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 are setting out to reinvent British home cooking by creating a New British Cuisine that truly reflects the multicultural nature of our country in The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh.
Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats says: “Both these programmes will offer fresh ideas and inspire people across Britain to get busy in the kitchen this Summer. I am 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, 6×30-minutes, made by Outline Productions, reveals the secrets of his indulgent pub food, as he cooks a selection of starters, mains and desserts inspired by dishes you’d see on the chalk boards of some of Britain’s best pubs – from mussels cooked in ale, to treacle-cured roast beef with ultimate Yorkshire puddings, and date and toffee pudding with caramelised banana.
In between the 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.
Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food is commissioned by Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two. It is executive produced by Alison Kirkham for the BBC and Bridget Boseley for Outline Productions. The series director is Sarah Myland and senior producer is Sally Wingate.
Also this summer, British home cookery will be reinvented by two extraordinary chefs in The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh, 5×30-minutes, made by Alchemy TV, who 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.
It doesn’t have to be a great leap. Rather than creating complex, unfamiliar meals, Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh will ease us in with twists on recipes we already know, using spice to create delectable variations on traditional British dishes. Each dish will showcase these versatile, magical ingredients. They will give tips and hints and will also show how to use spice blends to bring daily cooking to life.
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.
The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh is commissioned by Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats; Tanya Shaw, Commissioning Executive; and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two. It is executive produced by Tanya Shaw for the BBC and Nicola Gooch for Alchemy TV. The series producers at Alchemy TV are Caroline Ross-Pirie and Jessica Jones.