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Food Network orders second season of primetime competition 'Superchef Grudge Match'


Mon, Mar 20th 2023 03:30 pm

Darnell Ferguson-hosted series slated to return in 2024

Food Network has ordered an eight-episode, season two pickup of primetime series “Superchef Grudge Match,” it was announced by Betsy Ayala, head of content, food, Warner Bros. Discovery. In each episode, host Darnell Ferguson settles two long-standing personal and professional food feuds in one-round, one-dish winner-takes-all heavyweight battles.

The series has reached more than 8 million P2+ viewers to-date and is currently Food Network’s highest-rated freshman launch of the year, outperforming prior six-week timeslot benchmarks by 57% among P25-54 and 72% among W25-54.

Season two production is scheduled to begin later this year, with new episodes slated to premiere early 2024. “Superchef Grudge Match” currently airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Food Network and streaming on discovery+.

“Our viewers love seeing these chefs settle their real-life conflicts, and Darnell is the perfect host to lead all the action,” Ayala said. “ ‘Superchef Grudge Match’ has quickly become a fan favorite, and we are thrilled to announce more culinary feuds will be resolved in season two.”

Ferguson said, “Season one of ‘Superchef Grudge Match’ was an amazing experience and only just the beginning. I cannot wait to settle more food rivalries in season two.”

The food world is filled with rivalries and, on “Superchef Grudge Match,” host Ferguson stages battles between chefs who have beefs with each other to finally bury the hatchet and win $10,000 cash, a prized knife from the losing chef, and lifelong bragging rights over their food foe. From food competition rivalries and business partner squabbles to mentor vs. protégé grudges, sparks fly in and out of the kitchen in this one-hour series.

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