Ready, Steady, Cook is returning to our screens WITHOUT Ainsley Harriott

He was the face of the show!

Ainsley Harriott

by Emma Dodds |
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The news that there's going to be a Ready, Steady, Cook reboot has absolutely delighted 90's kids up and down the country - the cooking competition show ran from 1994 to 2010, with Fern Britton hosting 1994 - 2000 and Ainsley Harriott taking over until 2010.

The BBC have announced that the beloved show will be returning to our screens with none other than This Morning reporter and Celebrity MasterChef finalist Rylan Clark-Neal hosting the show alongside a brand new line-up of chefs.

Confirmed so far for the show are Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh, with more expecting to join up later on.

The new Ready, Steady, Cook team
©The new Ready, Steady, Cook team © BBC

According to official BBC information, the show will 'reflect contemporary food themes' like cooking on a budget and eating healthily, aiming to mirror the 'changes in food and British cooking' over the past 10 years since the show was last on.

Revealing how the TV show will work, show bosses have announced that two contestants will be paired up with a chef and will go head-to-head for each challenge, the first of which will give them 20 minutes to come up with a dish made on a £10 budget.

The second will give each pair 10 minutes to create something based on audience ingredients cards - but revealed that the fan-favourite audience vote will be back with the iconic red tomatoes and green peppers!


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Gemma Atkinson

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Ross Kemp

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Catherine Tyldesley

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Jamie Lomas

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Alex Fletcher

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Rylan said of joining the show, "I’m so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens. To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege.

"After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be. I’m sure that the mix of new challenges, fantastic chefs and enthusiastic cooks will be a recipe for success, maybe with the odd disaster! I can’t wait to get in the kitchen!"

Ainsley Harriott has also given his blessing for the show to be made, taking to Twitter to congratulate the new team, 'Great to hear that @BBCOne is bringing back #ReadySteadyCook 👍🏾! Really proud we made a classic show and I wish the new team all the best with the new version.'

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