Mary Berry back to judge a new TV cooking show

Marco Green
August 1, 2017

Britain's Best Cook, over eight episodes, will feature 10 contestants cooking "the most flawless version of dishes that define modern British home cooking, as well as create their special take on well-loved classics", the BBC says.

Berry became a national treasure thanks to Bake Off and, alongside hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, refused to move to Channel 4 when the broadcaster paid £75m for the rights to the show.

It was global news past year when Mary Berry announced plans to depart The Great British Bake Off, the BBC and PBS sensation (and arguably the kindest reality show on the planet). "This series is going to encourage proper home cooking which I have always championed and I can not wait to start".

Although the premiere date and time have yet to be announced, it is likely the new show will take over the Great British Baking Show's primetime slot.

Winkleman said: "I am over the moon to be part of this show".

She said recently that she loved judging and wanted to do it again, but couldn't bear the thought of doing so on a television show that might compete with The Great British Bake Off.

"Am slightly obsessed with Mary so will follow her around with my own moussaka for most of the filming".

The BBC is also launching The Big Family Cooking Showdown on BBC Two, hosted by Zoe Ball and Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain.

Contestants in her new show will be asked to serve "the most flawless version of dishes that define modern British home cooking" and "create their special take on well-loved classics" in an eight-part series.

Strictly Come Dancing host Winkleman will present the new series and the BBC has revealed the hunt is on for a second judge to join Berry on the panel. But, who will be Mary's judging partner? Her former co-judge, Paul Hollywood, will be part of the C4 program's team when it launches in the fall.

On Britain's Best Cook, Berry will work alongside another judge, though the person filling that role hasn't been named.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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