Claudia Winkleman has revealed why she is nervous for the contestants ahead of the premiere of Britain’s Best Home Cook.
The Strictly Come Dancing host joins former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry on the BBC’s new cooking competition Britain’s Best Home Cook, which will see will see ten contestants living and cooking together while competing to win.
Each week, the contestants will be set challenges that test their skill, creativity and individual flair, before culminating in a final elimination round to decide who will leave the show.
And, speaking ahead of the show’s premiere in May, Claudia revealed the role she’s playing in calming the contestants’ nerves.
“I think I have two jobs here,” she said. “One is to be as orange as humanly possible and two is to make sure the contestants have a fantastic time.
“It is nerve wracking. These are home cooks, these are not people who have worked in kitchens or highly pressured scenarios. They’ve been making the most delicious spaghetti Bolognese in their street for years, and they come here where there are cameras and lights, there’s Mary and the brilliant boys, so they’re daunted and scared.
“My job is to look after them and take the edge off. I tickle them sometimes and tell jokes – I’ve been known to do anything that makes it better.”
Alongside Claudia Winkleman and Mary Berry, the show will feature Chris Bavin, aka The Naked Grocer, and Dan Doherty, the Chief Director of the Duck and Waffle, as judges.
Britain’s Best Home Cook will premiere at 8pm on Thursday, May 3 on BBC One.
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