Cooking competition show will blast entire meals into chef's faces with cannon

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Over the past 20 years, the food competition show has taken the gravitas-laden template ofIron Chefand frequently re-purposed it in service of escapist entertainment. Many of its present-day descendants will still teach you a few things along the way, but fromChoppedtoMasterCheftoGuy’s Grocery Games, accessibility is the foremost goal. By fusing the bombast of game shows with the educational value of a cooking series, food TV has found unprecedented success, along with an occasional penchant for truly absurd premises.

The latest example of the latter is the forthcoming streaming seriesDishmantled, a project created byChoppedexecutive producer Linda Lea and set to be hosted byUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidtstar Tituss Burgess. The series description fromDeadlinemakesDishmantledsound like a fake show featured in a movie or TV series, but we can assure you that it is very real:

“Hosted by Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They’ll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.”


Dishmantledwill premiere on the yet-to-be-launched streaming service Quibi, which is currently set for an April 2020 debut. And as high-concept gimmicks for food shows go, it’s certainly storming out of the gate with confidence—it feels as audacious as aJapanese game show. There’s so much streaming content to take in now, culinary and otherwise, that a series has to set itself apart from every other choice out there. If setting itself apart involves turning food into an aggressive projectile, that’s just the price of doing good business.