BBC Two serves up three new chefs for summer

BBC Two has commissioned two new food programmes fronted by three acclaimed chefs, set to air this summer.

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge reveals how to cook the best-ever pub food dishes in ‘Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food’, and Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh set out to reinvent British home cooking in ‘The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh’.

Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats said: “Both these programmes will offer fresh ideas and inspire people across Britain to get busy in the kitchen this Summer. I’m delighted to welcome Tom, Cyrus and Tony to BBC Two, and am sure their passion and infectious characters will delight viewers.”

Tom Kerridge is the only British chef who has earned two Michelin stars by cooking in a pub: The Hand & Flowers in Marlow. ‘Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food’ comprises a series of six 30-minute episodes. Made by Outline Productions, it reveals the secrets of his pub food, from mussels cooked in ale, to treacle-cured roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, and date and toffee pudding with caramelised banana.

In between recipes, Tom visits some of his suppliers to provide tips on what to look for to get the best ingredients for specific styles of cooking – for example, which cut of beef to choose for your Sunday roast. And he visits other pubs and producers that are pushing the boundaries when it comes to food.

Meanwhile, Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh are on a mission to ‘convince Britain to wake up to the versatility of spices and exotic ingredients, using them not just on special occasions – but every day’.

‘The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh’ is a series of five 30-minute programmes made by Alchemy TV. Originally from Bombay, Cyrus Todiwala OBE is a multi-award-winning chef who was chosen to cook the Queen’s Jubilee Banquet last year. He has a series of acclaimed London restaurants, all defined by his passion for combining the best of British produce with Indian techniques and spices.

Tony Singh is one of Scotland’s leading chefs. As a fourth generation Scot who grew up in a traditional Sikh family, he has become renowned for restaurants that combine traditional Scottish produce and techniques with exotic flavours.

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