By Christian Cintron, Hollywood Staff
There are tons of cooking shows on television, because it's inevitable that reality TV schadenfreude would flourish in a hot, tense, high-pressure environment. It seems like cooking competitions are getting more grueling, dramatic and difficult, so we've rated popular cooking shows on the ruthlessness shown by the producers, challenges or competitors.
Chefs must cook a cohesive meal using four mystery ingredients. They are judged on their creativity, plating and incorporation of the ingredients.