York’s best home cooks wanted as Channel 4 set to film new TV show in the city

24 Jan 2016 @ 5.15 pm
| Food & drink

Do you love cooking? And would you like to be on TV with a chance to win £10,000?

Channel 4 has commissioned a new cookery show hosted by former T4 and X Factor USA presenter Steve Jones – and producers want to film contestants in York.

My Kitchen Rules UK is based on the Australian series which is a huge hit Down Under.

The show is a home cooking competition where couples representing their home towns and local cuisine cook it out in a bid to win the £10,000 cash prize.

Each two-person team will create a pop-up restaurant in their homes hoping to impress the judges – and rival contestants.

Applicants have until February 28th to apply and they can do so by sending their name, contact number and age to [email protected]

And producers are “reaching out to the people of York in the hope that we can find foodie home cooks to champion the area in this exciting national competition”.

If you’re interested drop the producers a line: see the info panel.

‘Real people, really great food’

Aussie rules… Australian audiences love My Kitchen Rules
Aussie rules… Australian audiences love My Kitchen Rules

Described as “one of the biggest original non-scripted shows to emerge from Australia”, the UK version is made 7 Wonder Productions.

Channel 4 has commissioned a 30 programme run, to air in an early evening slot later this year.

Host and co-judge Steve Jones said: “This show is about real people making really great food; showcasing the very best of regional produce and pride in local dishes.

“Britain has got such a rich and diverse food heritage and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.”

Executive producer Eve Kay added:

Pop up restaurants are the latest addition to the UK’s ongoing food revolution and a brilliant way for amateur chefs to show off their cooking skills and passion for food.

An entertaining national competition pitching different regions against each other will bring out the best in British food and should discover exciting new food talent.

Aussie wonder

My Kitchen Rules is a smash in Australia and has run to six series so far.

Two celebrity chefs, Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, visit the contestants’ houses to taste the three-course meals they have cooked up. The rival contestants also judge the food.

If the contestants’ kitchens are too small for filming, they can cook at a friend’s house.

As the series goes on, couples are eliminated and the remaining contestants face a series of cookery challenges. In the last show finalists cook off against each other and the clock to claim a prize 250,000 Australian dollars.

The series is full of colour and controversy, and a big ratings winner. Producers of the UK version will be hoping it will be just as compelling.

C4’s entertainment commissioning editor Syeda Irtizaali commissioned the show. He said:

My Kitchen Rules UK will inject real glamour, entertainment and competitive edge into the world of Britain’s greatest home chefs as we ask, could you take the pressure of transforming your home into a five star restaurant for the night?”