‘Jane the Virgin’ Narrator Joins Disney Plus’ ‘Foodtastic’ Series

“Jane the Virgin’s” Latin Lover narrator, the three-time Emmy-nominated voiceover veteran Anthony Mendez, will be taking his narrating talents over to Disney Plus for the new food art competition series “Foodtastic.”

Keke Palmer will host “Foodtastic,” where teams are challenged to create Disney-inspired works of culinary art. The show will push three teams of contestants to their creative limits in the kitchen, testing their ability to whip up whimsical and grandiose food sculptures made out of everything from cheese and butter to fruits and vegetables. The food artists’ completed masterpieces will be judged by design, technical skills and storyline, not by taste. Unused food from each competition won’t be wasted and will instead be donated to local food banks.

Mendez, who earned two of his three Emmy nods on “Jane the Virgin” (in 2015 and 2016), is expected to have some fun with Palmer and the contestants during his “Foodtastic” gig.

The 11-episode series is slated to premiere on Disney Plus later this year. New York’s City Cakes founder Benny Rivera and Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem will serve as judges on the show. Palmer, Josh Silberman, Sarah Happel Jackson and Endemol Shine North America’s Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman are executive producers.

Mendez is often called on for Hispanic-accented voice roles, or for edgier, hard-hitting sports narration, like for HBO’s “Sports Minute” and boxing promos for “Showtime.” He was nominated for a third Emmy in the Outstanding Narrator category in 2019 as a result of his work on PBS’s three-part docuseries, “Wonders of Mexico.” Mendez was recently part of Disney’s “Elena of Avalor” series starring Aimee Carrero.

“Foodtastic” is produced by Endemol Shine North America.

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