Channel 4's Come Dine With Me launching new spin-off show for professional chefs
Viewers of the original format are used to seeing amateur chefs battle it out over sunken soufflés and dodgy decor - but things are about to get much more serious.
Come Dine With Me: The Professionals will feature the best chefs in the business as they battle it out to be the named the best restaurant in town.
Producer Tim Carter, from MultiStory Media, said: “For 15 glorious years, we’ve been celebrating the culinary creations and epic fails that pour forth from the nation’s home kitchens.
"Now, as they recover from the battering of the last couple of years, Come Dine With Me cheers on Britain’s restaurants with its customary love note to gastronomic endeavour.”
The rules of the new show, which is still happily narrated by Dave Lamb, are simple.
Each episode will feature three local restaurants cooking up a storm to win - plus a cash prize to be shared among the staff.
Two people will represent each restaurant, for example the maître d and head chef, who will welcome their rivals as they hope to cook their way to a cash-win.
The dinner takes place during a regular evening at the restaurant, so competitors will have the chance to eye up the gaff's ambiance, food and service.
At the end of each meal, the visitors will score the evening out of 20.
A source told The Sun: “Viewers love the authenticity of the show, whether it’s a diner effing and blinding through a kitchen fail or when they struggle to contain their emotions following a loss.
"We expect less of that in The Professionals — but who knows?
“The stakes are higher as the venue’s reputation is on the line — and local rivalries may already exist.”
The Mirror has contacted reps for Come Dine With Me for comment.
Channel 4’s Head of Daytime and Features, Jo Street, said of the series: “Come Dine with Me continues to be one of Channel 4’s best loved programmes with many memorable dinners served all over the UK in over 2,000 episodes.
“CDWM: The Professionals promises to really raise the stakes and we’re delighted to dish up this new extension on Channel 4 in 2022 to complement existing favourites Come Dine with Me and Couples Come Dine with Me.”
Come Dine With Me: The Professionals will begin on Channel 4 and All 4 later this year.