How Your Family Could End Up on Ayesha Curry’s ‘Family Food Fight’

We all know cooking competition shows have become a cottage industry, but not always done as a family-friendly concept. If you go by Gordon Ramsay‘s cooking competitions, you know the name of the game, as in occasional horror. Having a more family-friendly feel to cooking reality shows needs a renaissance considering this was once how people perceived the genre.

Enter Ayesha Curry as one of the producers of the new ABC show Family Food Fight. Thanks to her own empire of publishing books on cooking, it was inevitable she’d create a similar TV show.

FFF comes from Australia, however, but the American version is red, white, and blue all the way. This includes coaxing willing families to participate in the show. We’re about to show you how.

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Celebrating real home cooking

One of the great twists of Family Food Fight is the competition involves families rather than individuals. You can argue this is a better way to do a cooking competition show because it requires teamwork rather than individual pressure.

As we’ve seen with Gordon Ramsay’s shows, having individual chefs competing can become a torturous mind game to a point of near nervous breakdowns. It just takes away the true fun these shows can bring.

The other intention of FFF is to allow families to showcase their recipes they’ve had success with for years. You can’t participate unless you have recipes your family has successfully made many times before.

If you want to take part, the show does have some other specific rules to follow.

The essential rules for competing

Three key questions are asked by the show’s production team before you bother to apply:

Does your Italian Grandmother make every meal a feast? Can your Brother grill a mean filet?  Is your Greek Aunt the ultimate dinner party host?”  

In other words, you need to have cooking experience as a group, or at least through one individual in the family. We have a feeling some families may try to find their way in anyway, despite limited cooking experience. Then again, they may weed out those who fibbed on their applications.  

No doubt they’ll be getting many signing up because the show offers $100,000 to the winners. Keep in mind everyone participating has to be over 18 as of this coming September 1. The show also has one other important reminder before you decide to sign up your family.

Family consent

Yes, you do have to have consent from your family members before signing them up for the show. If you register without telling them, you’ll likely be disqualified.

It’s not hard to send a text or make a phone call to a family member to ask them in advance. Those of you that do might find out your mom or other relative has a great recipe they’ve used for years you never knew about.

All it takes is one brilliant recipe to impress the judges on FFF and make the entire competition a happy event rather than stressful experience.

Also know you can’t have been employed as a professional chef within the last seven years to qualify. You’ll understand why since this is supposed to be a competition for cooking amateurs.

The show is taking preregistration for future seasons

As of the moment, the show is done taking applications. They’re still accepting forms for a second season…assuming one occurs. Just go to the proper page to fill out the preregistration form.

Be sure to read more of the registration rules, because a few other exceptions apply.

Let’s hope this Americanized FFF reinvents the cooking competition show into one not leaving a sour aftertaste after leaving the reality show universe.