Unscripted

TNT, Mark Burnett cook up “On the Menu”

U.S. net TNT has greenlit On the Menu (working title), a cooking competition show from One Three Media that promises to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish shortly after each episode airs.
October 15, 2013

U.S. net TNT has greenlit On the Menu (working title), a cooking competition show that promises to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish shortly after each episode air.

The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will be produced by Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and is slated to launch in 2014.

Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) serves as executive producer for the show, continuing a relationship that will see him and One Three serve as exec producers on sister network TBS’s new series Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, which premieres Stateside on October 22.

each episode of On the Menu will center on a different American food business – ranging from restaurant chains and stadium concession stands to amusement parks and cruise lines. Amateur cooks, working in conjunction with professional chefs, will be challenged to create the business’ next signature menu item.

Adopting a format similar to Fashion Star, which saw designers’ clothes made available in stores the day after TX, the winning dish on each episode of On the Menu will go on sale straight away, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day.

On the Menu is a terrific concept, bringing together home cooks, professional chefs and popular eateries together in a competition setting, then giving viewers the chance to taste the winning dishes themselves,” said David Eilenberg, senior VP of unscripted development for TNT and TBS.

“We are very excited to be working with Mark Burnett once again, especially on a show as fun and unique as On the Menu.”

Burnett added: “We are excited to offer the viewer at home a unique opportunity to actually be part of our series. To be able to taste the winning dish the next day brings the series tangibly into the viewer’s own life experience.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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