Britain’s Best Dish

Monday, 2 August 2010, 5:00PM – 6:00PM on ITV1


A brand new series of Britain’s Best Dish returns to ITV1 Daytime where the hunt is on to uncover the best home-grown recipes being produced by the country’s finest undiscovered amateur chefs.

Hosted by Mark Nicholas, it’s a dramatic and highly emotional cooking competition, where the cooks are given the chance to inspire and impress with their culinary talents. The chef crowned the overall winner will also receive a prize of £10,000.

Cameras follow as nationwide auditions are held across the country, searching for cooks who believe they have what it takes to win the coveted Best Dish title.

The cooks with the most potential are chosen to serve up their signature dishes in front of a no-nonsense judging panel, featuring top chefs Ed Baines, John Burton Race and wine expert Jilly Goolden.

After a series of gruelling regional heats, the cream of the cooks then take part in the national finals, culminating in the field being whittled down to three for the grand final: Britain’s Best Starter, Best Main and Best Pudding. In the grand final, the three then present their decision to a studio audience of members of the public and celebrities, before one is chosen as the winner of Britain’s Best Dish 2010.

Britain’s Best Dish is an ITV Studios production for ITV1. Commissioned by Alison Sharman, Director of ITV Factual and Daytime and Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Popular Factual.

Britain’s Best Dish
Monday 22 October 2007 5:00pm – 6:00pm on ITV1.

It’s the final week of Britain’s Best Dish and one contestant will have their dish crowned as Britain’s Best Dish in a live final on Friday 26 October.

After months of auditions and weeks of tasting over 120 recipes from all over Great Britain, the moment of truth is finally upon us, it’s the live Final of Britain’s Best Dish 2007.

All through the heats our tough talking judges, restaurateur Ed Baines, Wine expert Jilly Goolden and Michelin starred chef John Burton Race have munched their way through the very best recipes the nation’s amateur cooks can serve up. The competition has been fierce and the judges’ debates have been heated. It’s been a tough job for ringmaster extraordinaire, Mark Nicholas.

During the final week semi-finalists will be slaving over hot stoves to perfect their dishes and impress the judges.

They will be whittled down to three finalists who will compete against each other for the title. They will be preparing their signature dishes and hoping they can whisk up a winner.

From hundreds of hopefuls, we will now have Britain’s Best Starter, Britain’s Best Main Course and Britain’s Best Pudding. The chefs have cooked, perfected and re-cooked their recipes and have won their place on Britain’s Top Table. Which recipe has what it takes to win the title Britain’s Best Dish 2007 and bag the £10,000 prize?

To help the public make their choice, we take the finalists to the nation. Carol Thatcher shakes out her pinny and climbs aboard the Best Dish mobile kitchen for a whistle stop road trip, and the discerning crew of HMS Cumberland sit down for a hearty lunch. Back in the studio, Mark and the judges are joined by more food experts and celebrity enthusiasts but it’s the nation who has the final say.

Telephones at the ready, it’s over to the nation for a live phone vote.

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