By Tim Kenneally
Mark Burnett has cooked up some business with TNT.
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The new series, which has received a 10-episode order, follows news of Burnett’s reality show, “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host,” which will premiere Oct. 22 on TNT sister network TBS.
“On the Menu” is being billed as “the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers at home the chance to taste the dishes they see on screen.”
Each episode will center on a different food business – ranging from restaurant chains and stadium concession stands to amusement parks and cruise lines. Home cooks will work with professional chefs to try and create that business’ next signature menu item.
“The winning dish will immediately go on the menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day,” TNT said in a statement.
“We are excited to offer the viewer at home a unique opportunity to actually be part of our series,” Burnett said of the project. “To be able to taste the winning dish the next day brings the series tangibly into the viewer’s own life experience.”
TNT and TBS senior vice president of unscripted development David Eilenberg called the new show “a terrific concept, bringing together home cooks, professional chefs and popular eateries together in a competition setting, then giving viewers the chance to taste the winning dishes themselves,” going on to enthuse about working with Burnett again.