Prue Leith and Michael Caines join ‘My Kitchen Rules UK’

Channel 4 has announced the two co-hosts and judges for its new competitive daytime cooking series, ‘My Kitchen Rules UK’.

TV presenter and food writer Prue Leith and two-time Michelin star restaurateur Michael Caines and will judge amateur cooking duos, hoping to take home a top prize of £10,000 and prove that their home cooking is up to restaurant standard.

In the competitive elimination format, 16 pairs of amateur cooks will create pop-up restaurants in their own homes, where they will prepare a menu of dishes for Prue, Michael and their rival contestants to critique.

The series is based on the knock out success of Australia’s ‘My Kitchen Rules’, which holds the top spot as the country’s number one show on Seven Network.

Casting is currently underway for contestants from across the country to take part in the series, which will air this summer.

Executive producer Eve Kay commented: “Pop-up restaurants are the latest addition to the UK’s ongoing food revolution and a brilliant way for amateur chefs to show off their cooking skills and passion for food.

“An entertaining competition, pitching different regions against each other, will bring out the best in British food and should discover exciting new food talent. We’re on the hunt for home cooks passionate about their food. Right now we’re especially keen to hear from amateur cooks in Scotland.” Scottish foodies looking to take part can find the application form on the Channel 4 website.

The series has been commissioned by Syeda Irtizaali, commissioning editor, entertainment. It is set to air later this year. Syeda said: “We’re delighted to be bringing our own distinct version of this highly successful Australian series to Channel 4. ‘My Kitchen Rules UK’ will inject real glamour, entertainment and competitive edge into the world of Britain’s greatest home chefs, as we ask: ‘Could you take the pressure of transforming your home into a five star restaurant for the night?’”

It’s not the first time that ‘My Kitchen Rules’ has been on British TV. In 2014 Sky Living HD took on the show, fronted by celebrity Lorraine Pascale and chef Jason Atherton.

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