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Dueling Chefs TV Show

Create a "Dueling Chefs" TV Show which pits multicultural chefs against each other to create healthier versions of traditional meals.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

Anyone from any culture who would like to learn how to make dishes from many cultures, but would like to learn healthier ways to make the traditional dishes. The competition between chefs makes it fun to watch and a companion website provides resources to inspire viewers to cook healthier meals.

The "Dueling Chefs" TV Show would pit different chefs against each other to create healthier versions of different traditional meals from varied cultures.  In addition to using healthier ingredients and cooking methods (baking instead of frying, for example), the chefs would be tasked with making recipes that are economical to make, so anyone could make the dishes at home independent of their income level.

Lots of different cuisines could be featured including Hispanic, Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Nepalese, various African cuisines, and even American Southern cooking.

A companion website and app would allow viewers to vote on their favorite chef, just as viewers vote on their favorite couple in "Dancing with the Stars".

The companion website and app would also allow viewers to comment on what type of cuisines they would like to see more of and even which dishes they would like to see revamped using healthy ingredients and cooking methods.

The website and app would include a log of recipes on the show as well as information on cooking methods and ingredient substitutions.  The website and app would also include a map to show where to buy healthier ingredients and the show could work with local stores, especially ethnic grocery stores, to supply healthier ingredients if they are not already available.  The local stores could advertise on the show.

Commercials which highlight foods that can be substituted to make a recipe healthier could provide revenue for the show as well as educate the public on easy ways to cook traditional recipes with healthier ingredients.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

Graphic designers and programmers to make the website and app a reality more quickly than I could do on my own.

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Does your idea currently have an Indiegogo campaign drafted?

  • No

Evaluation results

12 evaluations so far

1. Can you see this idea fitting into your daily life?

Yes, I think so - 25%

I'm not sure - 41.7%

No, I don't think so - 33.3%

2. Do you think this idea will help people lead healthier lives?

Yes, I think so - 41.7%

I'm not sure - 33.3%

No, I don't think so - 25%


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Hi, I really like your idea, and I'm wondering what recipes would be used. I think people would watch, but perhaps accompanying recipes would encourage people to be more involved, rather than watching. You would be balancing the entertainment value with the cooking demonstrations, and possibly providing recipes as well?

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