CAKE Lands Rights to Cooking Buddies


CAKE has picked up the international rights to Cooking Buddies, the first TV series from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s son Buddy Oliver.

The show sees kids join 13-year-old Buddy as he teaches them how to cook a simple meal, while guests teach Buddy a skill they are passionate about as well. CAKE will handle worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.K.

The show, which follows Buddy’s success on YouTube with his Cooking Buddies channel, will premiere in the U.K. on CBBC later this year.

Ed Galton, CEO of CAKE, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Buddy and the Jamie Oliver Group. We know how important cooking is in the mainstream and to kids and families around the world, and having Buddy introduce cooking to a global audience is a great way to get children interested in healthy food and encourage them to learn different skills in a unique and entertaining way.”

Zoë Collins, managing director of the Jamie Oliver Group, added: “I’m incredibly excited to bring Cooking Buddies to CBBC and international screens. Buddy has been sharing his passion for cooking for years through his digital videos and also when he comes in to cook at the Jamie Oliver HQ. It’s this passion for and knowledge about food that we really wanted to capture in this series. And, of course, there will be some surprise appearances from the rest of the Oliver family! The show will be packed full of delicious, nutritious and easy recipes that children will be able to cook at home, now and for life, supporting our mission to ensure that every child learns the basics of cooking.”

Sarah Muller, senior head of children’s commissioning (7-12) at BBC Children’s and Education, commented: “We’re leading the charge in children’s TV, commissioning brilliant shows like Cooking Buddies to bring young people and their families entertainment and education in all sorts of flavors! Cooking Buddies is all about exploring new hobbies with friends and embarking on a culinary adventure. It encourages young viewers to try new things and shows you can have a great time with each other while doing it!”