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BBC’s Big Family Cooking Showdown arrives in America today

The Big Family Cooking Showdown sounds like it could be the title of another generic Food Network show, but it’s not: it’s a new competition from the UK, and it’s debuting on Netflix today.

The BBC Two show is co-hosted by Nadiya Hussain, who won the sixth season of The Great British Bake-Off,  and this new competition retains some of that show’s flavor, based on clips I’ve watched.

It takes place in a barn, not a tent, and has a different structure: In the early episodes, two teams, each consisting of three family members, compete head to head in three challenges. The second round takes place in each family’s home, where they cook for the judges. The winner moves on to the semifinals; the losers do not.

The series just ended its run on BBC Two, having debuted in August, and now all 12 episodes are on Netflix, ready to be devoured this weekend.

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