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Family Food Fight: a new cooking competition on ABC, imported from Australia

Family Food Fight: a new cooking competition on ABC, imported from Australia
Ayesha Curry, host of ABC's Family Food Fight competition. (Photo by Mark Bourdillion/ABC)

ABC has ordered a U.S. version of an Australian cooking competition, Family Food Fight, which will have families cooking and competing against each other. Ayesha Curry will host and judge.

Curry co-hosted last season of The Great American Baking Show, which ABC pulled off the air after women who worked for judge Johnny Iuzzini said he harassed and assaulted them.

Eight families will compete for $100,000 with home-cooked meals, though ABC’s description, below, is not very specific about the format.

It’s based on an Australian series that aired on Nine, which described the reality show as a “head to head” competition in which:

“Families are set a variety of challenges in which they are tasked with cooking a range of family staples, an assortment of cuisines and all-time favourite feasts. The feel-good program celebrates the food we all love to eat at home. “

The show will start casting soon, and Endemol Shine North America is producing.

Here’s how ABC describes its version:

“Family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama. Tapping into each family’s uniquely diverse cultural heritage, along with their countless culinary influences, ‘Family Food Fight’ will take homestyle cooking to a new level as family recipes rich in tradition and shared over generations are put on display. Rather than five-star restaurant cuisine, the show will focus on relatable, yet aspirational, home-cooked meals, inspiring budding home cooks across the nation to don their aprons and get into the kitchen together.

With a mix of fast-paced cooking fun, heaping helpings of good humor and healthy rivalries, everyone will cook their hearts out as they strive to impress a panel of culinary experts including host and judge, Curry. Despite everyone’s delectable dishes, only one family will claim the coveted title of America’s No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize. An airdate and additional judges to be announced at a later date.”

By the way, while it sounds similar to this outstanding Netflix family cooking competition (the UK’s Big Family Cooking Showdown) it’s not related. The show first debuted in Australia last year and was not a ratings success, though it was renewed for a second season.

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