I was hoping with childlike optimism that a show called Food Fighters would be about, well, food fighting. An all-out, cafeteria style, food flinging free-for-all would be the most exciting food-related reality show I have ever seen. Not shockingly, I was wrong. NBC has green-lighted a new cooking competition called Food Fighters. Instead of slinging meatballs and mashed potatoes back and forth, amateur cooks from the U.S. will pit their signature home cooked dishes and cooking skills against those of six professional chefs. The program will be hosted by Adam Richman (Man vs. Food).
“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,” said NBC alternative president Paul Telegdy. “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.”
Each episode will pit a skilled American home cooker against professional chefs from across the globe. The home cooker will select and prepare a recipe they have designated their best signature dish and an expert chef will have to cook that same dish alongside them. The completed dishes will be sampled by judges known as “The Dinner Party” in a blind test. If the meal prepared by the home cooker wins, they will earn a cash prize and advance forward to compete against another culinary professional. The monetary value of the prizes increases for each pro that they beat.
NBC has yet to set a premiere date.