ITV America’s ThinkFactory Media has secured a commission from TBS for the competition cooking series Rat in the Kitchen, a first-time food format for the WarnerMedia-owned pay-TV net.
The 10 x 60-minute series will be hosted by Another Period star Natasha Leggero and judged by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre.
In each episode, a mix of professional chefs and home cooks will compete in a series of cooking challenges, earning cash for every dish that impresses Lefebvre — the twist being that one of the chefs is an undercover “rat in the kitchen” who sabotages fellow contestants’ chances at victory. If the “rat” avoids detection, they’ll win a cash prize.
Rat in the Kitchen was devised by Glenn Hugill and his UK-based prodco Possessed, part of ITV Studios.
“Rat in the Kitchen is by far one of the most clever formats we’ve ever heard,” Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted development at TNT, TBS and truTV. said in a statement “It combines innovative cooking and everything you love about your favorite food shows, with a healthy serving of classic true crime whodunnit. Plus, Natasha and Ludo are the perfect recipe for a good time.”
Thinkfactory CEO Adam Reed added: “As a company with a history and ongoing focus on loud formats, Rat checks all of the boxes for us. The series blends familiar elements from different beloved unscripted genres to create something wildly unique and fresh, yet simple and straightforward.”
Rat in the Kitchen is executive produced by Reed with Adam Freeman, Simon Thomas, Bernie Schaeffer and Kenny Rosen for Thinkfactory Media, and by Hugill for Possessed. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios.