U.S. broadcast network Fox is heading into the kitchen once again — this time for a baking competition series with a twist.
Crime Scene Kitchen, produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Fly on the Wall (Big Brother) and hosted by actor/comedian Joel McHale (pictured), will make its Fox debut on May 26 following the season finale of Fox’s top unscripted series, The Masked Singer, and like that series, the new unscripted entry also features the “guessing game” element.
The series tasks bakers to identify a particular dessert from the merest of clues — crumbs, flour trails, et cetera. From there, the participants must recreate the dish for a panel of celebrity judges, including chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp. They will determine how close the recreation is to the original item, and weigh in on how it tastes.
“It’s a truly original format with amazing baking creations, a brilliant play-along guessing game for the whole family, and Joel at the center of it all bringing hilarity at every turn,” said Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials for Fox Entertainment, in a statement.
“Hosting a show where bakers try to figure out and then duplicate a dessert from just crumbs, crusty whisks and a soiled electric mixer, seems like a lot of fun and reminds me of college,” quipped McHale.
Fox is no stranger to culinary competition and unscripted food programming, with Gordon Ramsay-fronted series Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen among its top-rated reality roster over the years. ABC, meanwhile, has served up its own version of the Great British Bake Off format, titled The Great American Baking Show, since 2015. An earlier attempt at cooking up a U.S. version of the smash UK format from Love Productions, The American Baking Competition, aired on CBS for one season in 2013.