Tom Kerridge hosts with experts Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona

Best In Shop: The Artisan Food Challenge

Distributor All3Media International
Producer Studio Lambert
Length 8 x 60 minutes
Broadcaster BBC2 (UK)

Artisanal formats are set to dominate Mipcom 2017 as a raft of producers and distributors strive to sell their most authentic factual entertainment ideas.

Gogglebox producer Studio Lambert is preparing to pitch Best In Shop: The Artisan Food Challenge to foreign broadcasters and international producers in Cannes.

In the eight-part show, commissioned by BBC head of popular factual and factual entertainment David Brindley for BBC2, amateur food producers make, promote and sell their wares, including home-brewed beers, handmade jams and exotic coffee beans.

In each episode, four contestants compete to sell their products in a shop in the Yorkshire Dales. Each hour-long episode will be given over to a particular type of product, with the winner in each category given the chance to stock the shop for a month.

The overall prize will be given to the producer judged to have done the best job of running the shop.

The show is exec produced by Studio Lambert creative director Tim Harcourt and Tom Garland, series edited by Gary Broadhurst and series produced by Zoe Page.

Harcourt tells Broadcast that the All3Media-backed firm was keen to develop a format that took advantage of the “artisan food revolution”.

He says there is just the right mix of “food porn” and interesting characters, including a recurring cast of locals popping in to buy the contestants’ wares.

The series is hosted by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge alongside two judges: food writer and restaurateur Nisha Katona and artisanal food expert Alison Swan Parente.

“Tom does a bit of presenting but he also speaks to all of the locals and teases out what they think. He’s perfect for it,” says Harcourt.

He says the mix of contestants, including a man and his cheese- producing goat, makes it stand out.

“There are a couple of hipsters on it but there’s also retired housewives and couples,” he adds.

Food formats have always travelled well internationally, from MasterChef to The Great British Bake Off, but Harcourt says Best In Shop has a slightly different flavour.

“It’s very different to other food competition; it’s more like The Apprentice with food.”

He believes Studio Lambert will be able to sell the format to a range of international broadcasters.

“The artisan food trend is big in Europe, perhaps even more so than in the UK, as well as in the US and Canada. This whole returning to artisan food products is something that is universal,” he says.

All3Media International has high hopes for the show, which will air in the UK in 2018.

The distributor is launching a handful of other non-scripted titles in Cannes, as well as several formats produced by Gordon Ramsay’s Studio Ramsay. The chef will be giving a keynote speech at the event.