Fred Sirieix is to host a brand new Channel 4 series called Snackmasters.
The Renowned Maitre D’, known for his appearances on First Dates and First Dates Hotel, will set some of the country’s top chefs an extraordinary challenge
They must work out the secret recipes behind Britain’s best-loved snacks.
In each of the four episodes, two chefs will battle it out to see who can create the most perfect replica of one iconic snack.
They’ll be taking on the Kit Kat, a Snickers bar, the Burger King Whopper and a packet of Pickled Onion Monster Munch.
On completing their masterpieces, the chefs will bring their replicas to the very factories that mass-produce them, to be judged by the assembly-line workers and bosses behind the real thing.
Each week, the chefs’ culinary technical skills will be put to the test as they attempt to reverse engineer the snack, with the product’s published list of ingredients as their only clue. Meanwhile comedian Jayde Adams will go behind-the-scenes in these enormous factories to reveal the real processes that produce millions of the nation’s favourite treats.
In Fred’s opinion these are culinary works of art. After struggling to unlock their secrets, will the chefs agree?
Fred said: “I have worked with top chefs all my life. I know only too well how competitive and particular they are. But this is a challenge on a different scale. It is the defining moment of their career. Can they actually replicate a world-famous snack? How will they go about it? Believe me when I say this, these snacks are the hardest thing they ever had to make.”
Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, Alisa Pomeroy added: “We knew that the science behind Britain's favourite mass-produced snacks was fascinating, but none of us expected the chefs’ attempts to unlock it would be so funny. It’s a joy to see them enter so fully into the spirit of the challenge.”
An air date for the series is yet to be announced.