NADIYA HUSSAIN, a former winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, looks set for a face-off with her old show when she appears as host of a new cooking contest with the Yorkshire chef, Rosemary Shrager.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown is thought have been served up by the corporation as a rival to Bake Off when it returns to screens on Channel 4.
Hussain and Zoe Ball will search for the nation’s best family of cooks in the series, due to launch in the autumn on BBC2, with Ms Shrager as a judge.
Hussain was crowned Bake Off winner in 2015, while studying in Leeds for an Open University degree.
She said: “I’m looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part.
“Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I’ll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds.”
Ms Shrager added: “It’s wonderful to be meeting families with their own recipes and to be judging good honest family food.
“I’m hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other’s faces.
“We’ll be searching for a household where food is at the heart of their family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.”
Mr Shrager’s Yorkshire roots go back to her mother’s family, who owned Kirby Misperton Hall, which they sold and would later become Flamingo Land.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown will pit 16 families from around the UK against each other with challenges set in their own kitchens and in the studio.
Ball said the show would “celebrate passionate foodie families all over the country, even if it’s using old pans and mismatched crockery”.
The families will showcase their favourite home recipes during the 12-week series.
The Great British Bake Off, which was a ratings hit for BBC1, aired its final series with the broadcaster last year after being bought by Channel 4.