Eddie Huang, Snackmaster.
Photo: Melissa Hom
The channel that stopped playing music videos a long time ago has picked up two new food-related TV series: Snackdown, a competition show, comes courtesy of network regular Rob Dyrdek and will be hosted by Eddie Huang, with appearances from model Chrissy Teigen and Playground chef Jason Quinn. MTV’s House of Food, Variety reports, sounds a lot like it will combine Big Brother–level antics with a Top Chef gradual-elimination format. Because we’re living in a time when Jamie Oliver will soon be teaching adolescents how to make pasta primavera in the same Saturday morning time slot traditionally allocated to shows like Care Bears and some plucky 9-year-old aspiring chef gets to go on prime-time television and scream “Whip it! Whip like a man!” at some hapless other kid, all of this makes perfect sense.
The Baohaus chef’s Snackdown is billed as a half-hour-long show featuring “amateur chefs battling it out in an array of snack-inspired challenges for a cash prize and spot in the ‘Snackdown’ cookbook,” while House of Food is described as an hour-long show that “sends a group of aspiring young chefs to a house in Los Angeles where they will learn from noted culinary honchos and compete for the apprenticeship of a lifetime.” It’s likely the reality show is the same as Food School, which was announced earlier this spring. Casting directors for that show implored prospective cast members not only to “brag to us why you are the best cook out there,” but also solicited opinions on “finding that special someone,” naturally.
MTV Adds Reality Shows About Virgins, Cooking Competitions and More [Variety]
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