Rapidly rising culinary star Ayesha Curry continues her ascension: The cookbook author and meal kit empresario just snagged a new gig hosting a reality cooking competition series for ABC, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Curry will serve as both host and a judge and will also executive-produce the series, which is called Family Food Fight and is a spinoff of an Australian show by the same name that debuted last year. According to Australian production company Nine Entertainment, the original show features “diverse and multi-generational Australian families [going] head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges” to snag a hefty cash prize and the title of “Australia’s Greatest Food Family.”
It’s undoubtedly a welcome second chance at a network television hosting gig for the 29-year-old culinary force: She was set to co-host the network’s Great American Baking Show last winter, but ABC yanked the show off the air after just one episode following sexual misconduct allegations against judge Johnny Iuzzini. It’s not Curry’s first foray into TV, though: She also starred in Food Network’s Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, which debuted in 2016 and aired for two seasons.
Meanwhile, Curry is keeping plenty busy with International Smoke, the globally-influenced barbecue restaurant she runs with chef Michael Mina. International Smoke opened its first location in San Francisco in November 2017 and has since expanded to Houston, with outposts on their way to San Diego and Miami. At this point, Curry’s culinary connections are apparently so numerous that they’re hard to escape in the Bay Area: As her husband, Golden State Warrior point guard, Steph Curry prepares to battle it out in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, even his rivals can’t resist dining at restaurants with connections to Curry — LeBron James and a group of his fellow Cleveland Cavaliers were spotted dining at Mina’s sushi spot PABU last week.
• Ayesha Curry to Host ‘Family Food Fight’ for ABC [The Hollywood Reporter]