Friday, May 11, 2007

British Food is NOT Bad

Lips are smacking, taste buds are tingling and mouths are watering as BBC AMERICA serves up some of the UK’s most popular contemporary cooking shows each weekday starting at noon. From Monday, June 4 BBC AMERICA presents the U.S. premiere of Daily Cooks at 12noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT and Rick Stein’s Food Heroes at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. The Good Food block continues with the channel premiere of The Naked Chef at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT and encore presentations of MasterChef Goes Large at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.


Host Antony Worrall Thompson has graced British TV screens for over a decade. As well as being one of the UK’s leading TV cooks, this well-seasoned chef owns a fleet of restaurants and has published a library of cookery books. Each day Anthony, or Wozza as he’s known to friends, welcomes expert cooks – including infamous restaurant owner Jean Christophe Novelli - and wine connoisseurs into his kitchen to help prepare a mouthwatering meal guaranteed to tickle viewers’ tastebuds.

Viewers are encouraged to try the recipe at home that same night along with one of the wines recommended to compliment the meal. Scrumptious dishes include Lamb with Leeks and Pangratto, Gazpacho Salad and Pineapple Carpaccio with Ginger and Chili Syrup.

Premieres June 4 at 12noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT


BBC AMERICA introduces celebrated seafood chef Rick Stein in a mouth-watering new show that takes a gastronomic tour of the British Isles.

“We scour the world for flavours and inspiration and we’ve lost sight of our own gastronomic heritage,” says Rick. “We just don’t make enough use of local produce. We need to appreciate what we have on our doorstep.

“This series is all about appreciating the things I hold dear. It’s a sort of culinary road map of Britain … like those old illustrated ones from the ‘50s with a plump black turkey for Norfolk, steaming bowls of hot pot for Lancashire and a golden pasty and a dish of cream for Cornwall.”

Rick’s journey begins at Land’s End in Cornwall, where he sets out his agenda for the season. Rick travels around the area where he meets local quality producers, goes on a pigeon shoot, pays homage to the pasty (a local delicacy), fishes for mackerel off the coast and samples clotted cream and saffron cakes in east Cornwall. Finally, Rick ventures over the landmark Tamar Bridge to end the show with a delicious plate of fish and chips at the Start Bay Inn in Devon.

Culinary highlights include forgotten dishes such as pigeon and peas and a delicious
langoustine and clotted cream quiche.

Premieres Monday, June 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT


Young, streetwise and passionate about food, Jamie Oliver is at the cutting edge of modern life and modern cooking. In The Naked Chef, Jamie demonstrates his technique of stripping restaurant recipes down to their bare essentials as he prepares delicious meals for family and friends.

One of the UK’s most popular young chefs, Jamie’s inimitable style mixes professional training with an infectious energy and enthusiasm for food. The Naked Chef has shown a generation of amateur cooks how dining at home can be a fun, sociable event with maximum flavor and minimum effort.

Premieres Monday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT


Years before Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen arrived on U.S. television, the BBC’s MasterChef held a weekly challenge to find Britain’s best amateur cook. Now in an extended format, MasterChef Goes Large is back with a cooking competition like no other. Thousands of amateur cooks, from stockbrokers and hairdressers to bar owners and real estate brokers, of all ages and backgrounds, who think they have what it takes to become a top restaurant chef, have applied to the show. Auditions produce ninety-six contestants who all start out with equal determination and ambition to win the coveted career-changing title of MasterChef. But, at the end of each episode, the judges decide who goes through to the next level and, inevitably, competition heats up as people are sent home. After a number of grueling challenges - cooking backstage for millionaire rock stars, making lunch for 600 marines on a battleship and working in a Michelin-starred restaurant – four amateur cooks make it to the final. Which of them will have enough talent – and stamina - to win the title?

Premieres Monday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.