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Meet the contestants for BBC One’s Britain’s Best Home Cook

BBC One has revealed details of the 10 home cooks that will compete in ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’: a brand new show that begins on Thursday (May 3) from 8pm to 9pm on BBC One. The eight-part series is hosted by Claudia Winkleman and judged by celebrity cook Mary Berry, …

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Britain’s Best Home Cook starts this week

The search for ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’ begins on Thursday (May 3) from 8pm to 9pm on BBC One. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, this brand new cookery contest celebrating ‘truly exceptional’ home cooks will be judged by celebrity cook Mary Berry, fresh produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty. …

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John Lewis reveals top housewares choices for wedding gift lists

As the nation prepares to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, John Lewis has today (Monday April 30) published a report on the wedding trends of 2018. The department store group’s gift list service manager Tasneem Shafiq said: “We’ve analysed thousands of gift lists created in …

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Channel 4 confirms two new Jamie Oliver series

Channel 4 has released details of two new TV series presented by celebrity cook Jamie Oliver: ‘Jamie Cooks Italy’ and part two of ‘Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food’. The broadcaster said: ‘Great food in Italy isn’t about Michelin stars. It’s about traditional home cooking. So in ‘Jamie Cooks Italy’, Jamie …

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Loose’s Cookshop in Norwich set to close

Norfolk retailer Loose’s Cookshop will pull down the shutters at the end of June. Owners Bruce and Claire-Louise Crane said the closure of the award-winning housewares specialist on Red Lion Street in Norwich will coincide with the launch of their new online venture, which will trade under the name of The …

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BBQ season officially on the way as heatwave hits Britain

Last week’s mini-heatwave brought a boost to grocery retailers as shoppers stocked up on barbecue foods. Tesco BBQ meat range buyer Natalie Bastow said: “After months of rain this was the first real opportunity for Brits to get out into the garden and enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. …

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Brits prepare to go cleaning crazy for Spring

More than one in eight (13%) homeowners and renters are planning to spend at least one day on spring cleaning this year, according to research by appliance maker Vorwerk. As evenings get lighter, two-thirds (67%) of households will be gearing up for their big clean – with 45% reaching for …

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Online searches for smart home products soar

2018 will see a great rise of smart techology throughout the home, according to PriceSpy. The price and product comparison service, which is used by millions of consumers every month, has reported a ‘huge spike’ in searches for smart home technology. ‘Essential household items, that were never considered ‘smart’ before, …

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Exclusively Shows reveal seminar programme

Details have been revealed of a seminar programme planned for the upcoming co-located Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical shows. Owned and organised by Brooke House Exhibitions on behalf of BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), the shows will run on June 12 and June 13 at the Business Design Centre …

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Sainsbury’s trials delivery service by electric cargo bikes

Sainsbury’s is piloting a grocery delivery service by electric cargo bikes, in what it claims is a UK first. A fleet of five zero emission bikes are delivering up to 100 online orders a day to South London customers from the supermarket chain’s Streatham Common store. If successful, the trial …

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