The London rapper and DJ will be the face of Big Zuu’s Big Eats, which airs in 2020 and is produced by Boomerang.
The programme will see him cook for comedians as they tour the UK, with Rosie Jones and Desiree Burch among the comics set to appear.
Big Zuu said: “Having my own TV series is a dream come true. I’ve grown up obsessed with watching cooking programmes and making homemade food, so to now be able to do that on TV is a surreal feeling. I’m a massive fan of the channel Dave and I can’t wait to start filming!”
The show was commissioned by Natalie Rose, UKTV commissioning executive, alongside Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, Luke Hales, Dave channel director and Steve North, genre manager, comedy and entertainment.
Natalie Rose said: “Big Zuu is just the kind of extraordinary raw talent we’ve been looking for. Bags of charisma, effortless charm, infectious humour and true authenticity. As a touring artist, he acutely understands life on the road, and the instant gratification delicious food brings. All of which make his partnership with some of the UK’s finest comics that more exciting.”
Having my own TV series is a dream come true
Luke Hales added: “We are committed to experimenting with fresh formats at Dave and this really ticks the box. We have found a real talent in Big Zuu, he has bags of charm and humour and makes some of the most mouth-watering food I have ever seen on telly. This, coupled with some of the biggest and brightest names in comedy, makes for a really exciting show. I am so glad Natalie brought this one to us and so impressed with all the work she has done to get this one off the ground.”
Executve producer Sam Grace, director of programmes, Boomerang, commented: “Zuu is naturally funny and spontaneous and we know his favourite comedians will love him as much as we do! His cooking style and relaxed trademark narration will be perfect for Dave viewers, who might just pick up a few cooking tips too.”
Big Zuu releases music independently via his Big Zuu imprint. With more than one million Spotify streams, his biggest track is Tell Man Twice, from 2017. He has 294,485 monthly listeners on the platform. Big Zuu took part in Spotify’s Who We Be studio session earlier this year.