Double-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge will join BBC2’s ‘Food and Drink’ show in the New Year.
Taking the reins from Michel Roux Jnr, Tom will be sharing some of his favourite recipes and kitchen secrets in the 10-part series.
Suggesting a range of liquid accompaniments to complement Tom’s dishes will be wine expert Joe Wadsack, who has worked as a wine buyer and consultant for a number of leading supermarket chains. Previous TV roles include the wine expert on Channel 4’s ‘Richard and Judy’ as well as fronting his own series, ‘Great Wine Walks’, for UKTV’s Good Food Channel.
The show’s executive producer Robi Dutta said: “Tom is one of the most exciting food talents around – really knowledgeable, fantastic food and an all-round great guy. He’s really enthusiastic about getting stuck into ‘Food And Drink’ and moving it on. Both he and Joe will really build on the series as the place to talk about food and drink.”
Tom Kerridge added: “I felt very flattered when the BBC approached me about this show. I’m going to work hard to do them proud! I love to share my passion for food and am looking forward to getting people talking about something that is so close to my heart.”
‘Food And Drink’ will be back in January with an ‘entertaining, revamped’ format. Each episode will feature recipes cooked by Tom who will be joined in the kitchen by special guests including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the Hairy Bikers and Raymond Blanc. ‘Food And Drink’ will play host to debates and discussions from the world of gastronomy, and will showcase the hottest food trends – delivering news, views and consumer issues.
BBC commissioning editor for features Lindsay Bradbury said: “It’s an exciting time for ‘Food And Drink’. In Britain, we’ve never been more obsessed with food – and where it comes from – and we’ve got the stellar chef Tom Kerridge fronting the series. Together with the new drink expert Joe Wadsack, it promises to be a lively look at how and what we eat today.”