Now, at first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that BBC’s new Britain’s Best Home Cook was copying the exact premise – after all they both feature a number of home cooks turned aspiring foodies battling it out against one another to be crowned series champion. I certainly fell under that presumption and it wasn’t until I delved deeper into the programme that it became clear what distinguished the show from its elitist counterpart.
Essentially the show is a water-downed, lower stakes version of Masterchef however the emphasis placed on home cooking really comes to the fore with the contestants living and competing with each other, under one roof. Claudia Winkleman hosts the BBC’s newest pseudo-Masterchef style home cooking competition and is joined by judges for the series; Mary Berry, Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin.
This week, in the show’s pilot episode, we meet the 10 hopeful home cooks who are then immediately put through their paces with 2 opening day challenges. The first of the challenges tasks the contestants with making the ultimate burger which showcases their cultural identities and personalities; we see Welsh rarebit, Nigerian Spiced beef and Indian-inspired patties to name but a few. Following this the cooks are then tested to create either a dessert or savoury dish using a key ingredient chosen by the winners of the previous challenge. After the judges have finished sampling the food, as is customary with competitions, one home cook will be eliminated.
Britain’s Best Home Cook – Thursday 8:00pm on BBC1