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Nine pins hopes for 2022 on snack food, crime and moving to the country

Channel Nine is hoping its new show Snackmasters will do for fast food what Lego Masters has done for the humble building block: tap into nostalgia and a staple of everyday life to create a show the whole family can connect with.

Based on a British format, the show was unveiled at the network’s upfront presentation on Wednesday and will screen later this year. Nine is the owner of this masthead.

Shot during lockdown, each episode pits two top professional chefs in a competition to recreate popular brand-name snacks, with only their tastebuds and instincts to guide them, before their efforts are judged by a panel of workers from the companies that make the foods.

Fast, food: Snackmasters co-hosts Scott Pickett and Poh Ling Yeow.Credit:Jessica Hromas/Nine

“Prior to working on this I’d never thought about how a Twistie is made,” says high-profile restaurateur Scott Pickett, who co-hosts the show with MasterChef fave Poh Ling Yeow. “It’s not chefs deconstructing it and doing a restaurant version; they’ve got to replicate it as closely as possible, and they can’t Google it. It’s hard.”

They do have three days to pull it off, though, which is surely plenty of time to make a Twistie. “It’s just enough,” Pickett says.

The line-up for Nine for 2022 will see established reality hits Married at First Sight, Lego Masters, Love Island and The Block return, plus new seasons of Beauty and the Geek and Celebrity Apprentice, both successful additions to the schedule this year.

New to the slate is Parental Guidance, in which different parenting styles will be put to the test by host Ally Langdon and parenting expert Dr Justin Coulston. “There’s a lot of heart, but it’s quite confronting as well,” says Nine program director Hamish Turner of the show, which was first flagged in late 2019 as Parent Jury, with former Supernanny Jo Frost slated to host. “With half of Australia in lockdown with kids at home it’s never been more challenging to be a parent.”

It’s not the only program that seems to have been commissioned under the influence of COVID-19, with four shows tapping into the upsurge in interest in living outside the capital cities.

Buying Byron is a real estate show that delves into the most expensive property market in the country, a locality that also happens to have one of the highest rates of homelessness as a result of the boom in property prices. Byron is also home to the next season of Love Island Australia.

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