In the show, which made its debut on Channel 4 on Tuesday (June 6), the panel blind tests items from a typical shopping list and pits brands against each other to compile a guide to the best food and drink products available in Britain.
The broadcaster worked with Kantar World Panel (a company dealing in consumer knowledge and insights) to decide on the top selling products to put in front of the panel, from premium brands to own-label supermarket rivals.
Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr leads the team, which comprises French maître d’ Fred Sirieix, best known for appearing on ‘First Dates’; journalist, broadcaster and critic Jay Rayner; cook, bespoke baker, deli owner and ‘MasterChef’ finalist Stacie Stewart; and TV presenter Lucy Alexander, best known for co-presenting the property show ‘Homes under the Hammer’ (representing the ‘foodie mums’ of the UK).
In episode one, the team tested apple pie, Scotch whisky and lamb shanks. Plus, members of the public vote for the tastiest baked beans. The products selected were: Aunt Bessie’s bramley apple pie (frozen) and Marks & Spencer’s bramley apple pie (chilled), which were joint winners, Aberlour 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, COOK slow cooked lamb shank with red wine and rosemary jus (frozen), and Branston baked beans.
In episode two, which airs on Tuesday (June 13) from 8pm to 8.30pm, fresh tortelloni pasta, coffee and sausages come under scrutiny, along with cheese and onion crisps.
In episode three on Tuesday June 20 at the same time, the panel will choose between different brands of prawn cocktail, margherita pizza and vanilla ice cream. Plus, the public will taste test oven chips.
Still to come on the series are products including smoked salmon and chicken tikka masala.
L-R: Stacie Stewart, Fred Sirieix, Michel Roux Jr, Lucy Alexander, Jay Rayner
PHOTO: Series Photography Courtesy of Glenn Dearing Photography