of doing different sports all the time…. I always had more than 1 thing going all the time,” he mentioned. “I’m additionally an excessive extrovert, I’m like 4 Golden Retrieversin one. I nonetheless to this present day can’t imagine persons are paying me to leap round on stage. I nonetheless get thrilled by that.

“I’m waiting for the job police to come and take me away and make me get a real job.” 

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