BBC Two reveals presenters and judges for new series Big Family Cooking Showdown

BBC Two has today (Friday March 3) announced that Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and TV presenter Zoe Ball will front a brand new series called ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ with chef Giorgio Locatelli and cook Rosemary Shrager as judges.

‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ is a major new competitive food show that features 16 families from across Britain. They welcome Nadiya, Zoe, Giorgio and Rosemary into their own kitchens to whip up dishes using their favourite family recipes.

Over 12 one-hour episodes, Giorgio and Rosemary will set challenges in both the studio kitchen and home kitchens, whittling down the teams of cooks through a series of challenges.

‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ was previously announced under the working title ‘The Big Family Cooking Challenge’ and is in now in production, due to air in the autumn.

It was commissioned by BBC Two channel controller Patrick Holland who said: “‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ promises to be a wonderfully big-hearted show celebrating the importance of food in family life. I’m delighted that Nadiya, Zoe, Giorgio and Rosemary will be our hosts and judges for this great new competition format.”

Nadiya 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.

“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.”

Zoe added: “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 but I’m learning so much from these families and from Nadiya: new recipes, top tips and some definite do’s and don’ts. I can’t wait to share this joyous celebration of family and cooking with everybody.”

Giorgio commented: “I strongly believe that cooking at home is at the base of healthy family relationships. For Rosemary and me to be given the opportunity to taste people’s family dishes in their homes is such an honour. I’m looking forward to exploring people’s heritage through the dishes they prepare.”

Rosemary Shrager concluded: “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 that 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 the family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.”


L-r: Giorgio Locatelli, Nadiya Hussain, Zoe Ball, Rosemary Shrager

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