Saturday 19 February 2011

Upcoming BBC Series - The Great British Food Revival

The brand new five-part series The Great British Food Revival airs weekly on BBC TWO from Wednesday 9th March at 8:00pm. In each programme a renowned TV chef champions a great British produce which is under threat and in serious need of putting back on the food map.

The series harnesses the power of the BBC's food talent with ten chefs involved in the campaign. James Martin shows his support for heritage apples while Michel Roux Junior puts a case for the revival of real bread. Michel Roux Junior says: “Making the series has opened my eyes to just how important it is that some of Britain’s best produce isn’t forgotten. We need to put it back on our shopping lists and back on our plates.”

The Hairy Bikers get behind the revival of the cauliflower while Clarissa Dickson Wright puts forward her argument for rare breed pork. Others involved in the campaign include Gregg Wallace, Angela Hartnett, Ainsley Harriott, Matt Tebbutt, Glynn Purnell and Gary Rhodes.

In addition to highlighting the problems facing many of our traditional British crops and investigating the plight of the produce, the chefs also cook three mouth-watering dishes that feature the ingredient they are championing.

The series will run as 5 x 60 minutes on BBC TWO. The episode line-up is as follows :

Episode 1 - Michel Roux Jr on Bread & The Hairy Bikers on Cauliflower

Episode 2 - Gregg Wallace on Potatoes & Clarissa Dickson Wright on Pork

Episode 3 - James Martin on Apple & Matt Tebbutt on Mutton

Episode 4 - Ainsley Harriott on Honey & Glynn Purnell on Cheese

Episode 5 - Gary Rhodes on Tomatoes & Angela Hartnett on Crab

There is also an accompanying book, which I have reviewed here.


  1. Elaine Livingstone19 February 2011 at 21:04

    dont like Gary Rhodes and detest Ainsley arriet, but the rest may be an interseting watch, will need to sky+ it I think

  2. I am also very much into my cookery programmes but haven't been watching much tv recently, so I must have missed the advert for this. It looks great, I'm going to have to put it on record. And get the book!

  3. I'm suprised that the BBC researchers chose the Rectory near Horncastle as part of its focus on rare breed pork. Having actually seen the Rectory, I was shocked at the cramped, miserly conditions in which these "prized" Mangalitzas were kept. I was also appalled at what struck me as a crass attempt to fudge the difference between his pigs (Mangalitzas) and the Lincolnshire Curly Coat (made extinct in 1972) by calling them "Curly Coated Pigs". They are distinct breeds: one native to Hungary and a recent import to the UK; the other - one of the four breeds of animal native to Lincolnshire (along with the still existent Lincoln Red, Lincoln Long Wool and Linconshire Buff).

    I support keeping these animals for meat to ensure the continuation of the blood line; however, they deserve to be kept in vastly better conditions. Further, the breed should be appreciated its own right. It should not be cynically masqueraded as an extinct pig to earn a quick buck.

  4. Thanks for your comment, "anonymous". Very interesting to read your views.

    I tried the sandwich bread recipe from the programme/book - delicious !


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