Monday 23 April 2018

Who needs Great British Bake Off? Rachel Allen bags another Channel 4 cookery show

Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen wasn't added to the menu for the Great British Bake Off judging panel, but she is getting her teeth stuck into Channel 4's other flagship culinary series, Kitchen Rules UK.

The renowned Ballymaloe chef will join Michelin-starred restaurateur Glynn Purnell on the second series of the show, which has undergone a revamp.

Based on an Australian format, it will see amateur chefs from across the UK transforming their houses into a restaurant for one evening only and then judging each other on the results.

Produced by 6 Wonder and named as one of the top shows Down Under, it's a huge coup for Rachel and will propel her on to primetime British TV.

She said that she was "delighted" to be co-hosting the second series of the show, which is screened in more than 160 countries.

"We'll be judging some of the UK's best home chefs, who think they've got what it takes to win the grand prize," she said.

There will also be a host of celebrity guest judges joining Rachel and Glynn during the course of the programme and giving their verdict on the contestants' food skills.

Glynn said he was "thrilled" to be working with Rachel on the programme and described her as a "highly respected culinary leading-lady".

There was disappointment for the married mum-of-three earlier this year after being invited to screen-test for the Great British Bake Off.

The rights to the former BBC show were bought by Channel 4 in a controversial multi-million euro deal last year.

But, while she missed out on the role to veteran TV cook Prue Leith, who was picked to co-present the show with Paul Hollywood, she obviously impressed station bosses enough to give her the other role.

Following on from the success of last year's inaugural 30-part run of Kitchen Rules, the second series will be extended by an additional 10 shows.

Aspiring chefs will be fighting it out to be crowned the champion and walk away with a tasty €11,700 prize, with enthusiastic amateurs being asked to apply now.

Rachel is also bringing out another cookbook and has opened up her first restaurant, Rachel's, in Cork city centre.


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