FYI cooks up culinary-themed series, pilots

A+E's FYI has greenlit six episodes of the culinary competition series Midnight Feast and ordered the gastronomy-themed pilots Say It To My Face and Reverse Course. (Pictured: chef Spike Mendelsohn)
May 1, 2014

U.S. net FYI has greenlit six episodes of the culinary competition series Midnight Feast and ordered the gastronomy-themed pilots Say It To My Face and Reverse Course.

In the Nerd TV-produced Midnight Feast - picked up by FYI for six hour-long episodes - three chefs are tasked with creating exotic dishes using expensive ingredients provided by the show. If their dishes don’t receive high marks at the end of the round, the losing chefs must pay for the materials they used, while the winner receives a cash prize. The series is hosted by chef Spike Mendelsohn (pictured).

Meanwhile, the hour-long pilot Say It To My Face allows chefs and restaurant owners the chance to defend themselves against online critics. In the Pie Town Productions-made show, the group will first be mentored by co-hosts Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of New York’s The Meatball Shop, and then get the opportunity to makeover their restaurants in the hopes that reviews improve.

Finally, the Stick Figure Studios-produced pilot Reverse Course will see chef and restaurateur Sam Talbot tell the story of a meal in reverse, taking a finished meal and moving backwards so audiences can see exactly where it came from and the inspiration behind the dish.

Production begins immediately on all three shows.

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