‘Food & Drink’ is back on the box

Long-running TV show ‘Food & Drink’ returns to the small screen tonight (Friday January 2), with a new format and new hosts.

'Food & Drink' is back on the box

Double-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge joins ‘Food &Drink’ as host in a series that aims to ‘highlight all that is excellent in food and drink’. Taking the reins from Michel Roux Jnr, Tom will be sharing some of his favourite recipes and kitchen secrets. Tom is backed by drinks expert Joe Wadsack. Joe replaces Kate Goodman who recently gave birth to her second child.

The theme of the first of ten episodes, which airs at 8.30pm, is ‘Express Cooking’. Tom challenges guests the Hairy Bikers to come up with a speedy meal to rival his sausage and bean casserole. Their baked salmon and posh eggy bread gives Tom a run for his money, and Joe Wadsack surprises them all with his wine matches. Meanwhile, comedienne, actress and writer Arabella Weir goes behind the scenes at one of London’s poshest hotels to discover the secret to making the perfect sandwich – ‘the ultimate fast food’- and taste-tests the ultimate £200 sarnie.

The theme of episode two, which airs on January 9, is ‘Keep It Simple’. Tom is joined in the kitchen by MasterChef judge Monica Galetti and they compete to come up with the best ‘simple but spectacular’ recipe: Monica’s honey-glazed chicken versus Tom’s celery soup with poached egg and soda bread, and Joe Wadsack taste -tests the ‘big daddy of booze-free drinks’.

Episode three, which airs on January 16, is all about ‘Great British Grub’. Tom is joined by celebrity chef and “real food” campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who cooks a roast chicken to go up against Tom’s British stew and dumplings. Meanwhile, Irish restaurateur and judge on the BBC TV series ‘Great British Menu’ Oliver Peyton puts British cured meats under the spotlight, and Joe tastes a wine made in London.

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