The BBC will relaunch the iconic cookery show Ready Steady Cook next year, with Anglesey Chef Ellis Barrie taking part in the show.
The series, which was hosted Ainsley Harriott, was axed by the BBC in 2010 after more than 1,000 episodes. The show will now be hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal when it returns to a day-time slot on BBC1 in 2020.
Ellis Barrie, best known locally for the award winning Marram Grass restaurant in Newborough, Anglesey, got his big break in cooking aged just 15, at Fellini’s in Liverpool.
After developing his skills in restaurants across Liverpool and Australia, he eventually relocated to his family home in Anglesey, where with his brothers he turned an abandoned chicken shed on an old camp-site into one of the region’s most talked-about restaurants, the Marram Grass.
After realising how much pork is imported into Wales, he set up his own farm next to the restaurant, providing it with his own home grown vegetables and meat. On top of this, he can often be found foraging for wild garlic along the Anglesey coast. All of which means it’s little surprise that The Marram Grass won Best Bistro/Brasserie of the Year at the Anglesey Tourism Awards, and Ellis personally was named one of the most promising names in hospitality under 30.
In each episode Ready Steady Cook features two contestants who are paired up with a chef, going head to head in the newly-designed Ready Steady Cook kitchen.
In the first challenge, each contestant comes armed with their bag of ingredients, all bought within a £10 budget. They’ll have just 20 minutes to create delicious, surprising and inspiring dishes ready to wow the discerning studio audience.
The revamped second challenge is even faster, as each pair has just 10 minutes to create yet more amazing dishes, this time based on audience ingredients cards.
Kitty Walshe, Joint Managing Director for Remarkable TV, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing back such an iconic favourite. Ready Steady Cook was a staple ingredient of TV viewing for so many years and our refresh will bring it right up to date, while keeping the essence of the much-loved format. Rylan is the perfect host to bring the series back and the show promises to be the perfect mix of culinary inspiration and fantastic entertainment.”