First up, Gordon Ramsay – get the swear bleeper ready for daytime – gets back to basics and attempts to make good cooks out of us all in Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course.
Gordon says of the show, “Over the past 25 years I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best chefs in the world, from the amazing Roux brothers to Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon. I have travelled, opened restaurants from London to LA to the Middle East and earned a number of Michelin Stars. I now want to get back to basics – strip away all the complexity, all the hard graft and show you how to cook amazing food with ease at home. I want to give the home cook the confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking. Whether you love cooking already or you’re starting from scratch, this programme is all about simple, accessible modern recipes that still have an edge and will impress.
“The more you cook, the more confident you will become, and the more time you will want to spend in the kitchen. Good luck and most of all, enjoy it!”
Straight from the River Cottage farm, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sticks to the mantra that three is best in Hugh’s 3 Good Things.
Hugh’s tried and tested philosophy is that good things come in threes. All you need, he believes, is a trio of great ingredients to knock out the perfect plate of food, whether it’s sausages, mash and greens, or apricots, almonds and cream.
In each episode, Hugh will be joined by a guest chef straight from one of the country’s top restaurants – along with one of his trusty River Cottage team, Tim or Gill. The team will cook with three good things each day, including one fixed ingredient chosen by Hugh. What they each pair the fixed ingredient with is entirely up to them, as long as it’s in season. At the end of the episode, Hugh and his two guest chefs will have to put their efforts before an expert judge to see whose plate is voted the day’s best dish.
Hugh adds, “I want to set you off in a fresh creative direction, by showing you a pattern that underpins many well-loved dishes. Tomato, avocado and mozzarella; scallops, bacon and pea puree, rhubarb, crumble and custard…they all work, don’t they? This should come as no great surprise. After all, it’s no secret that three is a magic number, and all these dishes are, quite simply, three good things on a plate.”
And building on the huge success of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Jamie Oliver makes a triumphant return, taking fast food to a new level in Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals.
In his trademark down-to-earth style Jamie takes the audience through the dishes in real time, with ingredients easily available from supermarkets, using some key kitchen equipment and offering plenty of hints and tricks to help the aspiring home cook get something to the table that’s a cut above your average mid-week fare.
Jamie says, “We all want food that’s healthy, gorgeous and super quick, so I’m going to show you a whole new way to cook – amazing meals that you can do in just fifteen minutes, time saving tricks and multi-tasking to the max, you can create magic in the kitchen!
“We’re talking big flavours, fast. And these are great meals without the guilt – balanced, tasty and good for you – food that you can eat every day. It’s delicious, nutritious super-fast food. If you think you haven’t got time to cook, then think again!”
Channel 4 also have announced that their afternoon stalwarts will also return including Phil Spencer Secret Agent, Noel Edmonds and the Banker continue to test the nerves of contestants in Deal or No Deal, and Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley get the party-poppers out to see Countdown, Channel 4’s longest running programme, celebrate its 30th birthday in November.