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VIDEO: Ilan Hall of the Gorbals Announces New Show, 'Knife Fight'

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We've watched a lot of food TV in our time. Heck, we've even participated in the mayhemfrom time to time. So when we say that a set is fun, you'd better believe it to be true.

A few months back, Ilan Hall -- who owns the Gorbals in Downtown L.A. and won season two of "Top Chef" -- invited us down to judge on his new show for the Esquire Network called "Knife Fight." The beer was flowing, and many Scotches were poured. A few of Hall's top-notch chef buddies stepped in to cook with some random (and very unconventional) ingredients. It was a hell of a good time.

During the season, plenty of L.A. talent drops by the set to compete, including Nyesha Arington (The Wilshire), Kevin Meehan (Kali Dining), Felix G. Barron IV (KITCHN 105), Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), CJ Jacobsen (The Mercantile), and David Feau (most recently of The Royce at The Langham).

We won't say too much about our episode, but you can bet that there's all sorts of offal, blood, guts, and swearing. It's that sort of authentic entertainment that is really lacking in a lot of food TV these days.

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The show premieres on April 23 at 9 p.m., but you can watch the teaser below. (You might even spy us seated next to Elijah Wood in there. Just sayin'.)