Britain’s Best Home Cook - How does the show work? Who are the judges and presenters? When does it start?

The BBC has cooked up a new kitchen contest – here’s all you need to know about it.

Bake Off? What Bake Off? The BBC isn’t mourning the loss of its flagship TV contest any more as it bounces back with an all-new show.

Britain’s Best Home Cook introduces something completely different to the usual cookery show format as the 10 contestants will all move in together for the duration of the series.

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Find out all you need to know about the presenters, contestants and the prize by reading on.

When does Britain’s Best Home Cook start?

The programme began on Thursday, May 3 at 8pm on BBC One.

It will run for eight episodes over as many weeks.

Who has been eliminated so far?

Josie, Fiona and Q were the first three cooks voted off the show by the judges. 

What is Britain's Best Home Cook?

Like The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef, essentially Britain’s Best Home Cook pits a group of amateur cooking enthusiasts against each other over a series of food challenges to see whose kitchen skills are superior.

However, there are a few differences in the series that we’re promised will make it completely unlike anything else on the box.

First off, the 10 contestants will be living in a house together during the contest, which sounds like a version of Big Brother featuring the best menu ever. We can’t wait to see how tensions, or even romances, spill over as the cooks spend all their spare time in close proximity.

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But as the competition is a knock-out, the house will lose a member at the end of each week as someone goes home.

We’ll see the contestants tasked with recreating a perfect version of a British classic such as a roast dinner, putting their own special spin on a favourite dish, or creating a feast to wow the judges.

Each contestant will also bring with them some personal items from home to make their cooking station more like the kitchen that they’re used to cooking in.

Who are the judges and presenters?

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman will be presenting the series, with judging coming courtesy of original Bake Off queen Mary Berry, chef Dan Doherty and grocer Chris Bavin.

Mary, whose previous series have included Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites and Mary Berry Everyday, said: “I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on. This series is going to encourage proper home cooking which I have always championed and I cannot wait to start. Claudia, for me, is the icing on the cake.”

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Claudia added: “I am over the moon to be part of this show. Am slightly obsessed with Mary so will follow her around with my own moussaka for most of the filming. Apologies in advance.”

Dan Doherty is chef director at one of London’s most celebrated restaurants, Duck and Waffle, and grocer Chris is a former market trader whose TV work has included fronting Eat Well for Less.

Who are the contestants?

The show features a wide range of contestants, from a children’s A&E nurse to a maths teacher, a farmer and a wine consultant.

Cooks represent England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the youngest 27 years old and the eldest 59.

What they all have in common is a love of food and great cooking – but which of them will rise above the others to be crowned Britain’s Best Home Cook?

Episode 4 preview:

The search continues as Mary Berry, Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin put the remaining seven home cooks through the culinary wringer.

The cooks have to prepare their ultimate roast with a potato dish and at least two other vegetable accompaniments designed to showcase their personality. Civil servant Dipa tries out her unique spin on the traditional roast using spices, while Welsh mum of four Katie opts for an ox heart. Farmer Trevor cooks with one of his own reared flock, while maths teacher Philip makes yorkshire puds with rosemary.

Then it is the Cooks' Challenge, which tests the cooks' inventiveness and creativity with a key ingredient. The cooks with the most perfect roasts from challenge one are given the advantage by the judges - they will determine the key ingredient choice in the next round for everyone. This time, the choice is between cauliflower or crab. To make it harder, they have to decide without any prior knowledge of the other ingredients they will have in their kitchens. In one hour they must win over the trio of judges and avoid the elimination round. Based on their performance in these two challenges, the cooks face an anxious wait while the judges decide who is safely through to next week and who must cook again. The weaker cooks' place now rests on their ability to follow a recipe to the letter. The judges have chosen a challenging dessert that requires precision and skill.

Britain’s Best Home Cook airs Thursdays at 8pm on BBC One.

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