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MTV Eyes Food Competition Space With ‘Food School’

"Food School" calls for contestants to live under one roof and be mentored by culinary honchos

MTV could be the latest net to head to the kitchen with its reality fare.

A casting call has gone out for a food competition show titled “Food School” for MTV. Email states that the cabler and casting firm are “seeking aspiring chefs to fulfill a lifelong dream in the culinary arts that will lead to the job of a lifetime and launch a career of epic proportions.”

It continues: “We are seeking amateur chefs, bakers and cooking enthusiasts of all kinds (who are at least 18 years old), with the biggest personalities and a fierce appetite for competition, to live under one roof and be schooled in the most intensive and practical culinary training, with mentorship by legendary food masters.”

An MTV spokesperson confirmed to Variety, “‘Food School’ is currently in development for upcoming pilot consideration.”

Food Network, Bravo and Fox already have strong programming on-air in the food competition space. Recently, ABC entered the fray with “The Taste,” and NBC is cooking up a reality show hosted by Adam Richman titled “Food Fighters.” Esquire Network is trying its hand in edgier food competition, with male-skewing program “Knife Fight.”

MTV’s entrance into the space with “Food School” could mean, though, that the reality subgenre lands a youth-skewing cooking competition show, something that has yet to emerge in the space.

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