The cooking competition will air in the U.K. later this year.
Say what you want about the British, they have this whole reality television thing down pat. From the American Idol forbearer Pop Idol to The Great British Bake-Off—which captured an American audience in its own right—the Brits have repeatedly proved their reality prowess. So whenever BBC announces a new cooking show, it’s worth taking notice… then toss in the fact that former Bake-Off judge Mary Berry is signed on for the festivities and it’s time to get your DVR hand ready.
BBC just released the first trailer for Britain’s Best Home Cook—a forthcoming reality cooking show that pretty much tells you the entire premise in the title (not that there’s anything wrong with that). What’s not mentioned in the name, however, is the trio of judges who have been hired to pass judgement on “ten passionate, skilled home cooks from across the country” who will “face a comprehensive range of culinary challenges from fabulous feasts to the nation's favourite dishes, and all things in between,” as the BBC bills it.
Mary Berry was the first judge to sign on to the project, instantly upping the anticipation on this new eight-episode series that is set to kick off later this year. (With a trailer already in tow, you’d think someone would have settled on that little detail of when the show will premiere, but apparently not yet.) More recently joining on as judges are Dan Doherty (of London’s Duck and Waffle fame) and BBC food show regular Chris Bavin.
“I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on,” Berry said when the show was first announced last August, according to Radio Times. “This series is going to encourage proper home cooking which I have always championed and I cannot wait to start.”
Meanwhile, potentially frustrating news for Americans: Seeing as the show has no British debut date, you should probably be prepared to hear that it reportedly doesn’t yet have any plans to land on this side of the pond. Still, if you need to Mary Berry fix, you can hear her mumbling about 25 seconds into the trailer. Hopefully that can tide you over for the time being?