Following the success of his last series showing viewers how to lose weight for good eating delicious food – which launched to a total audience of 3.5 million – the Michelin-starred chef is back, this time inviting families who rely heavily on convenience food to press the restart button.
In this six-part series Tom will provide inspiration and healthy options for home cooking and family mealtimes to get the nation cooking and eating great food together – all with the aim of making us fitter, healthier and happier.
Tom says: “I used to eat convenience food myself, then I made a decision to change the way I ate for the sake of my weight and health. Ready meals and takeaways are simple and quick, but living off processed food comes at a cost.”
Since changing his own eating habits Kerridge has lost 12 stone and become a father. “Finding the time to eat proper, homemade food together as a family is one of life’s biggest pleasures. I want to help people to discover this for themselves and reap the rewards.”
Tom’s new adventure in healthy eating comes at a critical time. Over half the food we eat in the UK is ultra-processed. Only a third of us cook from scratch each day and less than half of families eat an evening meal together every day.
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “Audiences loved Tom’s terrific series Lose Weight For Good last January. His great recipes and brilliant rapport with the contributors made for empowering and enabling television. I am delighted that he’s returning to BBC Two with a new series that will bring fresh tips and recipes for 2019.”
In the series Tom recruits eight families to road-test his delicious new recipes, over a 12-week period. He will take them through a six-step plan for making a fresh start, with family food, health and exercise – including challenges designed to get the whole family embracing a healthy lifestyle. He’ll measure their health, fitness and happiness at the start and end of the experiment and hope to see positive changes.
“Some of the families don’t cook at all and some struggle to find time to cook proper meals regularly,” explains Kerridge. “So the first step is to get people into the kitchen and enjoying the process of cooking on a daily basis. It’s a big ask, but if they do, everything else will follow from that.”
Tom’s recipes will include healthier, home-made versions of fast food and ready meals which will taste better than the originals; mid-week suppers that take no time to rustle up; batch cooking to last through the week; and proper feasts for the weekend. What’s guaranteed is that all the food will taste amazing.