HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Get ready to chow down for a national TV show.
Just months after the Food Network came to Meridianville to make over a struggling restaurant, another film crew is coming here next week to make a pilot for a TV series.
They will be in Huntsville Aug. 24-26 to shoot footage a proposed food competition show called “Food Court Wars.”
“Food Court Wars” will pit two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs as they try to win their own food court outlet rent-free for a year.
“Each team will face challenges, and the team whose eatery makes the most profit wins the restaurant space,” associate producer Amy Stanford told The Times.
“This show is going to celebrate the local flavor of Huntsville, and we want to include the community as much as possible,” she added.
Because the producers expect an overwhelming response, they are setting up a system to manage public participation on filming dates. On Aug. 24-25, a Friday and Saturday, they are looking for a minimum number of people to take part.
On Sunday the 26th, Stanford said the “pivotal moment in the battle” will come as the teams open their eateries and try to out-earn each other to win the restaurant space. That Sunday is the public’s best chance to be involved in filming of the show, she said, and possibly eat the food prepared.
Show producers have not officially disclosed the mall location or the names of people who will be team competitors. (Hint: Madison Square has space available.)
Although Stanford stressed that this is not an official Food Network project, it appears that the pilot will be pitched to air on the popular channel. A pilot may or may not be picked up as a series.
Food Network officials earlier did announce an Alabama casting call for competitors in a show called “Food Court Wars.”
According to the original casting notice, that show is from executive producer Gordon Ramsay and will be hosted by Tyler Florence. Ramsay is not expected in Huntsville.
That online notice said the prize is worth $100,000, and that the concept must be “locally inspired.” Participants will be asked to have a business model in mind for the venture. They must be local and have a connection to Huntsville. The deadline to apply for teams was July 13.
Crews from the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” show gave The Main Dish a makeover in March, and reportedly were impressed with the Huntsville area’s enthusiasm and interest.