Tuesday 20 March 2018

Nadiya Hussain: Tensions will rise in Big Family Cooking Showdown

The new show is thought to be the BBC’s rival to Bake Off.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown presenters and judges (BBC/Voltage TV Productions)
The Big Family Cooking Showdown presenters and judges (BBC/Voltage TV Productions)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has warned that tensions will rise in her new BBC programme where family members team up in the kitchen.

Alongside Zoe Ball, Hussain is presenting BBC Two’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown, which is thought to have been created by the broadcaster as a rival to Bake Off, which has switched to Channel 4.

The show will pit 16 families from around the UK against each other with challenges set in their kitchens at home and also at the programme’s studio.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown presenters and judges (BBC/Voltage TV Productions)

Two families, each represented by three members, will face off in the kitchen over three rounds in the hunt to find Britain’s best family of cooks.

Hussain said the competition is “not just about the food, but also about the dynamics of the family”.

She added: “And it’s not one person cooking, so it falls on everybody to have a role in the group and that’s really interesting to watch because it’s no different to most family homes when you’re all in the kitchen together.

“These are family members: you can see sometimes there is tension and sometimes they work really well together – but when you cook together you cook very differently.”

Nadiya Hussain (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Ball said the different styles each family imposed on recipes, depending on their backgrounds, was “fascinating”.

She added: “Seeing all these recipes that have gone back through the families, handed down and taught from generation to generation, adapted slightly as people are modernising them, and these are recipes that you’d never find in a cookbook.”

The competitors will be judged by TV cook Rosemary Shrager and Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown launches Tuesday August 15 at 8pm on BBC Two.

Channel 4’s Bake Off is yet to have a transmission date confirmed.

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