Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and DJ Zoe Ball have been announced as the hosts of the BBC’s newest cookery show – which will air later in the year.
Going directly up against Channel 4’s reincarnation of The Great British Bake Off – after they bought the format from the BBC last summer – the show has been titled The Big Family Cooking Showdown.
Throwing baking to the wayside and opening the spectrum up much wider, the latest foodie series will pit families against one another, rather than individuals, and feature all types of cooking methods.
They’ve turned up the heat: BBC announces new cooking show with Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball titled The Big Family Cooking Showdown to rival The Great British Bake Off… following its move to Channel 4
It will launch in the autumn on BBC Two and bring chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager in to judge.
Locatelli, 53, and Shrager, 66, are taking over from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and decide which families will be whittled down through a series of challenges.
Hussain, 32, has carved out a successful career in food programmes since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, and Ball is the annual face of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
The Chronicles Of Nadiya star Hussain said: ‘Family and food have always gone hand in hand and I’m looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part.
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‘Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I’ll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds.’
The Big Family Cooking Showdown, which was first announced last year under the working title The Big Family Cooking Challenge, will see 16 families from around the UK compete against each other with challenges set in their kitchens at home and at the programme’s studio.
Ball, 46, said: ‘It’s time to celebrate passionate foodie families all over the country and this series will show us home cooking at its best, even if it’s using old pans and mismatched crockery.
‘We’re meeting 16 very different families over the course of the show and witnessing their team dynamics.
‘I’m not the world’s best cook as my kids will vouch but I’m learning so much from these families and from Nadiya.’
The families taking part will showcase their favourite home recipes during the series which will have 12 one-hour episodes.
Locatelli said: ‘I strongly believe that cooking at home is at the base of healthy family relationships.
‘For Rosemary and I to be given the opportunity to taste people’s family dishes within their home is such an honour.
‘I am looking forward to exploring people’s heritage through the dishes they prepare.’
Shrager said: ‘It’s wonderful to be meeting families with their own recipes and to be judging good honest family food.
‘I’m hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other’s faces.
‘We’ll be searching for a household where food is at the heart of their family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.’
The big wigs at the BBC will surely be hoping they’re new show – which, in effect, is an expanded version of the Bake Off format – will become the nationally loved hit that its predecessor was.
A show insider said: ‘It is a warm, old-fashioned family entertainment show, but has a strong competitive element just like Bake Off.
‘And in the same way the Great British Bake Off was a slow-burner, so the hope is that this series goes to viewers’ hearts and becomes a hit.’
Channel 4’s version of The Great British Bake Off remains shrouded in mystery, with the likes of Prue Leith rumoured to be joining remaining judge Paul Hollywood on the show, in place of Mary Berry.
After the rival network bought the format for £25 million per year, Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins sensationally quit, pledging their allegiance to the BBC.
Hosts rumoured to be taking over from Mel & Sue include Davina McCall, Dawn French and Richard Ayoade.
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