Natasha Leggero, who currently is hosting HGTV’s House Hunters: Comedians on Couches, has another show in the works. This time, she’s hosting a cooking competition.
TBS announced today that it has greenlit a ten episode competition series titled Rat in the Kitchen. Hosted by Leggero and judged by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre, “each stand-alone episode of the new unscripted series brings six different dynamic chefs together to compete in the ultimate cooking battle. But there’s a twist — one of the chefs is an undercover ‘rat in the kitchen’ who sabotages fellow contestants’ chances to take home the ultimate cash prize at every opportunity.” Basically, it’s a cooking show mixed with a whodunnit, where you as the viewer watched as the ‘rat’ in the kitchen tries to sabotage everything.
“Rat in the Kitchen is by far one of the most clever formats we’ve ever heard,” said Corie Henson, EVP/Head of Unscripted Development, TNT, TBS, truTV in a statement. “It combines innovative cooking and everything you love about your favorite food shows, with a healthy serving of classic true crime whodunnit. Plus, Natasha and Ludo are the perfect recipe for a good time.”
Thinkfactory, who is producing the show, CEO Adam Reed adds, “As a company with a history and ongoing focus on loud formats, ‘Rat’ checks all of the boxes for us. The series blends familiar elements from different beloved unscripted genres to create something wildly unique and fresh, yet simple and straightforward. With Natasha and Ludo at its center and vibrant personalities competing throughout, episodes will have viewers laughing, drooling over enticing dishes and cringing at the chefs’ glorious failures – all while obsessing over finding the ‘rat.’”
Joining the show as producers are Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Simon Thomas, Bernie Schaeffer and Kenny Rosen for ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media, and by Glenn Hugill for Possessed.