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Ainsley Harriott Is Plotting The Return Of Ready Steady Cook

Ainsley Harriott Is Plotting The Return Of Ready Steady Cook

Some of you may only be familiar with Ainsley Harriott for his cous cous (which is very nice indeed) or his 'Why Hello Jill' viral moment, which is pretty sad considering he used to present a sick cooking show called Ready Steady Cook.

But it's actually not that sad at all because it might be making a come back and oh boy are you in for a treat.

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Here he is, Ainsley Harriott himself. Credit: PA
Here he is, Ainsley Harriott himself. Credit: PA

The 62-year-old host has been in talks with resident chef, James Martin, to bring the popular teatime show back to our screens, according to The Sun.

Ainsley told the publication: "Me and James have been discussing it recently, he is at the forefront of the production side of things, and he is saying that people are talking about it.

"Fingers crossed they go for it. It's a unique format and there's nothing else on TV quite like it - it's so easy for people to follow. Me and James would do it, along with a raft of new chefs."

TV chef James Martin during a cooking demonstration. Credit: PA
TV chef James Martin during a cooking demonstration. Credit: PA
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The BBC show began in 1994 with Fern Britton hosting before Harriott took over in 2000 for a decade. His reign saw longer episodes which extended to 45 minutes from their original 30 minutes.

Each day two members of the audience would provide two celebrity chefs - designated to a team called 'red tomato' or 'green pepper' - with a bag of ingredients (usually amounting to an impressive £5). It'll be interesting to see anyone manage that in 2019.

The chefs then had to prepare a meal with the contents of the bag which gave so much inspiration for those evenings when you really cba. But also, let's not forget that these guys are professional and highly-experienced in their field, and also had a kitchen full of 'basic ingredients'.

So Sheila from Skegness probably won't have the same success. But God loves a trier, gwarn Sheila.

TV chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson, gets gunged by fellow chef Ainsley Harriott. Credit: PA
TV chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson, gets gunged by fellow chef Ainsley Harriott. Credit: PA

The 'quickie bag' was added to the end of the show where the two chefs would describe what they would make and the studio's audience would vote using their red tomato and green pepper placards for which dish they wanted to see.

The winner would then have a measly 10 minutes to do just that. Which meant things usually got pretty tight timing-wise.

If you can't already tell from my enthusiasm, this is a great move for the BBC, imo. Do it, guys.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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