British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has commissioned the entertainment cooking series Humble Pie (pictured) from London-based RDF Television for its pay-TV channel Watch.
Presented by Today with Des and Mel host Melanie Sykes and judged by Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White, each episode of the 8 x 60-minute series will pit four amateur chefs against one another in a three-round culinary showdown.
At the culmination of each round, however, contestants must review and rank the dishes from best to worst. Chefs who fear their dish may be rated the worst by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White then have the option to cash-out for a smaller exit fee or risk chasing the £2,500 (US$3,900) cash prize and going home empty-handed.
Produced by RDF Television’s entertainment label Fizz, executive producers for the culinary competition series are Jo Scarratt-Jones for RDF Television, Peter Usher for Fizz, and UKTV’s senior commissioning editor Hilary Rosen for UKTV.
The culinary competition series – slated to air later this year – was commissioned by Rosen and ordered by Watch GM Steve North.
“This entertaining series combines great food with a compelling psychological twist,” North said in a statement. “Not only are the contestants placed under huge stress to produce great food for none other than Marco Pierre White, but then they have to cope with the pressure of holding their nerve as they try to outwit their fellow competitors.”
“Humble Pie is a game of bluff and the tactics are as important as the cooking itself. The best chef doesn’t always win,” Rosen added.