BBC Daytime cooks up a storm
Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC Daytime & Early Peak, today announced two new commissions which both promise to be a mouth-watering treat for viewers.
Food Poker is an innovative take on a cookery show for BBC Two combining the thrill of a poker round with the competitive edge that always ensues when you put two or more top chefs in a kitchen together.
And Making A Meal Of It on BBC One sheds a light on the cut and thrust of the business world as couples compete in the kitchen of a busy restaurant.
Jay Hunt says: "Food Poker and Making A Meal Of It build on the huge success of programmes like Great British Menu in extending the range and ambition of our food shows."
Combine chefs' fiery competitive culinary spirit with one of the world's best loved and most exciting card games and you get Food Poker, a recipe competition where culinary reputations are put on the line with every turn of the card.
Using chance, skill and the ability to bluff, a team of top chefs play a high octane card game to win the ingredients for a savoury and a sweet dish.
They then have to cook against the clock with each dish being blind tasted by a member of the studio audience. It's no brag – reputations will be made or broken on this show.
In Making A Meal Of It, presenter Simon Rimmer gives couples the chance to live out their dream and run a restaurant.
Each day a different couple are given their own restaurant, a team to work in it and 40 hungry customers to feed. Their challenge is to serve up a lunch and dinner service worth £25 a head.
Day by day the couples compete for the taking but it's the diners who decide how much they're prepared to pay for their meal – £25, £10 or nothing at all...
Both shows will air on BBC Daytime later this year.
Notes to Editors
Food Poker is being made by Optomen for BBC Two and the executive producer is Ben Adler.
Making A Meal Of It is a BBC Birmingham production and the executive producer is Helen Foulkes.