By Zach Johnson
This announcement ought to whet your appetite!
Keke Palmer has been tapped to host and executive produce Foodtastic, an unscripted build competition series for Disney+ where teams of contestants are challenged to create whimsical, larger-than-life, Disney-inspired works of art made out of all types of food—including everything from cheese and butter to fruits and vegetables! NYC’s City Cakes founder Chef Benny Rivera and FLOUR SHOP founder Amirah Kassem will be the judges. The 11-episode series started production this week and is slated to premiere later this year.
In each self-contained episode of Foodtastic, three teams of food artists will transform iconic characters into extravagant masterpieces that tell a story from Disney’s legendary IP. These food sculptures will be judged purely on their design, technical skills, and narrative, and not by taste. Unused food from each competition will be donated to local food banks.
Foodtastic is produced by Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Palmer, Josh Silberman, Sarah Happel Jackson and Endemol Shine North America’s Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, and Michael Heyerman will serve as executive producers on the upcoming series. Palmer, who hosted ABC’s GMA3: Strahan, Sarah and Keke, will also lend her voice to the new character Maya in the upcoming Disney+ series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.