NBC is stocking up on unscripted series heading into summer. On the heels of the pickup of a home makeover reality competition series starring Nate Berkus yesterday, the network also has greenlighted Food Fighters, a culinary game show. Hosted by TV personality/author/food enthusiast Adam Richman, the Electus/Universal TV-produced series will feature a top-notch amateur home cook facing off one by one against six professional chefs from every corner of the world. Echoing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the amateur contestants will rely on their own recipes and three culinary “lifelines” as they square off against expert chefs who will have to cook the same dish. The completed dishes will be sampled in a blind taste test by a panel of culinary judges known as “The Dinner Party.” If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize and get to face off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. If the professional chef wins, their kitchen battle is over. “Food Fighters combines compelling competition and game show fun with a delicious twist — giving every day home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete with world class chefs,” NBC head of alternative Paul Telegdy said. “Every true home cook has at least one ‘signature dish’ — the peach cobbler, the lasagna, that appetizer — that friends beg you to bring to parties. This is a show that puts those recipes to the ultimate test and rewards the passion Americans bring to their home kitchens every day.”
This marks the first collaboration between Electus and Tim Puntillo, whose production entity was recently acquired by Electus to form a new, yet-to-be-named venture. Puntillo executive produces Food Fighters with Electus’ Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox. Electus International will distribute the series worldwide. CAA reps the producers; Richman is with WME and Rain Management.