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Families in a cook-off; The BBC lost The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 but have come up with a new cookery show with a popular twist where families compete against each other in different challenges - under the watchful eye of celebrity judges.

Byline: STEVE HENDRY

The Big Family Cooking Showdown is a new food show that celebrates favourite family recipes and home cooks from across Britain.

Presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, it will delve into kitchens up and down the country, showcasing family food which brings generations together.

It is also competitive - with added soap opera potential.

Nadiya, winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015, will calm nerves and mop fevered brows.

She said: "Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know how tough it can get. So I'll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds."

Zoe said: "We're meeting 16 very different families and witnessing their team dynamics. This series will show us home cooking at its best, even if it's using old pans and mismatched crockery."

Contestants will be judged by cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager and Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, who will set challenges in the studio and home kitchens, whittling down the 16 teams over eight heats, three semi-finals and one grand final. In each episode, two families represented by three family members will go head to head, and will be tested in three challenging rounds: THE PS10 CHALLENGE Feeding four with a budget of PS10, in one hour 15 minutes.

HOME VISITS CHALLENGE Families cook a main course and a dessert for Rosemary and Giorgio in their own homes in 90 minutes. IMPRESS THE NEIGHBOURS CHALLENGE Families return to the studio create a starter and a main course in two hours 15 minutes.

Rosemary has worked in restaurant kitchens and cookery schools and recently appeared on BBC series The Real Marigold Hotel.

She is an experienced judge, having featured on The Chopping Block and Rosemary's School for Cooks. She was also a haute cuisine teacher on ITV reality show Ladette to Lady.

She said: "I'm hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other's faces."

Giorgio has appeared in a number of TV series including Tony and Giorgio, Sicily Unpacked and Italy Unpacked.

As a boy, he dreamt of being a waiter but discovered his love for cooking while working alongside chefs in his family's hotel kitchen.

He now runs a top London restaurant and was awarded the Commendatore Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian ambassador for services to Italian gastronomy.

Giorgio is looking forward to experiencing the different family's heritages through their dishes.

He said: "To taste people's family dishes within their home is such an honour."

In the opening episode, we meet the Marks family from London, who are hoping to impress with their Scandinavian-inspired dishes.

Grandmother, ex-model and fashion designer Toren, 86, was born in Sweden and came to the UK when she was 30. Her daughter Jessica, 55, is a nutritional therapist and mother of three kids including Oskar, 29, who works at an independent record company.

The Marks cook Swedish dishes Toren has passed down to her family and Oskar adapts recipes using more exotic ingredients.

Facing them are the Charles family from Bridlington in Yorkshire, who take food inspiration from their travels across Europe and Asia.

Betty, 29, and husband Dan, 32, married in 2015 after he proposed to her while on holiday in Rome. Her mum Jean, 59, completes their team. | The Big Family Cooking Showdown is on BBC2 on Tuesday at 8pm.

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Date:Aug 13, 2017
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