The BBC has revealed details of a brand new BBC One daytime series featuring 16 Michelin starred chefs and home cooks.
In ‘The Big Chef Showdown’, the chefs will mentor home cooks to do battle in the kitchen.
Monday to Thursday sees a different chef put four home cooks through their paces in a series of challenges, with each day’s winner going forward to Friday’s final.
In the final, the four professional chefs will pair up with their winning home cooks to go head-to-head in the ultimate professional-amateur cooking showdown, with three-star Michelin chef Pierre Koffmann judging their final dishes. Only one duo will reign supreme each week and claim the title as champions of The Big Chef Showdown.
The show will be hosted by ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ contestant and ‘Emmerdale’ actress Sheree Murphy. She said: “I’m a huge foodie and a big fan of cooking shows, so to be hosting the series in the presence of these world class chefs every day is an amazing experience.”
Pierre Koffmann commented: “The professional chefs are at the forefront of gastronomy in the UK. This is a chance for home cooks to learn from the best in the business.”
The chefs involved are Aiden Byrne (The Church Green, Cheshire), Atul Kochhar (Benares, London), Bryn Williams (Porth Eirias, Denbigh), Frances Atkins (The Yorke Arms, North Yorkshire), Galton Blackiston (Morston Hall, Norfolk), Luke Tipping (Simpsons, Birmingham), Mary Ann Gilchrist (Carlton Riverside, Powys), Matt Gillan (The Pass, Sussex), Michael O’Hare (The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds), Nathan Outlaw (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall), Nigel Haworth (Northcote, Lancashire), Paul Ainsworth (Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Cornwall), Rupert Rowley (Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire), Ryan Simpson (Orwells, Oxfordshire), Stephen Terry (The Hardwick, Monmouthshire) and Theo Randall (InterContinental, London).
‘The Big Chef Showdown’ is filmed at the Cheshire Cookery School in Altrincham, and will arrive on BBC One daytime TV soon