DRG is boarding The Brigade (formerly known as Kitchen Brigade). The company has taken international distribution rights, both finished programme and format, to the Jason Atherton fronted series from Expectation Factual that was recently commissioned by BBC Two.
The Brigade is built on the concept of ‘Brigade de Cuisine’, a 100-year-old hierarchical structure that forms the basis of restaurant kitchens throughout the world. In each episode the chefs will be trained and mentored by Jason Atherton as they travel to the heartland of the finest cooking destinations in Europe where they will have a week to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn the local cooking.
As the series progresses from country to country the challenges will get tougher and at the end of each week the Brigade will go head-to-head with a rival kitchen in a cook-off. Along the way, the brigade will live and work together as they attempt to demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques required by Jason’s exacting standards to keep their place in the face of stiff competition, at any time they can be replaced with a reserve Brigade member at Jason’s discretion. Under the guidance of Jason the brigade will aim to become a tight knit team capable of competing with the world’s best.
The Brigade was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Documentaries Clare Sillery. Expectation Factual are producing, with Graham Sherrington serving as the series producer and director. The executive producers are Colin Barr and Dominique Foster. The commissioning editors are Emily Smith and Clare Sillery. The series is set to air on BBC Two in 2019.
“The Brigade takes a factual entertainment framework and merges it with documentary-style story-telling. By combining this with a rich seam of cooking and travelogue, Expectation Factual has created a fresh, new contemporary cooking format”, said Dave Clarke, DRG’s Executive Vice-President of Content. “The intriguing series can readily play out in any territory and its raw energy, renegade spirit, transformative challenges and genuine insight to how kitchens work will appeal to broad audiences worldwide. We are extremely excited to be working with the talented team at Expectation Factual and can’t wait to bring The Brigade to the international market.”
While Alexia Edwards, Chief Operating Officer at Expectation, added: “The DRG team has a long-standing reputation for successfully representing food formats internationally and therefore readily understood our show and the opportunities it presents. We are delighted that The Brigade is in such good hands and we look forward to developing our relationship with DRG – and to seeing how The Brigade brand can develop – when the show officially launches in 2019.”