Amazon Freevee has renewed the cooking competition series ‘America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation’ for a second season. The show, a spinoff of the PBS cooking series ‘America’s Test Kitchen,’ is led by showrunner Teri Weideman, with Jeannie Mai Jenkins serving as the host. The casting for the second installment is currently underway.
The first season of the show introduced eleven dedicated home cooks vying for an opportunity to become the host of ‘America’s Test Kitchen,’ a cookbook deal, and a substantial $100,000 prize. The pressure escalated as contestants faced diverse challenges, from creating elevated appetizers with frozen ingredients to crafting themed food boards and tackling classic dishes without essential elements. The competition tested their on-camera presence, baking skills, and global culinary inspirations.
The final stages of the season included repurposing failed dishes, upgrading classic ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ recipes, and a grand finale in which the top three home cooks showcased two dishes from their future cookbook, underwent professional photography, conducted on-camera demos, and pitched their case to the judges. The installment culminated with one triumphant home cook earning the opportunity of a lifetime.
Antoinette Johnson, emerging victorious in the inaugural season of ‘America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,’ won $100,000 and is now the upcoming author of the cookbook ‘Mostly Homemade from America’s Test Kitchen.’ Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, her culinary style combines elevated yet approachable recipes, occasionally paying homage to her southern roots. Antoinette, known for streamlining kitchen processes without compromising taste, also works as a social media branding consultant and content creator.
In the sophomore installment of the competition series, the viewers can anticipate a series of culinary journeys as a new group of aspiring home cooks will compete for the aforementioned prizes. The upcoming season promises to deliver even more intense challenges, testing contestants’ creativity and skills in the kitchen. From unconventional ingredient pairings to innovative food presentations, the competition is expected to push contestants to their limits. We may witness the contestants refining their on-camera presence and showcasing their global inspirations.
The judging panel in the series includes esteemed ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ veterans such as Dan Souza, Elle Simone, Jack Bishop, and Julia Collin Davison, who are expected to return to the sophomore installment. The first season also featured guest judges such as Claudette Zepeda, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Jamie Bissonnette, Karen Akunowicz, Kwame Onwuachi, and Nick DiGiovanni.