Michael Buerk to host cookery show

BBC One has commissioned  a 15-part TV series entitled ‘Royal Recipes’, hosted by Michael Buerk.

The 45-minute programmes will see the journalist and newsreader visit the former Royal Palace, Audley End House, outside Saffron Walden in Essex.

He will be joined by top chefs, including Paul Ainsworth and Anna Haugh, to cook up royal food past and present.

Michael will also explore the recollections of Mildred Nicholls, a servant who worked in the royal kitchens more than 100 years ago.

Mildred recorded the recipes and methods for dishes prepared for the King and Queen, and now the Royal Archives has given Spun Gold access to this record of royal food at the turn of the century.

Inspired by the book, and other royal food through history, chefs will create favourite royal recipes past and present whilst Michael will add historical detail.

In addition, food historians will travel the length and breadth of Britain to reveal how royal food has shaped our nations’ tastes.

And a host of guest chefs, including some who have cooked for the royal family, will give an insight into favoured dishes and meet the people who supply food for the royal table.

Michael said: “I’ve always wanted to eat like a king so ‘Royal Recipes’ is a wonderful opportunity to do so. These days we’re all fascinated by food and by royalty. These programmes are an irresistible combination of both.”

The series was commissioned from Spun Gold by BBC commissioning editor Alex McLeod, who said: “This series is full of social history and fun anecdotes about the royals. It’s packed with recipes – most of which are worth making at home – so our viewers can actually eat like kings!”

Spun Gold creative director Dani Neumann said: “‘Royal Recipes’ tells the story of our nation’s food. What was eaten in the royal household gives us a fascinating insight into social history, and how food eaten by kings and queens sometimes shaped what ordinary people consumed.

“Michael’s innate thirst for knowledge and fascination with history brings life to Mildred’s very special menus from such a historic collection.”

‘Royal Recipes’ is due for transmission in early 2017.

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