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 February 3

by Carolina

Ten household names are battling it out to decide who is the best home cook

From baking bread to leafing through recipe books and taking online cooking lessons, we’ve turned into a nation of budding chefs during the last year.

So it’s little wonder that cooking programmes have seen an increase in viewers, and there’s a brand new one on the BBC featuring a bunch of celebrities showing off their home cooking.

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But who’s on it and what can we expect? Here’s what we know.

What is Celebrity Best Home Cook?

Celebrity Best Home Cook features 10 household names who will be proving that they’ve got what it takes to be crowned the best home cook.

They are being given various challenges – from producing the ultimate home cooked meal, to rustling up a quick dinner from whatever ingredients are in the kitchen.

The judges then decide who stays and who goes and who is ultimately crowned Celebrity Best Home Cook.

The famous faces taking part in Celebrity Best Home Cook: Shobna Gulati, Desiree Burch, Gareth Thomas, Rachel Johnson, Ed Byrne, Tom Read Wilson, Karim Zeroual, Ed Balls, Ferne McCann, Ruth Madeley (Photo: Nicky Johnston/BBC/KEO Films)

Who are the celebrities taking part?

There are 10 famous faces competing to be the show’s winner from actors to broadcasters to sports stars.

Former TOWIE star Ferne McCann will join Celebs Go Dating receptionist Tom Read Wilson, while actor Ruth Madeley (Years and Years) will cook alongside Shobna Gulati, best known for her role as Sunita in Coronation Street.

The show also stars Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas, comedian Desiree Burch, ex-politician and broadcaster Ed Balls, TV presenter Karim Zeroual, comedian Ed Byrne and journalist Rachel Johnson.

Who are the judges?

Dame Mary Berry, well known cook and one of the original judges of The Great British Bake Off, will be casting her professional eye over every dish served up.

Speaking to What’s On TV, she said: “For me, a great celebrity home cook is someone who is passionate about cooking at home and maybe has a hidden talent! The celebrities should cook from the heart. And keep an eye on the time – if they don’t finish there is nothing for us judge!”

She will be joined by Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, a protégé of Gordon Ramsay who is now Chef Patron for Murano restaurant and Cafe Murano in St James’s and Covent Garden, London, Cucina Angelina in Courchevel, France and joint owner of Merchant’s Tavern in Shoreditch, London.

Judges Angela Hartnett, Chris Bavin and Mary Berry with presenter Claudia Winkleman (Photo: Nicky Johnston/BBC/KEO Films)

And completing the judges line-up is TV presenter and fresh produce importer Chris Pavin, best known for hosting Tomorrow’s Food and Eat Well For Less.

The show is presented by Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman.

What challenges do the celebrities cooks face?

There will be two rounds they have to pass in order to stay in the competition.

The first is Mary’s Ultimate challenge, where contestants serve up their tried and tested dishes for special occasions. 

Chris will then set them his Rustle Up challenge, where the celebrities are given one star ingredient and one hour to come up with a recipe.

And any of them who haven’t impressed after that will face Angela’s Eliminator round in which they have to follow one of her recipes to a tee.

The judges will then blind test the dishes to decide who stays and who goes.

Celebrity Best Home Cook started on Tuesday 26 January at 9pm on BBC One, and continues at the same time each week

Original posted at inews.co.uk

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