PBS joins food TV contests with ‘The Great American Recipe’

  • Judges Tiffany Derry, from second left, Graham Elliot, host Alejandra Ramos and judge Leah Cohen gather around d a contestant’s station in a scene from the competition series “The Great American Recipe.” (PBS via AP)

NEW YORK — America has perfected the stressful TV cooking competition, pitting amateur or professional chefs against each other in such high-pressure, scream-filled shows as “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” or “Top Chef.”