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Mipcom: Sony Preps BBQ Challenge Show ‘Grillmaster’

BBC nurtures grow-your-own format 'Grow Make Eat'

Sony Pictures Television will serve up cooking challenge format “Grillmaster” at TV mart Mipcom in Cannes, which runs Oct. 7-10.

SPT acquired the international format rights to “Grillmaster,” which launched on TV2 in Denmark and TV4 in Sweden this summer, from Nice Entertainment. The show was created by Nice’s production company Titan.

“Grillmaster” sees amateur chefs compete in a series of challenges in front of a panel of judges. The chefs showcase their BBQ grilling skills each week to win the prize of a publishing deal and the title of Grillmaster of the Year.

Meanwhile, SPT’s new in-house lifestyle format “Grow Make Eat” has won its first commission, with BBC Two, ahead of its international launch to buyers in Cannes. Created by Silver River Prods., part of SPT’s international production group, “Grow Make Eat” sees nine pairs of contestants compete to discover who has the greenest fingers in this test of horticultural know-how.

“Grow Make Eat” taps into the popularity of home growing as belts are tightened and consumer interest in where food originates gains momentum. Allocated an outside space ready for planting, contestants grow their own produce across one season. At the end of the season they compete in a series of challenges designed to test their skills, from growing the perfect vegetable and flower arranging to creating unique larder items and dishes from the produce they’ve grown.

Emma Willis, the BBC’s commissioning exec for docus, said: “We’re really excited about this fantastic new series which will tap into the wave of public interest in growing your own and home crafts from chutney making to floral arrangements. With the cost of living continuing to rise, it’s the perfect time to make the most of our gardens and allotments and get growing with a purpose.”

Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer, international production, SPT, said: “SPT’s factual formats take a different perspective so this new generation of food shows is taking it out of the kitchen to where it’s really hot. With both ‘Grillmaster’ and ‘Grow Make Eat,’ we’re reflecting the authentic passions of real people for the food they grow and make.”

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