"Cooking on High" is a culinary competition series that has a specific element that distinguishes it from other shows in the genre. That distinguishing factor is that each recipe prepared on the show must contain cannabis, and enough of the drug to get the judges high. Each episode pits two chefs against each other in a single round, with the challenge of creating a dish based on a particular theme and using the chosen strain of marijuana. The contestant who earns the higher score is awarded a golden pot (the kind you cook with). Despite the marijuana-centric aspect of the show, the contestants are legitimate chefs, with backgrounds that include working as executive chefs and being trained at Le Cordon Bleu. YouTube personality Josh Leyva hosts, with comic and noted cannabis enthusiast Ngaio Bealum serving as the resident "culinary weed expert."