New three part series The Best of British Takeaways premieres on Tuesday 14 March at 7.00pm on BBC Two.
We are a nation in love with takeaways. We spend six billion pounds on them every year and have more places serving them up than anywhere else in Europe. Brand new series The Best of British Takeaways is going to be celebrating our passion for them and the best of them.
Fronted by Cherry Healey and Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, each episode focuses on a different classic: fish and chips, Chinese and Indian. Cherry and Tom will look at the history behind them and three award-winning chefs will then take part in a contest to find out what makes the best British takeaway.
In episode one, Michelin star Chef Tom Kerridge travels the country to find out what makes the best fish and chips and the trade secrets behind them, leading him to one of Britain’s oldest fishing ports, Brixham Harbour. There, three of the Nation’s top chippies are invited to take part in a contest: each is passionate about their own style of cooking but they all have very different ideas about what makes the best fish and chips. For one it’s haddock and beef dripping, for another it’s cod, and for the third it’s a re-invention of the dish itself.
It’s down to Tom and his expert judge, fish restaurateur Mitch Tonks, to decide who makes the best takeaway on the day, while Cherry Healey discovers that the origins of our national dish aren’t actually British at all.
The Best Of British Takeaways Episode 1 (of 3) airs on Tuesday 14 March 2017 from 7.00pm-8.00pm on BBC Two.