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FremantleMedia to dish out ‘My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours’ format

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia has cooked up an acquisition deal with Mandarina, which will see it take the global format rights (excluding Spain and Italy) to ‘My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours’.

The culinary game show sees comedy, clashes and kitchen calamities as two contestants accompanied by their mothers compete against one another for a tasty cash prize. Mandarina is successfully producing the format for Mediaset España (Spain).

‘My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours’ mixes food, competition and family dynamics in the ultimate recipe for success. The Spanish version of the show launched in March on Cuatro and will air 71 episodes in total.

The format takes a parent and their son or daughter into the kitchen studio to cook the best dish in a set amount of time against another parent/offspring duo, with the mother (or father) giving their child instructions from the sidelines on how to cook the recipe. With family relationships under the spotlight, ‘My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours’ provides an insight into what really happens in family kitchens throughout the nation. As the kitchen heats up, tempers soon start to boil over with hilarious results.

With the clock ticking, the contestant has to listen carefully to avoid a grilling, and if things start to go wrong the parents can push a ‘panic button’ which allows them to intervene, but it also eats into the team’s time allowance by making the time wind down twice as fast. Once the rival team has had their turn, a food critic blind tastes both dishes and judges them on taste, presentation and the use of ingredients. After giving an evaluation, the critic makes a decision and reveals which contestant’s ‘mom cooks better.’ The winning team also receives a cash prize and comes back to the next show to defend the title.

Fremantlemedia global acquisitions and development executive Levina Negi said, “My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours is a hilarious format. The simple concept of blending food, family relationships and a ticking clock makes for brilliant entertainment and cooks up a lot of laugh out loud moments. The format is ideal for all the family, works perfectly as a daily cooking gameshow and has all the potential to be a global hit.”

Mandarina head of entertainment Ángel Ayllón said, “When we develop formats we want to deliver genuine shows that connect with audiences and offer great entertainment. This is a fascinating show that will travel around the world with Fremantle, the perfect partner to take it into the international market. We are absolutely thrilled to share enthusiasm and belief that My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours has a globally universal appeal”.

Mediaset España content production director Leonardo Baltanás said, “This agreement will allow viewers in different countries to enjoy this original format which, like the best gastronomic delights, offers an attractive combination of ingredients: the fast pace and emotion akin to TV contests; humorous situations starring the contestants themselves, who have to prove their expertise over a hot stove while being guided by their mothers to prepare their top recipes in record time. The entertainment and educational side of the cooking show genre, which in this programme showcases the most traditional dishes: the recipes prepared by mothers for years which in many cases have been handed down from generation to generation.”