I have become a fan of a few Food Network shows. Most recently Chopped has caught my attention. On the show they challenge four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Generally they are not ingredients that would naturally go together. After each round (appetizer, entree and dessert) one chef gets "chopped" and obviously there is one winner at the end. Its a little more interesting than they typical cooking/food show. It even perked the interest of my sister who thinks cooking shows are boring!
I contacted The Food Network via their website because I have an idea for a new show. It is kind of a twist on Chopped, but makes it more usable in real life. The dishes on chopped are not usually ones that a viewer would make on their own.
I think alot of your viewers would relate to this predicament: Its 5pm and you haven't even thought about dinner yet, much less started it. So then comes the inevitable: "Mom, whats for dinner?"
You would put a couple of average moms in kitchens with limited ingredients and they would then have to cook dinner for a family of four (give or take) with only what they can find in the kitchen. There wouldn't necessarily be mandatory ingredients, they're just limited to what is in the kitchen. The judges would then be average kids and dads or even a whole family. You could have them judged on nutritional value, taste, appearance, kid friendliness, etc.
Having fun ideas (even if they never happen) Works For Me!! Anyway, if this idea ever actually became a show I would love to be on it! I'd love to hear what you all think! Thanks!!