The Big Family Cooking Showdown kicks off on Tuesday

The first episode of BBC2’s new cookery competition ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ will air on Tuesday August 15 at 8pm.

Presented by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball, the 12-part series will delve into kitchens across the country in search of the nation’s best family of cooks.

Judging the contestants’ efforts are cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager and Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli. The pair will set challenges in both the studio kitchen and home kitchens, whittling down 16 teams of cooks over eight heats, three semi-finals and one grand finale.

In each one-hour episode, two families (represented by three family members) will go head to head, tested by three rounds.

In the ‘£10 Challenge’, the teams must showcase their best effort to feed four with a budget of £10, within one hour and 15 minutes. In the ‘Home Visits Challenge’, the teams must cook a main course and a dessert within 90 minutes. In the ‘Impress the Neighbours Challenge’, the teams must create a starter and a main course within two hours and 15 minutes.

In episode one, the Marks family from west London go up against the Charles family from Yorkshire.

Commenting the show, the broadcaster said: ‘Will the Marks family impress the judges with their Scandinavian-inspired dishes or will the Charles’ food, influenced by far-flung holidays, wow them?

‘In the Marks’ kitchen, 86-year-old grandmother and former model Toren has a lust for life and rules the roost, but will her age-old family recipe for Swedish meatballs hit the mark? Betty is the boss in the Charles family, but will her decision to serve up a risotto to a Michelin-starred Italian chef pay off?’


‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ team (l-r): Giorgio Locatelli, Nadiya Hussain, Zoe Ball and Rosemary Shrager

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