When The Great British Bake Off having upped sticks to Channel 4 the BBC quickly announced a new cooking show. Zoe Ball and former Bake Off contestant Nadiya Hussain have been announced as hosts of The Big Family Cooking Showdown which will air later in 2017. Renowned chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager will judge and crown the nation’s best family of cooks.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown is a major new competitive food show that meets a variety of families from across Britain. The 16 families will welcome Nadiya, Zoe, Giorgio and Rosemary into their own kitchens to whip up dishes using their favourite family recipes.
Over the 12×60 minute series judges Giorgio and Rosemary will set challenges in both the studio kitchen and home kitchens up and down the country, whittling down the teams of cooks through a series of challenges.
Nadiya Hussain says: “Family and food have always gone hand in hand and I’m looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part. Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I’ll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds!”
Zoe Ball says: “It’s time to celebrate passionate foodie families all over the country and this series will show us home cooking at its best, even if it’s using old pans and mismatched crockery! We’re meeting 16 very different families over the course of the show and witnessing their team dynamics. I’m not the world’s best cook as my kids will vouch but I’m learning so much from these families and from Nadiya! New recipes, top tips & some definite do’s and don’ts, I can’t wait to share this joyous celebration of family and cooking with everybody”
Giorgio Locatelli says: “I strongly believe that cooking at home is at the base of healthy family relationships. For Rosemary and I to be given the opportunity to taste people’s family dishes within their home is such an honour. I am looking forward to exploring people’s heritage through the dishes they prepare.”
Rosemary Shrager says: “It’s wonderful to be meeting families with their own recipes and to be judging good honest family food. I’m hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other’s faces. We’ll be searching for a household where food is at the heart of their family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.”
Patrick Holland says: “The Big Family Cooking Showdown promises to be a wonderfully big-hearted show celebrating the importance of food in family life. I am delighted that Zoe, Nadiya, Giorgio and Rosemary will be our hosts and judges for this great new competition format.”
The Big Family Cooking Showdown was previously announced under the working title The Big Family Cooking Challenge and is in now in production due to air in autumn 2017 and will be produced by London based independent production company Voltage TV. It was commissioned by Channel Controller, BBC Two, Patrick Holland and will be executive produced for the BBC by commissioning executive Catherine Catton. It will be executive produced by Voltage Chief Executive Sanjay Singhal and Kathleen Larkin.