The Food Network, the international food and cooking programming network, has announced that the channel will produce a South African version of hit international show ‘Chopped’ for broadcast in Q2 2014. The Food Network is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), a leading developer of lifestyle content for television and the internet worldwide.
‘Chopped South Africa’ will follow the same format as the internationally acclaimed series. Each episode will feature four chefs tasked with turning a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. After each course, a contestant gets “chopped” until the last person standing claims victory with a cash prize of R40, 000.
The program will be presented by TV presenter Denvor Phokaners, and judges will include South African food celebrities Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana, David van Staden, Lindsay Venn, Rebecca Hurst and Reuben Riffel.
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content and Marketing at Scripps EMEA says he is thrilled that ‘Chopped South Africa’ is being produced to meet the needs of the local and passionate foodie scene. “Chopped is the most highly rated and popular series on Food Network in South Africa, and this new, local commission will give more than 40 home-grown chefs the chance to compete for victory in South Africa’s very own Chopped kitchen.”
The production company for ‘Chopped South Africa’ is Snelco Prod with Executive Producer, Sue Nell in association with Ukhamba Communications. The Director is Eugene Naidoo.
The production of ‘Chopped South Africa’ follows closely on the heels of the success of Food Network local commissions ‘Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco’, ‘Siba’s Table’ and ‘Reza’s African Kitchen’.