Ready Steady Cook to make SHOCK comeback with Rylan hosting!

Ready Steady Cook

Classic will return next year on BBC1

Legendary cookery show Ready Steady Cook is to make a surprise comeback to our screens after almost a decade, with Rylan Clark-Neal taking over presenting duties.

Fern Britton was the first host of Ready Steady Cook, taking charge from 1994 until 2000, before Ainsley Harriott took over until the show finished in 2010.

Now, the BBC is reviving the series with Rylan, who’s also hosting a revamped version of Supermarket Sweep, thrilled to be presenting.

“I’m so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens. To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be.

“I’m sure that the mix of new challenges, fantastic chefs and enthusiastic cooks will be a recipe for success, maybe with the odd disaster! I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!”

Rylan Clark-Neal hosting Supermarket Sweep on ITV2

Rylan clearly loves his classic shows as he's also hosting a revival of Supermarket Sweep on ITV2 (Image credit: ITV)

The BBC promises that the new show will “reflect contemporary food themes, from cooking on budget to eating healthily, managing food waste to feeding the whole family, mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade”.

There will be a new kitchen where two contestants will each be paired with a chef. As they go head to head in the kitchen, they will face “two different taste tests and the clock is always ticking”.

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Fans of the classic original will be pleased to know that just like before the audience will signal who they want to win by voting with the iconic red tomato and green pepper voting cards.

Carla-Maria Lawson, Acting Head of BBC Daytime added: “Ready Steady Cook is a celebration of the much loved BBC1 Daytime show, reimagined for contemporary Britain. The premise of healthy, aspirational food being prepared against the clock will be familiar to the audience, as will the iconic red tomatoes and green peppers!

"This will be a series for the modern day featuring a brigade of exciting new culinary talent and with Celebrity MasterChef finalist, Rylan at the helm, a teatime treat for a whole new generation of viewers.”

The new 20-part series of Ready Steady Cook will be shown on BBC1.

David Hollingsworth

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