Rylan Clark-Neal is bringing back Ready, Steady, Cook

The new series promises to tackle contemporary issues around food

Updated on 04 September 2019 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

Rylan Clark-Neal is bringing back Ready, Steady, Cook

Much-missed cookery programme Ready Steady Cook is coming back to television screens.

The new version of the daytime show will be fronted by television presenter and former X Factor contestant Rylan Clark-Neal and will tap into some of the current trends and issues surrounding food, such as healthy eating, cooking on a budget and managing food waste.

Chef Anna Haugh will be part of the show. She runs her own restaurant Myrtle in Chelsea.

The chefs who will feature on the show have also been revealed. Among those stepping up to the plate will be Mike Reid, who is the executive chef of M Restaurants, as well as Romy Gill (who recently closed her Bristol restaurant Romy’s Kitchen) and Anna Haugh, who oversees Myrtle in Chelsea.   

In each episode of the series, the chefs will face two different taste tests, where they are paired up with contestants who bring along a bag of ingredients which have all been purchased within a budget of only £10. The duos will then battle it out to create a dish using the ingredients in just 20 minutes, before the cooking time is slashed in half for the second round. 

Speaking about his appointment as host, Clarke-Neal said: "To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef, I know how tough cooking under pressure can be. I'm sure that the mix of new challenges, fantastic chefs and enthusiastic cooks will be a recipe for success, maybe with the odd disaster!"

M Restaurant's chef Mike Reid will be cooking up a storm on the show

It’s a busy time for Clarke-Neal, who was recently unveiled as the new host for ITV’s revived Supermarket Sweep, which will begin airing on ITV2 from Monday. The show initially ran from 1993 to 2001 and was hosted by television personality Dale Winton.

The original Ready Steady Cook ran for a mammoth 21 series before coming to an end in 2010. The show was originally hosted by Fern Britton from 1994 to 2000, before she stepped aside to let Ainsley Harriott take over presenting duties until the show’s end.

An official date for Ready Steady Cook’s return has not yet been revealed, but it is expected to air in 2020.

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