Our House preps culinary competition for Blue Ant

So You Think You Can Be a Chef begins production in Toronto in September, for Blue Ant Media's Makeful lifestyle channel. (Pictured: Our House Media's Joe Houlihan)
August 16, 2016

Our House Media is taking home cooks from the frying pan into the fire with its upcoming series, So You Think You Can Be a Chef.

The 14 x 30-minute series, currently in the final stages of casting, begins production in September for a projected 2017 debut on Makeful, a Canadian lifestyle specialty channel and brand owned by Blue Ant Media.

The series will pair contestants with restaurants that serve their favorite cuisines – ranging from Italian to Indian, from comfort food to French bistro-style – and after giving them a crash course in restaurant management, place them in the kitchens to oversee the establishment’s dinner service. The real chefs of each restaurant will be watching the proceedings on a monitor and offering advice to the hopefuls via earpiece.

“This series gives the viewer a fun peek into the world of frenetic, high-stress restaurant kitchens,” said Our House Media president Joe Houlihan (pictured) in a statement. “As one of the chefs we’re working with said, ‘It’s like asking someone who flies model planes to get behind the controls of a 737.’”

Houlihan will exec produce along with Our House CEO Simon Lloyd. Series producer is Marshall Kaplan.

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