FOX has bought a “soapy” drama pitch from Empire co-executive producer Ingrid Escajeda and Sang Yoon, celebrity chef. Deadline reports that On The Line is inspired by Yoon’s chef/owner experience at Lukshon (his South-East Asian restaurant) and his Father’s Office gastropubs. Art imitates life — with a twist. On The Line‘s protagonist is a female chef, Juna Kim.
[Kim is] a man-izing, motorcycle-riding force of nature who must battle the “banging and brawling” chaos of her restaurant staff, the disdain of her old-school Korean parents, and the return of her estranged ex-husband, all while struggling to push her career beyond the famous burger that made her a star.
Escajeda, who inked her two-year deal with 20th TV in April, when she joined the studio’s soapy music biz smash Empire, will write and executive produce this one. Yoon will be a nonwriting executive producer.
You might recognize Yoon as a contestant on season five of Bravo‘s Top Chef Masters. Per Deadline, he plans on opening a Napa Valley eatery in 2016. Raise your hand if you (too) suddenly find yourself famished.