It’s official: 2020 is the year of the quirky cooking show.
First up is Andy Samberg’s newest project. The star of “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn 99” will be hosting and producing “Biggest Little Cook-Off,” which requires each of the two contestants to make one perfect bite of food. Yes, one bite.
“Can these highly skilled chefs make spaghetti and meatballs on a plate the size of a dime? Sushi on a single grain of rice?” reads a press release from the show, per Food & Wine. “Find out in ‘Biggest Little Cook-Off.'”
It was the ideal project for Samberg, who apparently loves tiny things. “Anyone who knows me knows I love dinky stuff,” he said. “So when this show about dinky food came my way I said, ‘I like the dinky food.’ I’m excited to bring my expertise in dinky things to the dinky cooking arena, and I’m also excited to bring a bag lunch, because the food is so dinky I’m for sure going to still be hungry after the shows.”
“Biggest Little Cook-Off “will air on Quibi, a brand new streaming service that launches April 6, 2020. The show certainly won’t be out of place; the entire platform will serve up bite-sized entertainment (Quibi is an amalgamation of “quick” and “bites”) designed to be watched on smartphones, with each program’s runtime allegedly no more than 10 minutes.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Quibi — led by DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman — will cost $5 with ads and $8 without.
Another cooking show coming to Quibi is “Dishmantled,” hosted by Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). The premise for this one is pretty messy: Two blindfolded chefs will be hit in the face by a “mystery dish,” which they will then have to recreate going only by the taste of what sticks to their skin.
But Quibi won’t be the only home for weird and wonderful cooking shows next year. A couple of weeks ago, Netflix announced that a new cooking competition will premiere in 2020. Produced in partnership with Channel 4 (home of “The Great British Bake Off”), “Crazy Delicious” will feature a trio of celebrity chef judges: two-time “Top Chef” contestant and cookbook author Carla Hall; Swedish chef and restaurant owner Niklas Ekstedt; and Heston Blumenthal, the Michelin-starred head of The Fat Duck.
However, they won’t be called judges on the show. Instead, they’ll be “Food Gods.” And that’s only the start of the crazy.
The set will be edible, including a drinkable brook, snackable flowers, chocolate soil and an “enchanted garden,” where the contestants might find some veggies to use in their culinary creations. Now that sounds like my kind of kitchen.
Tiny portions, food fights and chocolate soil — bring it on!