BBC relaunches Ready Steady Cook with focus on sustainability
Staff Reporter | On 01, Jan 2020Reading time: 1 mins
BBC One is relaunching Ready Steady Cook this year with a focus on sustainability.
Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, the cooking show’s famous red tomato and green peppers plastic bags will be a thing of the past, with re-usable jute totes front and centre, alongside glass jars and bottles rather than single use plastic packaging.
Produced by Remarkable TV (part of EndemolShine UK), the new show will feature a diverse range of talent from the culinary world, with chefs including Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh. In every episode two contestants are each paired up with a chef, going head to head in the newly designed kitchen. But in this new series, the chefs will now face two different taste tests and the clock is always ticking.
In the first challenge, each contestant comes armed with their bag of ingredients, all bought within a £10 budget. They’ll have just 20 minutes to create delicious, surprising and inspiring dishes ready to wow the discerning studio audience. Wildcard ingredients will also introduce a surprise element, with the revamped second challenge giving each pair just 10 minutes to create something amazing based on audience ingredients cards. And, in Ready Steady tradition, the casting vote on the show’s winner will be left to the audience, who’ll decide with the familiar red tomato and green pepper voting cards.
More generally, the show will reflect contemporary food themes, from cooking on budget to eating healthily, managing food waste to feeding the whole family, mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade. Unused fruit/vegetables and non-perishable items will also be donated to a local food bank.