Food Network has announced that there’s a new show coming and it unites the pleasures of food with the excitement of traveling to Tuscany. Ciao House takes 10 up-and-coming chefs on the journey of a lifetime in the new primetime series hosted by network all-star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Tuscan-born Chef Gabriele Bertaccini.
Shot on-location in Italy, the series welcomes 10 rising culinary stars who will live together in a breathtaking Italian villa and compete against each other as individuals and in teams to prove their mastery of Italian cooking techniques and dishes.
From real-life nonnas showcasing how they make pasta from scratch to a lesson with the head butcher of a three centuries-old family butcher business, each challenge is accompanied by a local experience steeped in tradition.
As with most reality shows, there will be drama and angst as he competitors make alliances and manage rivalries as they pick their own teams and each week. Following an established model that guarantees clashes, the losing team must vote off one of their own. In the end, only the last chef standing wins the life-changing grand prize: an immersive culinary education across Italy, training with renowned Italian master chefs.
In the premiere episode, hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabriele Bertaccini – who also serve as judges – welcome 10 talented chefs to Ciao House. To start off the experience, each competitor must show Alex and Gabriele what Italian cuisine means to them by creating a dish that demonstrates who they are as a chef.
Two chefs receive a huge advantage going into the next round and one chef must say “ciao ciao” to the villa. The eight episodes will revolve around everything Tuscany, including three-course truffle and wine pairings and a visit to an Italian cheese cave. The finale will culminate in the creation of a wild boar dish (cinghiale) on Sunday, June 4th where Alex and Gabriele preside over a cooking duel to determine who wins the ultimate grand prize: an immersive culinary education across Italy, training with renowned Italian master chefs.
“’Ciao House’ fuses the beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany into a high-stakes competition,” Betsy Ayala, Warner Bros. Discovery’s head of food content, said. “These talented chefs must live together as a family in a jaw-dropping villa and simultaneously compete against each other for the prize of lifetime. It’s not just a battle of cooking skills: In ‘Ciao House,’ personal dynamics, loyalties and rivalries create the perfect storm to create one of our most exciting series to date.”
Ciao House premieres Sunday, April 16 at 9|8c.
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