In a dramatic turn of events, last year’s Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain is to co-host new rival BBC cooking show, The Big Family Cooking Showdown. The new show will go directly against The Great British Bake Off which has now moved to channel 4 and will also be hosted by DJ Zoe Ball with chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager judging the contestants.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown will launch later this year on BBC 2 in a search to find the UK’s best family of cooks.
Nadiya has said of her new role: “”Family and food have always gone hand in hand and I’m looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part. Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I’ll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds.”
Alongside, Nadiya, Dj Zoe Ball has also revealed her excitement in taking part in the new show: “It’s time to celebrate passionate foodie families all over the country and this series will show us home cooking at its best, even if it’s using old pans and mismatched crockery. We’re meeting 16 very different families over the course of the show and witnessing their team dynamics. I’m not the world’s best cook as my kids will vouch but I’m learning so much from these families and from Nadiya.”
Meanwhile, The Great British Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood will return alongside Mary replacement, Prue Leith for the new Channel 4 series of The Great British Bake Off. However, Mary Berry, Mel and Sue Baker all declined the offer to move to Channel 4.
A TV insider has said: “The Beeb is not going to be beaten by a show they grew from the ground and made into a juggernaut. Using Nadiya is nothing short of inflammatory. The gloves are off. This is going to be a proper battle.”
The Great British Bake off was a huge hit for the BBC with over 14 million people tuning in for last year’s finale before it was taken over by Channel 4.
It looks like the cooking mitts are off this autumn!