If the phrases ‘red tomato’ or ‘green pepper’ invoke a wave of nostalgia as you read them, we’ve got some very exciting news for you. BBC’s iconic daytime TV show Ready Steady Cook is getting a reboot, and will be back on our screens next year.
The fast-paced foodie gameshow made its debut in 1994 with Fern Britton at the helm, followed by Ainsley Harriott, who took over in 2000. Each episode saw two celebrity chefs battle it out to create the best meal from a bag of ingredients brought in by a member of the public, with no prior knowledge of what was inside – and it was seriously addictive viewing.
For its comeback, the format will remain similar, with two contestants paired up with chefs including Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh. in the new-look kitchen. First, they’ll have a bag of goods bought to a £10 budget, and just 20 minutes to whip up a delicious dish, but then in a second challenge the time is cut even further, with 10 minutes to make a creation with foods based on audience ingredients cards.
The BBC says that ‘the show will reflect contemporary food themes, from cooking on budget to eating healthily, managing food waste to feeding the whole family, mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade.’
And who better to oversee the new Ready Steady Cook than This Morning‘s Rylan Clark-Neal, who is also fronting a 2019 version of Supermarket Sweep in the coming months?
Confirming the news that he’d been asked to take on the role, Rylan said: ‘I’m so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens. To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege.
‘After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be. I’m sure that the mix of new challenges, fantastic chefs and enthusiastic cooks will be a recipe for success, maybe with the odd disaster! I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!’
Carla-Maria Lawson, Acting Head of BBC Daytime added: ‘Ready Steady Cook is a celebration of the much loved BBC One Daytime show, reimagined for contemporary Britain. The premise of healthy, aspirational food being prepared against the clock will be familiar to the audience, as will the iconic red tomatoes and green peppers!
‘This will be a series for the modern day featuring a brigade of exciting new culinary talent and with Celebrity MasterChef finalist, Rylan at the helm, a teatime treat for a whole new generation of viewers.’
Ready Steady Cook will return to BBC One in 2020.