“Next Level Chef” heads to France after Kitchen Factory Productions acquires the French coordination rights for the cooking competition series.
The Kitchen Factory, which will produce the French version, announced the deal on Wednesday (October 19) along with chef Cyril Legnac, producer Mathieu Jean Toscani and Studio Ramsay Global, a joint production project created by British chef Gordon Ramsay worldwide production with FOX Entertainment. . (Pictured Ramsay above, left, with Lignac.)
The show format sees a three-story stage where each level features different cooking equipment and ingredients that reflect their environment. Competing chefs – consisting of experienced restaurant professionals, home chefs and even social media stars – must use their imaginations and unleash their creativity while keeping their cool as they attempt to climb from the challenging basement to the glittering summit.
The winner gets away with his culinary reputation as well with a cash prize of €250,000 ($244,000).
Produced by Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, and Matt Cahoun, “Next Level Chef” premiered in January and quickly became the season’s premiere debut in the 18-49 demographic. The second season is set to premiere on February 12, 2023 after the Super Bowl.
In the UK, ITV snatched the rights to the series earlier this summer.
“When we launched our first-ever Next Level Chef series in the US at the beginning of this year, the goal was for other broadcasters and international territories to learn about the truly original and epic format,” Ramsay said. “After the US, the UK has joined the podium and I am now delighted to see Kitchen Factory Productions possible to bring this great format to the French screen. ‘The Next Level Chefs’ is truly next-level everything and I look forward to seeing amazing Chef Cyril discover His stars are next-level.”
“The ‘New Generation’ cooking competition, embodied by my friend Gordon Ramsay, has been an undeniable success in the United States. I will be happy to introduce it to a French audience who remains fascinated by all the culinary offerings,” said Cyril Linnac, Chef and Co-Partner of Kitchen Factory Productions! “
Matteo Jean Toscani, co-producer of Kitchen Factory Produtions, added: “This acquisition is an important step in the development of Kitchen Factory Productions, the leading independent producer of culinary shows in France. As such, I’m sure Next Level Chef, will meet his audience, regardless of broadcast mode (linear or streaming). “
Fox created Studio Ramsay Global last year in what was said to be a nine-figure deal that included the acquisition of original Ramsay production company (launched in partnership with All3Media) Studio Ramsay.
In Fox’s Mipcom letter on Monday (October 17), Rob Wade (Fox Entertainment CEO), Fernado Szew (Fox Entertainment Global CEO) and Michael Thorne (Chief Entertainment) were open about the fact that they are in the French port city to make deals. Wade said he was looking for “smart, smart production deals,” adding frankly, “We have our checkbooks with us.”
With culinary shows like “The Great British Baking Show” and “Top Chef” showing no signs of abating, the French version of “Next Level Chef” is sure to be put up for international consumption by a banner. No wonder Fox came to Cannes armed with so much dough.