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Discovery+, OWN team on “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off”

Discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network are partnering on a new cooking competition show, The Great Soul Food Cook-Off, celebrating Black chefs and Black culinary traditions. The 6 x 60-minute series ...
October 20, 2021

Discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network are partnering on a new cooking competition show, The Great Soul Food Cook-Off, celebrating Black chefs and Black culinary traditions.

The 6 x 60-minute series premieres on Discovery+ on November 20, with new episodes hitting the streamer on Saturdays through December 18.

The Great Soul Food Cook-Off is produced by Good Egg Entertainment (Chopped), with OWN overseeing production. Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, will serve as culinary historian and consultant.

The series will pit eight chefs against each other over the course of the episodes, with the winner taking home a grand prize of $50,000. The show aims to help recognize the contributions of Black chefs and culture to the world of food in the same way Black culture has had a massive impact on music, fashion, sports and media at large, with challenges specifically designed to highlight soul food, past and present.

The Great Soul Food Cook-Off is hosted by chef and TV host Kardea Brown, who will be joined by world renowned chefs like Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson as they critique the contestants’ creations each week.

“Soul food originated in the earliest African American communities and describes a style of cuisine that represents the creativity and skill of Black cooks from many cultures within the African diaspora,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, in a release. “Our audience cherishes time together as a family around the table and many have passed down favorite family recipes for generations. This series is a celebration of long-standing traditions we hope to introduce and spotlight for new and existing viewers as we shine a light on a few of today’s most talented Black chefs and culinary curators.”

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