Haydon (2nd from left and Andrew
Grubb 4th from left)
Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV cooking programme
first aired in 1994. The programme was hosted by Fern
Britton from 1994 until 2000 when celebrity chef Ainsley
Harriott became the new host. The present duration
of the programme is 45 minutes.
Two members of the public, or occasionally sporting
or other celebrities, provide two celebrity chefs
with a bag of ingredients they have bought, usually
to a set budget of £5. The two teams are designated
"red tomato" and "green pepper".
Occasionally the permitted budget is increased: a
so-called Bistro Bag allows for ingredients of up
to £7.50, while the Gourmet Bag may have a value
of up to £10. It is implied that the chefs have
no prior knowledge of the ingredients they will have
to prepare, however it is unknown whether this is
the case or not.
The Main Course
The chefs proceed to make several dishes out of the
said ingredients (and a generously stocked kitchen
containing basic ingredients and spices) in 20 minutes,
with the help of the contestants and the programme
host. As the contestants taste the prepared dishes,
the host asks the chef some questions about the food.
Prior to the September 2006 programme season it was
customary for the chefs to name their dishes, which
usually included a pun. However, no name is given
to the dishes as of September 2006.
creations are voted on by the studio audience, who
hold up a card showing either a red tomato or green
pepper to represent each of the teams. The winner
receives a cash prize of £100, which celebrity
guests donate to charity (an example the regular guests
will sometimes follow). The runner-up receives a hamper
which includes a variety of items, such as a set of
knives, pasta and sauces, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The quickie bag section of the show then follows.
This was introduced in 2000, the same year Ainsley
Harriott became presenter, extending the programme
to 45 minutes. The contents of the quickie bag are
decided on by the series producer and a home economist.
Their decision is based on produce that is currently
in season or unusual ingredients that haven't featured
on the show recently.
two chefs each get a chance to describe what they
would cook using the bag of ingredients. The audience
members vote for which chef they would most like to
see cook. The winner then has 10 minutes to prepare
the described dishes, with the help of the other chef
and the host. The hectic preparation of the chosen
chef's suggested dishes often includes a slight element
of chaos and ad-libbing along the way. A viewer's
question relating to a cooking problem is usually
put to the chefs, further adding to the pressure upon
them to complete their dishes in the time allowed.
Each programme lasts forty five minutes and the show
is aired five times per week on the BBC Two channel
(usually from 1630-1715), and repeats are often shown
on UKTV Food.
Current Ready Steady Cook Chefs
Ready Steady Cook website
Steady Cook (Australian version)
Steady Cook is a cookery show that airs on the Australian
television station Network 10. The idea was taken
from the original series on the BBC (see Ready Steady
Cook). Two teams (Capsicum and Tomato) compete against
each other, both trying to create the best entrée,
meal and dessert in a 20-minute time limit. The show
is sponsored by Coles and Continental, it was hosted
by former chef Nick Stratford and former Channel 9
personality Peter Everett took over the hosting job
in January 2006 to coincide with Ten's new daytime
featured on the show
Carol Selva Rajah
A celebrity version of Ready Steady Cook Australia
also aired during prime time for a brief period in
2005. The following celebrities have appeared at least
once, though others have also been seen on the show,
both during the regular series and prime time celebrity
List of Celebrities
Monique Mueller (nee Monique Edelstein)
Ryan Fitzy Fitzgerald