If you love kitchens, you’ll love cooking. And if you love cooking, you’re probably always looking for inspiration for delicious meals to create in your kitchen. And many people love cookery shows on TV and radio to help inspire them and be more experimental in the kitchen. So here’s our round-up of some of the best food and cookery shows in the UK.
Some might call this the ultimate cooking competition, a spin-off from the original MasterChef, where 20 famous faces compete against one another to win the ultimate cooking challenge. The judges are John Torode, an Australian celebrity chef, and Gregg Wallace, a former vegetable stall owner, who put the celebrity contestants through their culinary paces. Challenges include identifying mystery ingredients, cooking in top class restaurants, and catering for large numbers. Best of all, these celebrities are not known for their culinary ability… if they can do it, so can you! Due back on our screens in the autumn.
What better way to start your Saturday? Not many of us have time to cook properly during the week, but often make a bigger effort at the weekend. Saturday Kitchen offers us 90 minutes of live inspirational food and wine. It’s like flicking through a magazine! Every week there is a host chef, two guest chefs, a celebrity guest and a dash of BBC foodie archives. Airs Saturdays 10:00am.
Hell’s Kitchen hit our screens in 2004. Although there is no longer a UK version, it’s very popular in the US and can be seen on cable/satellite channels. This reality cookery show is hosted by the one and only Gordon Ramsay. Coming up for Season 17, it pitches teams of prospective chefs against each other to win sets of challenges. Using progressive elimination, the field is narrowed down over the series to the finale where two chefs are given the opportunity to develop their own menus and act as Head Chef over the former competitors. The prize is to work as a Head Chef or Executive Chef at a restaurant of Ramsay’s choosing, as well as a cash prize of $250,000.
The hairy duo hit our screens in 2006 with The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook. Their shows are a mix of cookery and travel, with most of the shows featuring their motorbikes. Their style is light, informative and peppered with banter. Recipes are easy to follow and the pair now have 21 cookbooks behind them!
Mary Berry is one of the best-known faces on Food TV; we especially know Mary from The Great British Bake Off. She has now written more than 70 cookbooks including Mary Berry Everyday to accompany her latest TV series. Everyday cooking is all about sharing your love of food with family and friends… just perfect for showing off your beautiful, new Schuller kitchen! That’s why we love this programme, because Mary encourages and shows us how to make everyday meals into something special.
BBC Radio 4
Currently airing every Saturday morning on BBC Radio 4, this programme is hosted by Jay Rayner. Members of the public can call/email to put questions before a panel of experts on all things food and cooking.
Presented by Sheila Dillon, this weekly programme focuses on food production, consumption and quality rather than recipes. It looks at the food industry from a macroscopic level.
So if you are inspired to be the next contestant on The Great British Bake Off and need a new kitchen to inspire you, visit our Hertfordshire/North London showroom for design ideas and to talk to our friendly advisors.