While "game designer" isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about comedians, it seemed like a logical next step for Kevin Reader and Joe Gennaro. They're both senior members of The Nerdologues, a group of comedians-turned-producers. For over eight years they've been dedicated to making silly and heartfelt stuff to delight people looking for a laugh.
Kevin used to be an archaeologist and Joe had dreams of becoming a monster truck driver, but they each found their way to comedy. Based in Chicago, they're known for producing live shows and podcasts, but realized that sometimes people want to more actively participate in the joke. That's where games come in.
Inspired by their shared joy in cooking competition and travel shows, the team created Competition Kitchen to let foodies and "chefs" at all levels compete to create winning meals at home—without wasted food or all the mess.