The 20-part series, produced by Remarkable TV, will offer up fresh challenges to put the next generation of chefs through their culinary paces, offering a platform for them to showcase their culinary prowess against the clock. Chefs signed up for the series so far include Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh.
The broadcaster said: ‘The show will reflect contemporary food themes from cooking on budget to eating healthily, managing food waste and feeding the whole family, mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade.’
In every 45-minute episode, two contestants will each be paired up with a chef, going head-to-head in the newly designed ‘Ready Steady Cook’ kitchen. But in this new series, the chefs will face two different taste tests, with the clock always ticking.
In the first challenge, each contestant comes armed with their bag of ingredients, all bought within a £10 budget. They will have 20 minutes to create dishes ready to wow the studio audience. The revamped second challenge is even faster, as each pair has just 10 minutes to create yet more dishes – based on audience ingredients cards. And, in true ‘Ready Steady Cook’ tradition, the casting vote on the show’s winner will be left to the audience, who will have their say on the best dishes by voting with red tomato and green pepper voting cards.
Rylan said: “I’m so excited that ‘Ready Steady Cook’ is finally coming back to our screens. To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ I know how tough cooking under pressure can be. I’m sure that the mix of new challenges, fantastic chefs and enthusiastic cooks will be a recipe for success. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!”
Acting head of BBC Daytime Carla-Maria Lawson added: “’Ready Steady Cook’ is a celebration of the much loved BBC One Daytime show, reimagined for contemporary Britain. The premise of healthy, aspirational food being prepared against the clock will be familiar to the audience, as will the iconic red tomatoes and green peppers! This will be a series for the modern day, featuring a brigade of exciting new culinary talent – and with ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ finalist, Rylan at the helm, a teatime treat for a whole new generation of viewers.”
Kitty Walshe, joint managing director for Remarkable TV, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing back such an iconic favourite. ‘Ready Steady Cook’ was a staple ingredient of TV viewing for so many years and our refresh will bring it right up to date, while keeping the essence of the much-loved format. Rylan is the perfect host to bring the series back and the show promises to be the perfect mix of culinary inspiration and fantastic entertainment.”