BBC Two has handed out a second season renewal to restaurant investment series Million Pound Menu. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season.
“Million Pound Menu taps into a real world of wannabe entrepreneurs and life changing investments”, said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. “We saw enough from series one to know that this is a format that could really flourish on the channel.”
Hosted by Fred Sirieix, Million Pound Menu sees budding restauranteurs vying for life-changing sums of investments in the food concepts they believe will be the next big culinary hit. A select panel of industry experts battle it out to invest in the most exciting new food ideas they feel are most deserving of their money. The first season led to six different offers, including the one million pound backing of fine dining restaurant, Epoch.
“It is such a pleasure to be looking for the next set of operators for the new series of Million Pound Menu. Most people think money makes successful businesses”, said Fred Sirieix, who has over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, “This is not true. First you need a great idea, top notch business plan and, most importantly, a can-do attitude. Get those right and the money will follow. I can’t wait, this new series is going to be incredible!”
Million Pound Menu is produced by the Sony Pictures Television backed indie Electric Ray, whose co-MD Karl Warner recently exited to take up post as the first Controller of E4. The show’s second season was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment David Brindley. Meredith Chambers is the executive producer. “We have loved making Million Pound Menu and look forward to starting the search to find the top new restaurateurs of the future”, she said.