Capitalizing on the current culinary competition trend, TV One presents “My Momma Throws Down,” premiering at 8 p.m., Friday May 4. From the makers of “Iron Chef America,” the fast-paced cooking contest, hosted by comedian and actor Ralph Harris, features “weekly face-offs between kitchen matriarchs to see who will be named the reigning queen of home cuisine.”
Each week, according to the network, two new mothers will compete head-to-head through two rounds to win cash and prizes. Backed by a “lively team of family supporters,” the mothers will demonstrate their skills in the kitchen, as they race against the clock to put their personal spin on classic dishes. A rotating panel of judges made up of celebrities and culinary experts, including James Beard and award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, decide each week which contestant deserves the bragging rights as “Top Momma.”
Other celebrity judges during the eight-episode run include Trina and Towanda Braxton; Grammy winner Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta; comedian Loni Love; actor Rockmond Dunbar; Grammy-winning songwriter Bryan Michael Cox and boxer/actor/model Ngo Okafor.
In the premiere episode, which repeats at 11 p.m., Momma’s Thea and Marilyn put their spin on squash casserole and two other delicious side dishes. Judging the first episode will be “Soul Food” sisters Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams and Vanessa Williams, who are joined by cookbook author Jessica Harris.
“At its core, ‘My Momma Throws Down’ is a true celebration of the matriarch of the family, placing her passion, skills, down-home expertise and reputation as a great cook on the line for all of America to witness,” said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas.