BBC Two has commissioned Voltage TV to produce a new competitive food show, 12×60-min The Big Family Cooking Challenge (working title).

The series will pit inter-generational teams of home cooks against each other in a new format celebrating ordinary dishes made extraordinary. Across the series, the judges will visit family homes and whittle down the teams of cooks through a series of challenges based on the realities of everyday meals.

The Big Family Cooking Challenge, which is already in pre-production, is due to air in summer 2017.

It was commissioned by BBC Two Channel Editor, Patrick Holland and Acting Head of Formats and Features, Donna Clark, and will be executive produced for the BBC by commissioning executive Catherine Catton. It will be executive produced by Voltage Chief Executive Sanjay Singhal and Kathleen Larkin.

The commission comes a month after the BBC lost its competitive baking format Great British Bake Off to Channel 4. Bake Off began life on BBC2 before moving over to BBC1.

Donna Clark says: “I’m thrilled to be taking food competitions in a different direction. A passion for food starts in the family kitchen and this format will take us into homes up and down the country where we’ll meet Britain’s most passionate and exciting families of cooks.”

Sanjay Singhal says: “Our ambition is to create a feel good show full of character and warmth with authentic home cooking at its heart.”

The 12×60 minute series, The Big Family Cooking Challenge (working title) will bring cooking back into the home, as family teams of passionate amateurs battle it out for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best home cooks.

Staff Reporter

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