The perennially popular Hairy Bikers are back, and they’re on a mission to find Britain’s best cooking family in a brand new BBC Two Daytime studio show The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off.
Si King and Dave Myers will mix cooking, celebrity chat and their unique brand of entertainment in the 40-part series which goes into production on Monday 27 September at BBC Television Centre. It will transmit daily at 5.15pm on weekdays from Monday 25 October. Each episode will feature foodie challenges for two teams of families fighting for the title of Britain’s Best Cooking Family.
Si and Dave know that Britain is packed with families who are mad about cooking: they’re not professionals but they’ve got the skills and knowledge to create some amazing dishes. Above all, they love doing it as a family. Families from across the UK have signed up to take part in the exciting new show, ensuring an eclectic and wide reaching mix of contestants.
Celebrity guests will also join the Hairies for some revealing chat each day: Gavin Henson, Jo Wood, Charles Dance, Julia Bradbury and Bill Oddie are just some of the game guests confirmed to appear so far, all of whom will be cooking up a storm.
The show will be packed with great challenges for the families, from having to create their own unique family favourite dish to mastering a cooking skill that the bikers teach them and creating a simple dish in just seven minutes that families at home can cook along with and serve up by the end of each programme.
The Hairies comment: “We’re both thrilled to be back on daily teatime telly. The programme is an exciting mix of extraordinary ordinary families and celebrities who share a common bond of good food and cooking.
“It is a great combo of chat and recipes guaranteed to make you super hungry, with the chance to cook along and enjoy them with us every evening. And if that’s not enough to whet your family’s appetite, there are also some simple but foolproof kitchen techniques and secrets indispensable to top chefs and fanatical foodies alike and equally useful in your kitchen at home. We’re really looking forward to meeting some of our favourite celebrities – and rest assured we’ll be giving them a good grilling alongside the teatime chops!”
The series has been commissioned by Liam Keelan, Controller, BBC Daytime, who adds: “It’s fantastic to see the Hairy Bikers back on BBC Daytime. Dave and Si’s particular brand of humour and warmth as well as their skill in the kitchen will make this a must see for our audience.”
The 40×45 minute series is produced by BBC Entertainment in London. The Executive Producers are Alex McLeod and Carla-Maria Lawson.