The BBC has announced the line-up of hosts to take the helm of cookery show ‘Saturday Kitchen Live’.
Following the appearance of Michel Roux Jr on Saturday April 2 and Lorraine Pascale on April 9, confirmed names of guest presenters include John Torode, Rick Stein, Ching-He Huang, Gennaro Contaldo and Matt Tebbutt.
‘Saturday Kitchen Live’ is a 90 minute cookery programme which is broadcast live every Saturday at 10am on BBC One. For the past 10 years, it has been hosted by celebrity chef James Martin, but he left the show at the end of March to concentrate on other projects.
He said: “I would like to personally thank all the viewers for turning ‘Saturday Kitchen’ into a three million-plus smash hit. I could not have done it without them. I would also like to thank the BBC and ‘Saturday Kitchen’ for the great opportunity they gave me.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I have been privileged to work with some of the world’s greatest chefs and some of the greatest names in showbiz.
“I wish the new chefs every success. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my new projects and to lots of lie-ins on a Saturday morning.”
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC Daytime and Early-Peak, said: “On behalf of our viewers, I’d like to thank James for the last 10 years in which he has given up his Saturday mornings and more to help make ‘Saturday Kitchen’ into the much loved institution that it is today.
“James works extremely hard, not just on TV but across all of the other things that he does. I can understand his decision to concentrate on other things and I think we’ll see him back on the BBC before long.
“‘Saturday Kitchen Live’ will continue to ease millions of viewers into their weekends and this represents an exciting opportunity to see some other talented chefs present the show.”
James Martin continues to host ‘Saturday Kitchen Best Bites’ (a compilation of ‘Saturday Kitchen’ moments) on BBC Two on Sunday mornings.
Lorraine Pascale: guest host of ‘Saturday Kitchen Live’ on April 9