Celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale is back on the box next week, with a new BBC2 prime time cookery series and accompanying book.
The first episode of Fast, Fresh And Easy Food will air on Monday August 13 at 8.30pm. Inspired by the dilemma faced by families every day of ‘What on earth to have for dinner?’ the former supermodel cooks up recipes that are ‘quick, simple, nutritious and delicious’ during the six-part series. The focus is on convenient foods such as chicken breast, lamb and pork chops, fish and minced beef or lamb.
A book called ‘Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’ will be released to coincide with the series. Published by HarperCollins on August 13, it contains a collection of 100 recipes that are described as ‘wonderfully quick and easy to make and bursting with fresh ingredients’.
“I really wanted to create something a bit different for this book to make it even better than my last two,” Lorraine said. “As well as the usual tasty sweet snacks, cakes and other gourmet bites, I wanted ‘Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’ to become the book you go to every day for dinner, lunch and everything in between.”
Lorraine’s cookery career is going from strength to strength. After several years in the modelling business, Lorraine Pascale decided to look for a new passion and enrolled to study for the year-long Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine. She then did a two-year foundation degree in International Culinary Arts in Pastry and worked in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, including Petrus, The Mandarin Oriental, Gilgamesh and The Wolseley, later starting her own business making celebration cakes.
A long held dream was realised with her first TV cookery series ‘Baking Made Easy’ launched as a prime time TV show on BBC Two. Viewers saw Lorrraine discuss her love of good food, while preparing a wide selection of recipes and talking about her love of baking. The book launched alongside the show shot straight to the top of Amazon’s Food & Drink bestsellers list.
Her second series, ‘Home Cooking Made Easy’, was a huge hit for BBC 2 and like its predecessor, ‘Baking Made Easy’, has been sold internationally to territories as far as Australia and South Africa. The tie-in book, ‘Home Cooking Made Easy’, was another smash hit.
Lorraine has just completed a degree in Culinary Arts Management, encompassing international gastronomy, food policy and micro-biology, which she passed with First Class Honours.