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Could you become Blue Peter's junior TV chef?

Can You Cook It? Auditions

From Friday 2nd to Sunday 11th March, the Blue Peter team, including presenters Konnie Huq and Andy Akinwolere, were on the road with their mobile kitchen in search of a junior television cook to join them in the studio throughout 2007.

 

 

Sam Nixon and Konnie Huq

1 of 15: CBBC presenter Sam Nixon and Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.
 
A contestant at the Can You Cook It? Audition

2 of 15: The contestants had to show off their skills in a special mobile kitchen, in the hope that they may become Blue Peter's new cook!
Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere

3 of 15: Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere takes part in cooking demonstrations with the BBC Good Food magazine team.
A contestant shows off his cooking skills at the Can You Cook It? Auditions

4 of 15: Out of the thousands of young hopefuls who applied, just 360 would-be TV cooks were shortlisted to attend the auditions across the UK.
Konnie Huq, Sam Nixon and Hardeep Kohli

5 of 15: Hardeep Kohli, comedian and runner up in Celebrity MasterChef, joined Konnie at every audition. They were joined in Leeds by special guest Sam Nixon.
A Can You Cook It? contestant

6 of 15: TV chefs have to be able to talk and cook at the same time!
 
Blue Peter's Andy Akinwolere at a cooking demonstration

7 of 15: Andy Akinwolere adds the icing to the cake at a cooking demonstration.
 
Sam Nixon and Hardeep Kohli

8 of 15: CBBC presenter Sam Nixon was one of the special guest judges at the Leeds audition.
Can You Cook It? contestant

9 of 15: When you're cooking on live TV, there are lots of things that can go wrong - so it's handy to have 'one I prepared earlier'!
Contestants wait there turn at the Can You Cook It? auditions

10 of 15: Fellow contestants await their turn anxiously!
 
Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere

11 of 15: Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere cooks up a feast in front of the budding young chefs.
Can You Cook It? contestant

12 of 15: Contestants didn't have to be the best cook in the world, but they did need to have what it takes to present their recipes on TV.
Can You Cook It? judging panel

13 of 15: It was a tough choice for the judging panel, as the standard was very high!
Can You Cook It? contestant

14 of 15: Move over Jamie, Gordon, Antony and Delia!
 
Can You Cook It? judging panel

15 of 15: Could the judges be looking at a TV chef of the future?
 

 

 

Where did they go?

The Blue Peter team travelled to Glasgow, Leeds, Peterborough, Cardiff, Exeter and London auditioning children aged between 7 and 14 for this unique opportunity.

 

What happens next?

The 12 finalists will go on to take part in a residential boot camp with the Blue Peter presenters where they will learn skills in TV presenting and cooking.

After the boot camp, three finalists will be chosen to come to the Blue Peter Studio for the final cook off. Blue Peter viewers will then vote for the Blue Peter Cook of 2007.



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