UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered two new programs, a food competition series from celebrity chef and host Gordon Ramsay and a one-off autobiographical doc from South African dancer Oti Mabuse, for its BBC1 channel.
Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars (8 x 60 minutes) follows Ramsay (pictured left) as he seeks out Britain’s innovative food and drink entrepreneurs. He’ll push 12 candidates through relentless challenges to test if they have what it takes to drive Britain’s food revolution even further.
The series is produced by Studio Ramsay for BBC1. It was commissioned by Kate Phillips, controller of BBC Entertainment, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Sharon Powers executive produce for Studio Ramsay. Joe Wildman produces and Ben Archard directs. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Jo Wallace.
Meanwhile, Oti’s South African Odyssey is a 60-minute one-off that follows Oti Mabuse (right) as she travels to South Africa, the home she left eight years ago.
Mabuse takes viewers to her home town of Mabopane near Pretoria, and on a road trip through familiar parts of the country, meeting up with old and new friends to showcase the beauty, diversity and hope she sees in a country she feels is often misunderstood.
Oti’s South African Odyssey is produced by Plimsoll Productions for BBC1. Is was commissioned by Phillips and Moore. Katie Beetham executive produces for Plimsoll, and Jo Wallace is the commissioning editor for the BBC.
“Gordon is hugely popular with audiences of all ages and promises to put 12 entrepreneurs through their paces as they compete for Gordon’s investment in their food and drink ideas,” said Phillips in a statement. “We’re looking forward to taking BBC1′s dancing sensation Oti Mabuse back to her home in South Africa, to show us the country she believes is often misunderstood, in Oti’s South African Odyssey.”
Premiere dates for the two programs have not yet been set.