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Sofia Vergara delivers long-awaited family news involving son Manolo – details

The America's Got Talent judge shares son Manolo with ex-husband Joe Gonzalez


Sofia Vergara and son Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara arrive at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
May 2, 2023
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Sofia Vergara and her son Manolo Gonzalez Vergara are bringing their mother-son dynamic to streaming TV with their latest professional collaboration.

It was revealed by Deadline that Roku has ordered a new cooking show which not only will be hosted by the aspiring actor but executive produced by his famous mom, 50.

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The show has tentatively been titled Celebrity Family Cook Off in which famous families will go up against each other in several cooking challenges for charity.

The synopsis reads: "In each episode, a food-loving celebrity and a family member face off against another celebrity family duo in a two-round battle, dinner followed by dessert. 

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"Each round of the competition will feature a culinary challenge inspired by a hit movie or television series. The winning celeb-family duo will receive a cash prize to donate to a charity of their choice."

Manolo will be joined by viral food-themed content creator Kalen Allen and chef Fariyal Abdullahi, the executive chef of New York's Hav & Mar.

Manolo Gonzalez Vergara and Sofia Vergara at the premiere of AT&T Hello Lab's "Guilty Party: History Of Lying"© Getty Images
Manolo and Sofia will collaborate on the show Celebrity Family Cook Off

The 31-year-old told the outlet: "We're so excited to be partnering with Roku to bring you a fun, new cooking competition! Working as a family is great and doing it in the spirit of giving back is even better."

This isn't the first time the mother-son duo have come together in a professional capacity, however, as Manolo made a cameo in his mother's 2015 film Hot Pursuit and was a member of the additional crew for an episode of Modern Family.

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Sofia shares Manolo with Joe Gonzalez, her ex-husband who was her high school sweetheart. They were married from 1991-1993. The America's Got Talent star has been married to fellow actor Joe Manganiello since 2015.

Manolo reacted to the news with excitement on his Instagram Stories, writing: "This will be fun," alongside a picture of the announcement, then sharing glimpses of filming for the upcoming Roku series.

Manolo Gonzalez Vergara sharing a glimpse of Celebrity Family Cook Off© Instagram
Manolo provided a glimpse of early filming for the show

Courtney White, a former Food Network exec who runs the production company behind the show, Butternut, said in a statement: "This show perfectly blends Sofia and Manolo's infectious love for family with their shared passion for food. 

"We think this series will be an absolute delight for viewers and a great addition to Roku's endless entertainment offerings."

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