Fam­ily Cook­ing Show­down

An­gel­lica Bell on team­ing up with top chef Tommy Banks for Fam­ily Cook­ing Show­down…

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Celebrity Masterchef 2017 win­ner An­gel­lica Bell and chef Tommy Banks are both pre­sen­ters and judges in this sec­ond se­ries. An­gel­lica tells us about the re­vamp…

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It’s all change when Fam­ily Cook­ing Show­down re­turns to BBC2 for a sec­ond se­ries this week, with a slight ti­tle tweak, a fresh line-up and a format makeover.

Food­ies will re­mem­ber Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hus­sain hosted the first run last year, with Rose­mary Shrager and Gior­gio Lo­catelli as judges. But this time, pre­sen­ter and Celebrity Masterchef 2017 win­ner An­gel­lica Bell and Miche­lin-starred chef Tommy Banks are tak­ing over as both hosts and judges.

TV Times called An­gel­lica, 42, to find out what else is cook­ing…

Tell us about all the changes… We’ve tweaked the show’s name, so it’s now called Fam­ily Cook­ing Show­down. It’s also go­ing to be shown over three weeks, rather than once a week, so the au­di­ence can re­ally buy into the fam­i­lies. The chal­lenges have changed, too. We didn’t want the fam­i­lies to pre­pare things they make all the time; we wanted to test their knowl­edge and how they are un­der pres­sure.

Did you have fun?

It was re­ally good. It was a bit scary at first but I got on re­ally well with the fam­i­lies. They were lovely peo­ple who just loved food.

How was pre­sent­ing with Tommy? He knows his stuff and it was re­ally good work­ing with him. Tommy’s an in­cred­i­ble chef and we found a good bal­ance to­gether.

Hav­ing taken part in Celebrity Masterchef, could you em­pathise with the con­tes­tants? I un­der­stand how it feels when you are cook­ing in that con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple are watch­ing you. It’s nerve-rack­ing. But what I ap­pre­ci­ated in Celebrity Masterchef was that John Torode and Gregg Wal­lace were al­ways hon­est. I still wanted to en­cour­age the fam­i­lies but I had to give an hon­est opin­ion. Tell us about the first con­tes­tants… The Pen­mans are a grand­mother and grand­daugh­ter and their close­ness brought me to tears. The grand­daugh­ter’s boyfriend is her right-hand man, so I would go home to Michael [An­gel­lica’s hus­band, pre­sen­ter

It was so friendly we had to keep say­ing “Come on, this is a com­pe­ti­tion!”

Michael Un­der­wood] and say to him, ‘Gosh, you re­ally could be a bit more like that!’ The Abim­bola-younges were hi­lar­i­ous, the Stones were re­ally pas­sion­ate about their ve­gan food, and the Whites were lovely. Ev­ery­one was so friendly that we had to keep say­ing, ‘Come on, guys, this is a com­pe­ti­tion!’

What chal­lenges do they face? There’s the ‘£10 chal­lenge’ again [where the teams must pre­pare two cour­ses to serve four on a bud­get], which was quite funny – some of them need to go back and do their maths GCSES! Then there’s the ‘favourite with a twist’, where they put their own spin on a clas­sic dish.

Are there any culi­nary dis­as­ters? Yes, plenty. There’s one in episode one that made my heart sink. I’d have cried if that hap­pened to me…

How has win­ning Celebrity Masterchef changed your life? Well, I never thought I’d host a cook­ing pro­gramme! I’ve just writ­ten a cook­book, too. The down­side, though, is I don’t get in­vited to any of my friends’ houses for din­ner any more!

First se­ries win­ners: The Gan­go­tra fam­ily

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