Britain’s Best Cook: Everything you need to know about Mary Berry’s new BBC show

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  • Britain’s Best Cook will mark Mary Berry‘s return to judging a cookery show, after the Bake Off‘s move to Channel 4.

    If you’re missing Mary Berry’s witty remarks and hilarious innuendos as a Great British Bake Off, you’ll be thrilled to know she is making a return to judging a cookery competition.

    The BBC has announced the popular TV chef will judge their new show, Britain’s Best Cook, which aims to find the best amateur chefs in the land.

    ‘At a time when British cooking has never been more varied, inspiring or of such high quality, this series will test the real-life expertise of truly great home cooks and will celebrate the food people make for their loved ones every single day’, the BBC said.

    The show marks Mary’s return to the role of judge after GBBO’s move to Channel 4

    The former home of Bake Off also made it clear Mary Berry was always their preferred choice for lead judge: ‘Returning to her first love, with more than 75 cookery books to her name, Mary Berry’s authority in the home kitchen is beyond question and she is the natural choice for the lead judge.’

    Mary Berry, who’s recently had a cooking show on BBC2, didn’t hide how pleased she is to be back judging a cooking competition.

    ‘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’, she said.

    The 82-year-old also was also very happy with the BBC’s choice to have Claudia Winkleman present the show, adding: ‘Claudia, for me, is the icing on the cake.’

    What will Britain’s Best Cook be about?

    The new BBC show will consist of eight episodes, in which ten contestants will try to demonstrate their skills as cooks as well their individual flair – all whilst enduring a healthy dose of pressure of course.

    The Britain’s Best Cook hopefuls will be asked to make their own versions of the dishes that ‘define modern British home cooking’, and will also be asked to whip up their special take on well-loved classics.

    Mary Berry and another judge will be looking for dishes that ‘define a new benchmark of excellence’, with each challenge forcing the cooks to prove they’ve got the technical ability, resourcefulness and creativity needed to be crowned Britain’s Best Cook.

    Who will be Britain’s Best Cook judges?

    Mary Berry will of course be lead judge, but who will be her new ‘Paul’? The BBC has confirmed that they are one the lookout for a second judge… We can’t wait to know who it’ll be!

    Who will be Britain’s Best Cook presenters?

    Claudia Winkleman, who’s previously presented The Great British Sewing and Strictly, has been chosen by the BBC to present Britain’s Best Cook.

    ‘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,’ Claudia said of her new gig.

    When will Britain’s Best Cook air?

    Britain’s Best Cook will premiere on Thursday 3rd May, on BBC One.

    Are you excited to see Mary Berry back in judging hat? Let us know in the comments!