MTV’s two new interesting cooking competitions (also: virgins)

MTV has announced three new series, including two cooking competition shows and one show about virgins, and we’re not talking about olive oil–unless, I suppose, they’re into that. Even though cooking competitions are reaching the point of being overdone, one of these seems to present an interesting new twist.

Here are the three new shows’ descriptions from MTV, and some thoughts based on nothing more than those:

Untitled Virgins Project:

“This series follows the lives of young adults trying to maneuver the often tricky world of virginity which includes messy love lives, awkward parental sex talks, sexually active friends, and the pressure to give in to their temptations — all of which can make for a very tumultuous journey. Throughout each episode of this hour-long weekly show, MTV will explore the stories of different v-card-carrying cast members across the country, all dealing with the overwhelming question of keeping their virginity … or losing it. The series will be supported with informational resources from MTV’s Emmy and Peabody-winning ‘It’s Your (Sex) Life’ campaign, which empowers young people to make better decisions about their sexual health.”

Despite being about virgins and sex, this reminds me of MTV’s upcoming Generation Cryo, a docu-drama series about kids seeking their sperm donors. With both, I’m curious how much is producer set up, and how much is just whatever would be happening without cameras there.

MTV’s House of Food:

“In this drama-infused take on food TV, a group of young aspiring chefs with no formal culinary training are put to the ultimate challenge. MTV’s House of Food (working title) is a one hour, weekly docu-series that combines the exciting real-life competitive elements of culinary school, with the dramatic setting of a house reality show. The cast has been chosen for their passion for cooking and food culture, and their backgrounds are as varied as their personalities. With three of the country’s best chefs as their teachers and the gastronomically diverse city of Los Angeles as their classroom, this determined group will live together and learn together but only one will win an apprenticeship of a lifetime.”

I really like this idea, but I’ll be disappointed if it’s just The Real World with a cast job that involves cooking. I don’t expect it to be The Freshman Class, but I hope the cooking is the focus. Human drama is fine, but we don’t need another Real World. We don’t even need Real World.


“From the mind of Rob Dyrdek comes a new cooking competition show, which takes mundane munchies and elevates it to a fully baked art-form! Snackdown (working title) is a half hour strip, cooking competition show where a group of amateur chefs battle it out in an array of ‘snack’ inspired challenges. Host Eddie Huang brings his culinary skills and snack-expertise to help guide our contestants through these unique challenges. Then it’s up to our three judges to decide each amateur chef’s fate. The panel consists of supermodel and foodie fanatic Chrissy Teigen, master chef Jason Quinn, and a third judge TBA. The contestants are all vying for a cash prize, their recipe published in the Snackdown cookbook, and the coveted golden spork necklace!”

A half-hour cooking show that will air during the afternoon is intriguing, to say the least. I think this 100 percent comes down to the challenges, and whether or not the phrase “munchies” means what it often suggests.

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