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BBC2 greenlights “Big Family Cooking Challenge”

UK pubcaster BBC2 is cooking up a new culinary competition format from London-based producer Voltage TV. The Big Family Cooking Challenge (working title; 12 x 60 minutes) will feature inter-generational family ...
October 19, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC2 is cooking up a new culinary competition format from London-based producer Voltage TV.

The Big Family Cooking Challenge (working title; 12 x 60 minutes) will feature inter-generational family teams of amateur chefs vying to become Britain’s best home cook. The series is currently in pre-production and is slated to air in summer 2017. 

Judges will visit each family home to whittle down the teams, who are attempting to transform ordinary dishes into extraordinary cuisine, through a series of challenges based on the realities of everyday meals.

Voltage chief executive Sanjay Singhal and Kathleen Larkin serve as exec producers on the series alongside the BBC’s commissioning exec Catherine Catton. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, BBC2 channel editor, and Donna Clark, acting head of formats and features. 

The commission comes one month after the UK pubcaster confirmed that the forthcoming season of culinary competition series The Great British Bake Off (pictured), produced by Love Productions, would be the last to broadcast on its airwaves before moving to Channel 4 for a three-year run. It will debut in 2017 with a celebrity spin-off in aid of Stand Up to Cancer. 

“A passion for food starts in the family kitchen and this format will take us into homes up and down the country where we’ll meet Britain’s most passionate and exciting families of cooks,” said Clark in a statement.

“Our ambition is to create a feel good show full of character and warmth with authentic home cooking at its heart,” added Singhal.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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