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Ready Steady Cook

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Ready Steady Cook
BBC Ready Steady Cook.png
Third logo, used from 2005 to 2010
GenreCooking show
Presented byFern Britton (1994–2000)
Ainsley Harriott (2000–2010)
Rylan Clark-Neal (2020–)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series21 (Original)
9 (Celebrity)
1 (Revival)
No. of episodes1,735 (Original)
102 (Celebrity)
20 (Revival)
Production
Running time30 minutes (1994–2000)
45 minutes (2000–2010, 2020–)
Production company(s)Bazal Productions (1994–2001)
Endemol UK Productions (2002–06)
Cheetah Television (2006–10)
Remarkable Television (2020–)
DistributorEndemol Shine Group
Release
Original networkBBC Two (1994–2010)
BBC One (1997–2003, 2020–)
Picture format4:3 (1994–2000)
16:9 (2001–10, 2020–)
Original releaseOriginal series:
24 October 1994 (1994-10-24) – 2 February 2010 (2010-02-02)
Revived series:
2 March 2020 (2020-03-02) –
present
Chronology
Related showsMasterChef

Ready Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV cooking game show. It debuted on 24 October 1994 and the last original edition was broadcast on 2 February 2010.[1] The programme was hosted by Fern Britton from 1994 until 2000 when celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott became the new host. In August 2000, when Harriott took over, the duration of the programme was extended from 30 to 45 minutes.

On 2 September 2019, it was confirmed that Rylan Clark-Neal would host a revived daytime series on BBC One in 2020.[2]

Format

Ingredients

Two members of the public provided two celebrity chefs with a bag of ingredients they had bought, usually to a set budget of £5. The two teams were designated "red tomato" and "green pepper" (referred to as "red kitchen" and "green kitchen" after the August 2007 revamp, though the tomato and pepper motifs still featured on the guests' aprons and in the show's logo).

Occasionally, the permitted budget was increased: a so-called Bistro Bag allowed for ingredients of up to £7.50, while the Gourmet Bag could have a value of up to £10. On some occasions, they used a £3.50 Budget Bag. Also on a few shows, a Lucky Dip Bag was used, which contained ten items. The chef closed his or her eyes and picked out half of the items at the beginning. At the halfway mark, the chef randomly picked a sixth item, which might have helped or hindered the chef. The chefs had no prior knowledge of the ingredients they had to prepare. Another format was used on occasion in which both kitchens were given the same ingredients, and the toss of a red and green die determined who had first pick.

The Main Course

The chefs had to make several dishes out of the said ingredients (and a generously stocked kitchen containing basic ingredients and aids) in 20 minutes, with the help of the contestants and the programme host. As the contestants taste the prepared food, the host asks the chef some questions about their dish. Prior to the September 2006 season it was customary for the chefs to name their creations, which usually included a pun.

The preparations were voted on by the studio audience, who each held up a card showing either a red tomato or green pepper. In the newer episodes, the audience members pushed a button on their seat keypad to indicate who they would like to win. The winner received a cash prize of £100, which celebrity guests donated to charity (an example the regular guests sometimes followed) but this was changed to a plate towards the end of the series. The runner-up used to receive a hamper which included a variety of items, such as a set of knives, pasta and sauces, olive oil and balsamic vinegar but later received a Ready Steady Cook mug due to budget restraints.

Quickie bag

The quickie bag section of the show then followed. This was introduced in 2000, the same year Ainsley Harriott became presenter, extending the programme from 30 to 45 minutes. The contents of the quickie bag used to be decided on by the series producer and a home economist. Their decision was based on produce that was currently in season or unusual ingredients that had not featured on the show recently. In late August 2007, the quickie bag changed format with the bag being brought in by George Edward Mcauliffe, who challenged the chefs to prepare the dish.

The two chefs each had a chance to describe what they would cook using the bag of ingredients and the audience members voted to choose which dish they would like to see prepared. The winner then had 10 minutes to complete the described dishes, with the help of the other chef and the host. The hectic preparation of the chosen chef's suggested dishes often includes a slight element of chaos and ad-libbing along the way. A viewer's question relating to a cooking problem is usually put to the chefs, further adding to the pressure upon them to complete their dishes in the time allowed.

Celebrity Ready Steady Cook

Originally as a spin-off that ran alongside the original, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook had celebrities, often competing against a family member or friend, provide the bag of ingredients to the same budget of £5. Later series would see the public completely replaced with celebrity guests.

Celebrity appearances include: David Tennant, Wendy Richard, Kate Winslet, Honor Blackman, James May, Richard Hammond, Paul O'Grady as alter-ego Lily Savage, Cliff Richard, Twiggy, Fiona Bruce, Gail Porter, Midge Ure, Edd China, Amanda Redman, Ade Edmondson and Alan Davies.

Featured chefs

Variations on the format

  • Classic Bag – The original format where the contestant brought in a bag of ingredients costing up to £5.
  • Budget Bag – Similar to the 'Classic Bag' but the ingredients could only cost up to £3.50.
  • Bistro Bag – Ingredients worth £7.50.
  • Gourmet Bag – Worth £10.
  • Doubling Up Bag – Both contestants bring in the same ingredients. The host used a coin or dice with a Green Pepper and Red Tomato on to decide which chef would decide what to do with the ingredients first. The other chef must do something different.
  • Forfeit Bag – The chefs had to choose a card at random with a forfeit which prohibited their use of a certain store cupboard ingredient such as No Fresh Herbs, No Spices, No Citrus or No Wine.
  • Gamble Bag – The chefs were presented with three mystery ingredients and are given the opportunity to swap one of their ingredients with one of these mystery ingredients. They do not have to swap but if they do, they cannot change their minds once the new ingredient is revealed.
  • Lucky Dip – The Chefs were presented with a bag of ten items from which they had to pick five at random. After 10 minutes had passed, they then chose a sixth ingredient, which depending on what the chef has started cooking, can help or hinder them.

Revived series

In September 2019, the BBC announced that Ready Steady Cook would return.

Returning in March 2020, Celebrity MasterChef finalist Rylan Clark-Neal serves as host. He is joined by chefs Ellis Barrie, Romy Gill, Anna Haugh, Akis Petretzikis, and Mike Reid.

Ready Steady Cook introduced various sustainability efforts, including favouring glass over plastic, initiating a recycling programme, donating leftover food to a local food bank, and using locally sourced seasonal ingredients and Fair Trade items when available.[3][4][5]

Series overview

Original series

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter
1 24 October 1994[6] 23 December 1994[7] 24 Fern Britton
2 9 January 1995[8] 2 June 1995[9] 70
3 16 October 1995[10] 17 June 1996[11] 121
4 2 September 1996 19 June 1997 142
5 20 August 1997 15 June 1998 136
6 7 September 1998 12 July 1999 109
7 6 September 1999 30 May 2000 108
8 14 August 2000 5 January 2001 65 Ainsley Harriott
9 22 January 2001 30 July 2001 65
10 3 September 2001 21 December 2001 55
11 21 January 2002 28 May 2002 47
12 12 August 2002 6 May 2003 108
13 18 August 2003 26 May 2004 124
14 31 August 2004 10 May 2005 123
15 5 September 2005 10 May 2006 120
16 18 September 2006 20 April 2007 123
17 27 August 2007[12] 26 October 2007[13] 47
18 11 February 2008[14] 16 May 2008[15] 57
19 19 May 2008[16] 7 October 2008[17] 32
20 19 January 2009[18] 15 June 2009[19] 40
21 24 November 2009[20] 2 February 2010[21] 35

Revived series

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter
1 2 March 2020 27 March 2020 20 Rylan Clark-Neal

Celebrity Ready Steady Cook

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter
1 11 July 1997 29 August 1997 8 Fern Britton
2 7 January 1998 4 March 1998 9
3 8 July 1998 24 December 1998 15
4 8 January 1999 12 February 1999 6
5 11 June 1999 15 December 1999 9
6 27 December 1999 2 July 2000 12
7 18 October 2000 16 April 2001 17 Ainsley Harriott
8 4 May 2001 29 June 2001 23
8 September 2001 29 June 2002
9 6 November 2002 3 January 2003 2

Specials

Date Entitle Presenter
24 December 1997 Christmas Special Fern Britton
20 November 1998 Children in Need
12 February 2002 Happy Birthday! Ainsley Harriott
13 February 2002
23 December 2004 Christmas Special
12 July 2006 Sports Relief Special

Daytime Celebrity Christmas specials

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter
1 27 December 2002 3 January 2003 7 Ainsley Harriott
2 26 December 2003 31 December 2003 5

International versions

Country Title Broadcaster Presenter(s) Premiere Finale
 Australia Ready Steady Cook Network Ten Nick Stratford (2005)
Peter Everett (2006–2011)
Colin Lane (2011–2013)
2005 12 December 2013
 Italy La prova del cuoco Rai 1 Antonella Clerici (2000–2008; 2010–2018)
Elisa Isoardi (2008–2010; 2018–2020)
2 October 2000 26 June 2020
 Germany Kochduell VOX Britta von Lojewski September 1997 27 August 2005
 Greece Στην κουζίνα ολοταχώς
Stin kouzina olotahos
Mega Channel Ilias Mamalakis 2000 2004
Ready, Steady, Cook Alpha TV Akis Petretzikis 8 May 2017 10 July 2017
 Finland Kokkisota MTV3 Sikke Sumari (1999–2004; 2017–) 25 February 1999
18 January 2017
13 May 2004
present
 New Zealand Woolworths' Ready Steady Cook TV3 (1998)
TVNZ (1999, 2005)
Kerre Woodham (1998-1999)
Clayton Carrick-Leslie (2005)
1998
2005
1999
2005
 Poland SmaczneGO!
Gotowi do Gotowania. Start!
TVP 2 Olga Bończyk
Marzena Rogalska
10 March 2007
9 September 2019
24 May 2008
present
 United States Ready... Set... Cook! Food Network Robin Young (1995–1996)
Sissy Biggers (1996–2000)
Ainsley Harriott (2000–2001)
2 October 1995 1 January 2001

Books

  • Ready Steady Cook: The 10 Minute Cookbook. BBC Books. 28 September 2006. ISBN 978-0-563-49389-1.
  • Ready Steady Cook 365. BBC Books. 3 September 2009. ISBN 978-1-84607-801-9.

References

  1. ^ "BBC axes 'Ready Steady Cook'". Digital Spy. 5 November 2010.
  2. ^ "BBC - Rylan Clark-Neal top host all new Ready Steady Cook on BBC One - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC - Rylan Clark-Neal to host all new Ready Steady Cook on BBC One - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "BBC - Ready Steady Cook - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "BBC - Rebooted Ready Steady Cook to champion sustainability in the New Year - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Ready, Steady, Cook - BBC Two England - 24 October 1994". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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  16. ^ "Ready Steady Cook - Series 19, Episode 1". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Ready Steady Cook - Series 19, Episode 32". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Ready Steady Cook - Series 20, Episode 1". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Ready Steady Cook - Series 20, Episode 40". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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