UKTV’s Watch Channel Orders Cruise Ship Cooking Series ‘Battlechefs’

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Watch Logo (New) [ALT]UKTV’s Watch channel has given the green-light to Battlechefs, a new ten episode cooking series which takes place on a cruise ship and features a range of amateur celebrity chefs Alex James, Keith Duffy and John Partridge. Battlechefs will premiere on Watch in 2016.

Battlechefs follows the chefs as they each assume the role as Head Chef and prepare a meal for the ship’s Captain and his VIP guests. Each episode will see the untrained chefs learn more about the various ports of call and the local food before they attempt to impress the Captain with their skills. The competitors will also help prepare the meal and will get a chance to score each other, while Marco Pierre White will serve as the judge.

The ten-part AFP series is being produced by Spark Media Partners in association with P&O Cruises, with filming taking place over two separate Mediterranean cruises on the company’s newly-launched flagship Britannia. The series was commissioned by Dave General Manage Steve North, while the brand partnership with P&O was brokered by UKTV’s Director of Commercial Partnerships Sally Quick, Spark Media Partner founders Mark Baker and Steve Havers, and P&O Cruises Marketing Director Christopher Edgington.

“Travel, food and competition come together in Battlechefs. It’s an energetic show which centres on challenge and good-hearted rivalry, so sits perfectly alongside Watch viewer favourites such as the hugely popular Masterchef Australia”, said UKTV Commissioning Editor Victoria Summer, who also serves as and executive producer.”Seeing whether our celebs can pull off the menus they’re given against the clock is going to be very entertaining.”

Notably, Battlechefs is the first AFP commission for Watch and comes at a time when UKTV is making a bis push in this direction. Earlier this year, the company commissioned three other AFP series: John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure for Good Food, Dave’s stunt series The Unbreakables and the third season of Crackanory, also for Dave. Battlechefs is the second recent commission featuring Marco Pierre White, who, alongside Melanie Sykes, is also fronting Watch’s Humble Pie.

“We’re very excited to be announcing our first advertiser-funded programme for Watch. We work within the commissioning team to keep the brands really close to the action of making brilliant, must-watch TV”, added UKTV’s Director of Commercial Partnerships Sally Quick. “We are delighted to be working with P&O Cruises and Spark Media on this project, they both really understand how to make great content.”