TV preview - Lorraine Pascale: How To Be A Better Cook

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When Ms Pascale first came on to our screens almost four years ago now, many of us questioned what this super-slim former world-class supermodel could possibly know about good, hearty food.

After all, Lorraine isn’t your typical chef - she doesn’t turn the air blue while barking out orders and she saunters around her kitchens with barely a hair out of place.

So actually, we were the ones left eating our words (pun intended) when, as it turned out, not only did she know rather a lot about home cooking, she could give Jamie Oliver a run for his money.

Yes, this lady is definitely a lot more than just a pretty face and after years of modelling and to-ing and fro-ing between jobs (which included hypnotherapy and trying her hand at being a mechanic), thank heavens she finally found her calling.

With the modelling - for the most part - in the past, thankfully for us she’s keen to demonstrate that cooking needn’t be a complicated, tie-yourself-up-in-knots affair. It’s easy - however, that needn’t mean it has to be simple-looking, and tonight, she returns for another culinary effort; this time with a six-part series, demonstrating a range of easy-to-follow recipes and simple culinary tips. It seems there’s hope for all of us yet.

Lorraine will be teaching six kitchen novices how to wow their friends and family at a surprise dinner party. From knocking up an easy family meal from scratch to creating posh canapes for a hen party, she is taking on the most amateur of cooks and teaching them the tips of the experts.

And there’s a lot of excitement around the show, with Lorraine explaining: “With this series, we want to make cooking accessible for everyone - no matter their experience level. I’ll be joining people in their own kitchens and showing them just how easy it is to whip up food that’s guaranteed to impress.”

In fact, Lorraine’s first protege is 52-year-old builder Tony, who has never cooked a dish in his life.

A three-course meal, then, might sound like a big challenge, but by the end of the show, he will have mastered a Mediterranean-inspired menu, which includes a grilled peach and burrata salad, and crispy salmon with polenta chips and grilled asparagus.

And just to top it all off, there will be a showstopping dessert.

Lorraine Pascale: How To Be A Better Cook, BBC2, Friday 8.30pm

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