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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