Channel 4 Beefs up schedule with new cookery show pilot

Channel 4 says it is ‘set to showcase food television in a whole new light,’ with a new cookery show pilot called ‘BEEF’ which airs in February.

An ensemble cast of six UK chefs will ‘show how exciting cooking can get, once they down tools in their own kitchens and join forces in an after-hours supper club’. They will go head to head, taking on everyday ingredients – from chicken and beef to clams and rhubarb – and elevating them into ‘seriously special and inventive new dishes’ which viewers can replicate at home.

Viewers will also see the chefs introduce the most in-demand new ingredients, techniques and culinary trends; go behind the scenes of their respective workplaces; and travel across the country to celebrate local cuisines.

The chefs featured on the pilot show are Lee Tiernan (from the Black Axe Mangal restaurant in London), Elizabeth Allen (PIDGIN), Andrea Michelon (Ombra), James Cochran (RestaurantFIX), Alex Szrok (Hill and Szrok) and Imran Bashir (Elephant),

Filming will take place at the George Tavern in London’s East End. The whole event will be sound-tracked with live music and a DJ.

Channel 4 commissioning editor of features Kate Teckman said: “‘BEEF’ is cooking on television as you’ve never seen it. It’s going to get fiery, hot, and will ultimately be one delicious hour of television.”

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