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Fox is heading into the kitchen without Gordon Ramsay. The network has ordered a season of celebrity cooking competition My Kitchen Rules, marking its first culinary foray without the reality mainstay.
Based on the Australian ratings juggernaut of the same name, My Kitchen Rules pits celebrity pairings against one another in a dinner party battle royale. Teams take turns hosting intimate shindigs in Hollywood homes, cooking for both their rivals and judges (restaurateurs and TV personalities Curtis Stone and Cat Cora). Escalating competition will eliminate a different duo until only one team remains.
My Kitchen Rules is the No. 1 entertainment program in Australia for five years running, its 2015 and 206 finales topping all other events on the calendar. Recent history has proven that kind of success is hard to duplicate in translation to U.S. audiences. The Great British Bake Off, which boasts similar ratings highs in the U.K., has been attempted by both CBS and ABC to lackluster results.
For the inaugural season, Fox has cast a lot of family members — with the teams consisting of ‘N Sync member Lance Bass and his mother, R&B siblings Brandy and Ray J, Andrew Dice Clay and wife Valerie Silverstein, Naomi Judd and husband Larry Strickland and reality star Brandi Glanville and her, to quote a press release, “best friend” Dean Sheremet. (The latter pair met when their respective ex-spouses, Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes, left them for each other.)
Behind the scenes, Fox has tapped Utopia and Dancing With the Stars veteran Conrad Green and Kenny Rosen as executive producers. Haling from Australia’s Seven Productions, it’s a rare foodie format that that doesn’t have Ramsay attached. The MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen executive producer and host currently has four series on the Fox airwaves.
This is not the first celebrity-focused food competition for Fox this year. Special MasterChef Celebrity Showdown aired in January. Expect more unscripted orders from Fox over the coming year. With American Idol now gone, the No. 3 network has quite a empty hours on the schedule to fill for the 2016-17 season.