Mary Berry will be joined by Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin. Together they will judge contestants on the competitive show which celebrates ‘truly exceptional home cooks’. Presented by Claudia Winkleman, the eight-part series is due to air later this year.
First announced last year, ‘Britain’s Best Cook’ will see 10 home cooks from across the country face a range of culinary challenges. Mary said: “It’s an absolute joy to be judging truly passionate home cooks with Dan and Chris. Like our contestants, we each have different backgrounds and ways of looking at food. I have to admit the boys have already taught me a thing or two!”
Dan is chef director of London restaurant Duck and Waffle. Known for his innovative, playful and indulgent cooking style, he recently released his second book focused on the recipes he cooks at home for family and friends. Dan commented: “Right now, British cuisine is more exciting and diverse than ever. We’re a nation of home cooks with different influences and hidden talents. In the competition I’m looking to discover which of our cooks has the technical ability and creative skill to deliver inspiring and inventive dishes.”
Former market trader Chris Bavin has worked in importing, wholesaling, retailing, food service and catering. He co-founded retail business The Naked Grocer and has fronted a range of TV shows including ‘Eat Well for Less’, ‘Tomorrow’s Food’, ‘Food: Truth or Scare’ and ‘The Truth about Meat’. He said: “I’ve spent 20 years in food produce and know that a good understanding of ingredients will be key to giving us delicious dishes. But just as important is the ability to adapt and be resourceful – anyone who cooks will know that in a kitchen, anything can happen!”
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, commented: “A delectable trio of cooking talent has been chosen to sit at the top table to judge ‘Britain’s Best Cook’. Head judge Mary will be joined by two new men in the kitchen to put our cooks to the test: Dan’s skills and creative flair, combined with Chris’ knowledge of family food, are set to spice things up on BBC One. And with Claudia presenting, keeping them all in check, the competition looks to be an unmissable treat for everyone.”