TF1 France to adapt “Great British Menu”

French broadcaster TF1 Group has ordered a local version of the long-running UK food competition format Great British Menu (pictured).
August 20, 2014

French broadcaster TF1 Group has ordered a local version of long-running UK food competition format Great British Menu (pictured).

TF1 Group has signed on for a full series of the Optomen Television-made format, now in its ninth season on BBC2. The series sees top chefs compete against one another for the opportunity to cook a banquet menu for a special occasion such as the Queen’s 80th birthday or a London 2012 Olympic celebration.

The local French version of the format will be coproduced by TF1 Productions and the Paris-based Pernel Media, which has also overseen French adaptations of formats such as Lion and All3Media’s Cash Cab, and Hat Trick’s Dinner Date.

Great British Menu is distributed worldwide by Optomen International.

“Over the last decade, Great British Menu has become a great British institution,” said Caroline Stephenson, director of sales for Optomen International, in a statement. “Not only is it one of the UK’s longest running food competition formats, but it is undoubtedly one of the nation’s best loved.

“We’re extremely excited that the format is crossing the Channel to France, the country that elevated food into an art form,” she added. “In the capable hands of Pernel Media, we are sure the show will inspire and entertain French audiences with its celebration of great food and great culinary talent.”


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