Food Glorious Food
The team of culinary experts is in Malvern this week, on the lookout for Britain's best home cooking. This episode features cooks from Wales and the Midlands out to impress the panel - Loyd Grossman, Tom Parker-Bowles, Anne Harrison, and Stacie Stewart. Recipes include sausages in milk, classic Welsh cawl, Staffordshire oat cakes, and Pimms summer jelly.
Home cooks from across Devon are out in force - from one of the oldest pasty crimpers in the South West - to father and son crab fisherman hoping to impress WI top brass Anne Harrison. There are a bounty of culinary delights on show, as well as the not-so-hot dishes such as a pub landlord's stir fry that fails to impress globetrotting gastronome Loyd Grossman. Presented by Carol Vorderman.
Carol Vorderman, Tom Parker Bowles, Anne Harrison, Stacie Stewart and guest judge Andi Oliver bring the competition to the North West of England, where the range of characters behind the recipes seems as interesting as the food itself. A town crier has received inspiration from beyond the grave in preparing his cream horns, and the maker of a sticky toffee pudding has proof that it has been made to an original recipe.
The quest for a home-cooked dish that will grace the shelves of Marks & Spencer - and net its creator £20,000 - comes to Brighton. Cooks from across the South East descend on the seaside resort hoping to wow the experts - food writer Tom Parker Bowles, WI doyenne Anne Harrison, baker Stacie Stewart, and the unique Loyd Grossman.
The search for a home-cooked dish that will grace the shelves of Marks and Spencer and net its creator £20,000 focuses on home cooks from Yorkshire and the North East. One of the nation's favourite dishes is curry and one contestant puts their own spin on a classic curry recipe. There is an unusual take on the Yorkshire pudding, but a twist on the traditional trifle fails to impress judge Tom Parker-Bowles.
The last regional heat in the competition finds the judges in the grounds of glorious Knebworth House, where they are are looking for a winning recipe from London and the Home Counties. The Londoners are out in force - town crier Tony presents his old mum's bread and butter pudding and a grandmother shows off her gravy browning Christmas pudding.
Carol Vorderman presents as the culinary competition reaches the semi-final stage. Three of the regional heat winners compete to win a place in the final, with the challenge of cooking a whopping 150 portions of their chosen dish for the ladies of the Women's Institute. 92-year-old Eunice - with her pasty recipe as old as the hills - goes up against a husband and wife team.
Carol Vorderman hosts the culinary competition's second semi-final. Their challenge is to serve up 150 portions of their delicious dish to emergency service workers from the north east, but will the pressure prove too much for the glamorous Miss G - also known as Andrew - when faced with making that many profiteroles? How will teacher Rahila manage to churn out chicken korma for the dozens of waiting diners?
For the final challenge, host Carol Vorderman invites the two finalists to London before revealing that both of their creations will be rolled out as samplers across several Marks and Spencer stores, with the public making the ultimate decision as to which one hits shelves nationwide. Working with the producers, the finalists tweak their recipes to create a product fit for the British public.