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Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV -

BACK for a new se­ries, an­other ten tal­ented home cooks are putting their skills un­der the spot­light, in front of a trio of terrifying judges, to find out who will take the ti­tle of Best Home Cook in the land.

It’s once again pre­sented by Clau­dia Win­kle­man, who’ll be do­ing her best to keep things light and re­laxed, as the cooks face three tough chal­lenges to try and make it through.

Not an easy job, when those judges in­clude cook­ery leg­end Mary Berry, fruit and veg ex­pert Chris Bavin and – new for se­ries two – Miche­lin-starred chef ex­traor­di­naire An­gela Hart­nett.

In com­par­i­son to other shows such as MasterChef, this is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, with the cooks liv­ing along­side each other in a shared house dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Round one is Mary’s Ul­ti­mate, where the con­tes­tants must pro­duce their tried and tested food for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, serv­ing up their best dishes pos­si­ble.

To­day’s first chal­lenge is to make an Ul­ti­mate Ital­ian pasta din­ner – a pretty daunt­ing prospect when you’re cook­ing for Ital­ian cui­sine ex­pert An­gela.

Then it’s the Rus­tle Up chal­lenge, where they’re given one star in­gre­di­ent and have to think on their feet to rus­tle up a dish from scratch. Those who haven’t done enough to sail through to next week must face the Elim­i­na­tor, and per­fectly pre­pare one of An­gela’s own dishes.

This round is judged blind, and the cook who makes the judges’ least favourite ver­sion of the dish will be sent pack­ing.

Left to right: Chris Bavin, Mary Berry, Clau­dia Win­kle­man and An­gela Hart­nett will put hope­ful home cooks to the test

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