NBC lines up “Food Fighters”

U.S. broadcaster NBC is lining up a cooking competition series, hosted by Adam Richman (pictured), which will mark the first project between Electus and Tim Puntillo.
March 13, 2013

U.S. broadcaster NBC is lining up a cooking competition series, hosted by Adam Richman (pictured), which will mark the first project between Electus and Tim Puntillo, following Electus’s acquisition of Mannahatta Productions last year.

In the series, produced by Electus and Universal Television, amateur cooks are pitted against six professional chefs. In each showdown, the amateur cook will use their best signature dish recipe and three culinary “lifelines,” while the expert chef will have to make the same dish.

The final dishes will be tested in a blind taste test by a panel of culinary judges. The home cook wins a cash prize and a chance to face off again against another culinary pro, but if the chef wins, the battle is over.

“‘Food Fighters’ combines compelling competition and game show fun with a delicious twist – giving everyday home cooks a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete with world class chefs,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming.

“”We are very proud to partner with NBC on the first show that Electus has taken to market with Tim Puntillo,” added Ben Silverman, chairman and founder of Electus. “We look forward to bringing audiences and food enthusiasts a unique series that breathes new life into the culinary competition genre.”

Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox and Puntillo serve as executive producers of Food Fighters. Electus International will distribute the series worldwide. CAA negotiated the deal.

Food Fighters comes on the heels of NBC yesterday unveiling the commission of Renovation Nation.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.