Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge: Everything you need to know

The smash-hit chef is back with a new foodie TV programme in early 2020

Updated on 22 July 2019 • Written By Tonje Odegard

Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge: Everything you need to know

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has been keeping busy lately, what with his opening of Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia Hotel London last year, the successful completion of his star-studded foodie festival Pub in the Park in June, and now, a new TV programme for the BBC.

It’s not the first time the Michelin-starred chef has appeared on TV with his health-conscious approach to cooking. The Hand and Flowers chef (the Marlow-based gastro pub that has earned him two Michelin stars) already impressed the nation with his Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good programme in 2018, where he let viewers in on how he lost an incredible 12 stone through changing his diet and cutting out booze.

Tom Kerridge's new TV programme will air in early 2020, but his book launches in December 2019. Image: Cristian Barnett

A year after, he returned to screens with his Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start, where he embraced proper home cooking (still with a healthy focus). Now, in a new six-part series, the Gloucester-born chef is back, determined to shed more weight, after feeling the pounds creeping back on.

Explaining his reasons for embarking on the new TV series, Tom said: “I lost a load of weight a few years ago but lately I’ve seen it creeping back up. And I’m not as fit as I want to be at my age.  So I’ve set myself and a gang of volunteers a challenge for the TV series – to lose weight and get fit together.”

Tom Kerridge's smash-hit restaurant The Hand and Flowers in Marlow has earned him two Michelin stars

In the series, which will be a lot more personal than his previous programmes, Tom is returning to Gloucester, where he grew up, to speak to the family and friends who shaped his childhood. He has invited 11 volunteers to join him in losing weight on the show over the course of two months, through good cooking habits and exercise.      

He wants to show the nation that by avoiding boring and unappetising food (which he believes is the formula for failure), diet success is possible through easy-to-cook recipes. These include family favourites as well as crowd-pleasers that are packed with flavour and nutrition.

Tom Kerridge (right) alongside head chef Nick Beardshaw outsite Kerridge's Bar & Grill at the Corinthia

The diverse group of volunteers will include people ranging from the age of 20 to 60, all with different fitness goals. From losing weight after having a baby and being stronger and fitter for the sake of their children, to reducing high blood pressure and tackling diabetes, the programme will showcase different ways to diet.   

To correlate with people’s New Year’s resolutions of becoming healthier, the TV show will air in early 2020 and will follow the publication of the cookbook Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge: 100 high-flavour recipes for dieting and fitness, which launches in December 2019. Kerridge’s cookbooks (he published two alongside his other BBC programmes, too, among many others) have sold more than 1.3 million copies to date.

Kerridge's Bar & Grill received a Gold Award from SquareMeal – find out why here

Tom added: “For me, losing weight was less about reaching a target weight and more about getting fitter and healthier. I reckon that setting fitness goals alongside weight-loss goals is a win-win formula for lasting success – and here are the recipes to help you.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge

What is Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge about?

After losing more than 12 stone a few years ago, chef Tom Kerridge feels he has started putting on weight again and wants to tackle that with good eating and exercise habits. He has therefore invited 11 volunteers to join him in getting healthier and fitter – a two-month process that will be documented across six episodes in his new series.

The programme will also showcase nutrition-packed, yet indulgent, recipes for staying fit and healthy, which can all be viewed in his new cookbook, which is published in relation to the programme, Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge: 100 high-flavour recipes for dieting and fitness.   

When will Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge air?

To correlate with New Year’s resolutions of a healthier self, Tom Kerridge’s cookbook Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge: 100 high-flavour recipes for dieting and fitness will launch in December 2019 – perfect as a Christmas present – and the show Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge will be aired in early 2020, most likely January.    

What channel is Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge on?

The six-part series Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge will be aired on BBC2 across six weeks with one episode aired every week. The episodes will also be available on BBC’s iPlayer during the show and for a few weeks after it finishes. All of Tom Kerridge’s TV programmes have previously been aired on BBC2.  

Who is Tom Kerridge?

Tom Kerridge is a British Michelin-starred chef who has come to great fame both through his successful restaurants (he heads up Marlow-based gastro pub The Hand and Flowers that has two Michelin stars, as well as Tom Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia Hotel London), and his TV appearance (he has been a regular on BBC programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, Great British Menu and his own dedicated cooking programmes Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food and Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good).

On top of that, he has had great success with his Warwick-based foodie festival Pub in the Park, his regular column in the Sunday Times Magazine and his catering business LUSH by The Hand and Flowers, which he launched in April 2018.  

Tom Kerridge restaurants

Tom Kerridge has two main restaurants; the two Michelin-starred The Hand and Flowers in Marlow and Tom Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia Hotel London. He also owns The Coach in Marlow, which is run by head chef Tom De Keyser.  

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