BBC Two orders second helping of Million Pound Menu
James R | On 09, Jul 2018
BBC Two has ordered a second helping of restaurant business show Million Pound Menu.
General manager Fred Sirieix will return to host, as once again, budding restaurateurs will vie for life-changing sums of investments in the food concepts they believe will be the next big culinary hit. A select panel of industry experts will battle it out to invest in the most exciting new food ideas they feel are most deserving of their money.
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “Million Pound Menu taps into a real world of wannabe entrepreneurs and life changing investments. We saw enough from series one to know that this is a format that could really flourish on the channel.”
“Combining Bake Off’s fun of amateur cooking with the thrill of seeing start-ups climb the business ladder, the result is a tasty bit of reality TV that’s just different enough to stand out on the weeknight menu,” we wrote in our review of Season 1.
That run led to six different offers, including the one million pound backing of fine dining restaurant Epoch.
With over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, Sirieix says: “It is such a pleasure to be looking for the next set of operators for the new series of Million Pound Menu. Most people think money makes successful businesses. This is not true. First you need a great idea, top notch business plan and, most importantly, a can-do attitude. Get those right and the money will follow. I can’t wait, this new series is going to be incredible!”
The order was made by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backed Electric Ray, and the executive producer is Meredith Chambers. Mark Leslie is the Series Editor, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Michael Jochnowitz.