Fronted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, the show marks the first time the format has been made for an American audience. Several editions have aired in the UK and an Australian version premiered earlier this year.
Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell commented of the commission: "A huge reality format that works great in other countries, plus Gordon Ramsay guarantees success. Gordon is like our CSI."
"This is a huge, nationwide search for the best amateur chef in America," said production house Reveille's Howard T. Owens. "It's about people who are lawyers, construction workers and stay-at-home mums but whose real passion is to make great food.
"This is their shot to prove they have what it takes."
The reality culinary programme will see contestants from around the country audition for the series by creating a dish for three judges. They may then earn places in the semi-finals, with the remaining players competing each week until a winner is crowned.
Fox has placed an initial order of between 12 and 15 episodes.