BBC announces Big Family Cooking Showdown talent

The main ingredients for BBC2’s ‘Big Family Cooking Challenge’ have been revealed. Fronting the show will be Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball. Whilst renowned chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager will judge and crown the nation’s best family of cooks.

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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is set to present The Big Family Cooking Showdown for BBC2.

She will co-present the forthcoming cookery competition format with Zoe Ball, alongside chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager as judges.

The structure of two presenters and two judges mirrors that of Bake Off, although the 12 x 60-minute Voltage TV series was ordered before the latter moved to Channel 4.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown will pit family teams of passionate amateur chefs against each other for the chance to be crowned the nation’s best home cooks.

The format was announced last year under the working title The Big Family Cooking Challenge. It is in production now and due to air this autumn.

Sixteen families will welcome Hussain, Ball, and the judges into their home kitchens to prepare dishes using their favourite family recipes.

Judges Locatelli and Shrager will set challenges in both a studio kitchen and home kitchens across the country in a bid to whittle down the contestants and ultimately identify a winning team.

It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and will be executive produced by Voltage chief executive Sanjay Singhal and Kathleen Larkin, as well as by commissioning executive Catherine Catton for the BBC

Hussain was won the 2015 series of Great British Bake Off and has since worked on films for The One Show and presented Love Productions’ travelogue The Chronicles Of Nadiya for BBC1 last year.

Last month, the cook tied with BBC Studios for a forthcoming 8 x 30-minute culinary tour Nadiya’s British Food Adventure for BBC2.