cooking shows

Prue Leith and Dr Rupy Aujla to Cook Clever and Waste Less in new Channel 4 series

The four-part series will serve up new ideas for meals and reducing food waste, helping our pockets and the planet.

In the UK, the equivalent of 1 in 6 shopping bags or 1 in 8 prepared meals end up in the bin, and most of this waste is destined for landfill or incineration. If this food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Hellmann’s will sponsor the series as part of their mission to enable British households to “make great taste and less waste,” highlighting the simple ways we can all make a difference.

Ready Steady Cook to return for a second series

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Ready Steady Cook made a return to screens in March after a 20-year break and will be back with 30 more episodes in 2021.

Rylan Clark-Neal will return to host and will be joined by chefs Mike Reid, Romy Gill MBE, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh, who will be racing against the clock to show off their cooking mastery.

Each episode will see two contestants, paired with a chef, compete against each other in the Ready Steady Cook kitchen.

Mary Berry returns with a brand new cooking show for BBC Two

Mary Berry (Credit: BBC)

The six-part series will see Berry show viewers easy to follow recipes so they can create the ultimate comfort foods from their homes.

Berry travels the UK and goes abroad, inspired by the people she meets and the food she tastes, giving viewers simple dishes to cook that will brighten their day.

Commissioned by Sidney Street, the series finished filming in January 2020 and a book of the same name will be published by BBC Books.

ITV commissions John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen for two more series

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode (Credit: ITV)

To adhere to social distancing rules, series four will be filmed later this month at the Television Centre Studios in London with a minimal crew and will air on ITV on Saturday mornings.

With restaurants closed and the lockdown still in place, people are cooking more than ever, and John and Lisa are here to help viewers with accessible, interesting and easy-to-make meal ideas for families.

Each episode has a different food theme and John and Lisa will use kitchen cupboard basics, which many people will already have, and offer at home hacks.

Channel 4 launches a new daily cooking show with Jamie Oliver

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On (credit: Channel 4)

In response to our unprecedented times, with so many staying at home, the show will see Jamie Oliver sharing easy-to-follow recipes, tips and hacks to create nutritious meals for the whole family.

Using kitchen staples, Jamie will show viewers how to make the most out of the ingredients they’ve got at home, whatever their budget.

From creative store-cupboard creations, to feasts drawn from frozen food, Jamie will be helping home cooks rustle up some delicious meals using simple ingredients.

Channel 4 recommissions Beat the Chef with a brand new format

Andi Oliver (Credit: Channel 4)

In the updated format, the show takes amateur cooks and pits them against award-winning chefs, Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs for whoever excels in the fast paced cook-offs.

In the first round of the competition, the contestants make their favourite recipe and the professional chefs create their own version of the contestant’s dish.

Both dishes are then blind taste tested by a jury and each vote a contestant wins from the jury is worth money that is added to their potential prize pot.

Nadiya Hussain to front two new BBC shows

Nadiya’s American Melting Pot

The former winner of The Great British Bake Off will travel to North America for her two-part documentary series Nadiya’s American Melting Pot.

Travelling to two of North America’s most diverse vibrant hubs, California and Louisiana, she hopes to discover how generations of immigrant communities have cultivated and adapted American cuisine.

ITV cooks up new Sunday morning shows

Nadia Sawalha in Loose Women Late: Girls Night Out (Credit: ITV)

Nadia’s Family Feasts

Presenter and actor Nadia Sawalha will get households ready for the busy weeks ahead with her family recipes in her new cooking series Nadia’s Family Feasts.

Sawalha, who won Celebrity MasterChef in 2009, will be joined by a guest chef each week and together they will cook breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Each episode will be themed around different cuisines including British, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern and North American.