Series 1

Sixteen members of the public battle it out in a culinary challenge

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Episode 15

In a thrilling final, two chefs go head-to-head for the competition title.

Fri 23 Jul 2010 20:30 BBC ALBA

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  • Còcaire nan Còcairean - Series 2:

    Tha MNE Media gu bhi a' riochdachadh sreath ùr den fharpais còcaireachd Còcaire nan Còcairean airson BBC ALBA. Ma tha ùidh agaibhse pàirt a ghabhail anns an t-sreath phrògraman seo airson còcairean aig a h-uile ìre gheibh sibh fiosrachadh mun fharpais ann an seo. Bithear a' filmeadh an t-sreath aig toiseach an Iuchair le sùil gum bidh e air BBC ALBA as t-Fhoghar.

  • Còcaire nan Còcairean Series 2 Rules:

    Còcaire nan Còcairean is a series commissioned by BBC ALBA* from the production company MNE Media.

    Who can compete

    1 - The competition is open to all Gaelic speaking individuals residing in the UK, including the Channel Islands, who are aged 16 or over at the closing deadline date on 29/06/2009

    2 - Members of BBC or its affiliates staff or their near relatives or staff or close relatives to staff who work for associated entities cannot compete.

    3 - Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

    *BBC ALBA is a partnership between the BBC and MG ALBA

  • How to compete:

    4 - Between 19/06/2009 and 26/06/2009, any individuals who want to compete should apply by writing to Còcaire nan Còcairean, MNE Media, The Pentagon Centre, 36 Washington Street, Glasgow G3 8AZ or by e-mail marked Còcaire nan Còcairean to Every entry must provide the names and addresses and contact details of the contestant as well as information on their planned menu.

    5 - The BBC / Production Company may vary the closing dates for the applications.

    6 – The proposed filming dates at Studio MG ALBA in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis:-
    The qualifying heats from 30/06/2009 – 02/07/2009.
    The quarter-finals from 02/07/2009 – 03/07/2009
    The semi-final on 04/07/2009
    The final on 06/07/2009
    The production company MNE Media will organize travel and accommodation costs for the contestants at it’s sole discretion.

    7 – The competition will be filmed in full and edited for broadcast.

    8 - In the qualifying rounds each competitor must prepare a two course meal (main course + starter or dessert) against the clock in front of a live studio audience and a panel of three judges. All preparation, cooking and plating must be completed within 60 minutes. The maximum expenditure on the main ingredients must not exceed £30. Store cupboard ingredients will be available in the studio and a complete list will be issued to all contestants at least 14 days in advance of filming. All kitchen equipment and presentation plates will be provided.

  • How to compete (continued):

    9 – All competitors must be fluent to conversational level in Scottish Gaelic as they will have to discuss their menu and the preparation with the programme presenter during cooking.

    10 – Winners progressing to the quarter finals, semi-finals and the grand final will be required to cook a totally different menu for each round of the contest. Chefs will also be presented with a specific challenge for inclusion in their menu during these rounds and will receive notification of these when their specific filming dates are confirmed.

    11 – All contestants advancing to the final round will be required to prepare a different menu to that in the previous rounds. The menu must be a three-course dinner party for one person consisting of a starter, main course and dessert. The time allowed for cooking and plating will be 80 minutes.

  • Scoring:

    12 - The contestants’ cooking will be assessed by a panel of three independent judges, with experience in the hospitality industry. Each judge will score the contestants out of a maximum 10 points . In the event of a tie, the Head Judge will have the casting vote.

    13 - The judges’ scoring criteria will be based on preparation techniques, presentation, originality , taste and balance.

    14 - The contestant with the highest number of votes from the judges will be pronounced the winner.

    15 - The Production company’s / BBC’s decision regarding the selected entrants as well as the judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered.

  • Intellectual Property:

    16 - The contestant will be required to assign to the Production Company the complete copyright and all other rights for all purposes (incl. use in all media now known or which may hereafter become known) in their contribution for the full period of copyright and any extensions, revivals or renewals thereof.

    17 - The contestant will grant the Production Company the unlimited right to edit, copy, add to, take from, adapt or translate their contributions. The contestants also waive irrevocably any “moral rights” they may have under the laws of any jurisdiction.

    18 - In order that the Production Company / BBC can use any material provided by the contestants, the contestants confirm that: (i) such material is their own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws; (ii) the contestants have the right to give the Production Company / BBC permission to use it for the purposes specified above; and (iii) the contestants have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in the material or the consent of their parent / guardian if they are under 16.

  • Intellectual Property (continued):

    19 - The Production Company / BBC may need to contact contestants for administrative or verification purposes in relation to the material or in relation to particular projects. For full details of when and how we may contact you please see the BBC's Privacy Policy plus any local terms where applicable.

    20 - If contestants do not wish to grant the Production Company / BBC the permission set out above on these terms, they should not enter the competition.

    The Prize:

    21 - The winner from each round will go forward to the next stage. There will be a total of 4 rounds.

    22 - The ultimate winner (after all rounds are completed) will be awarded the Còcaire nan Còcairean trophy and a week’s trip for two people to a premier cook school, including reasonably incurred travel and accommodation costs which will be agreed in advance.

  • Other:

    23 - The first runner-up in each round will receive a set of kitchen utensils and the winner will progress to the next stage of the competition.

    24 - The prize is as stated. There is no cash alternative, it is not transferable and it cannot be deferred. The prizes may vary depending on circumstances beyond the Production company’s / BBC’s control.

    25 - This competition accords with the BBC Code of Conduct for Competitions, which can be found at

    26 - The Production company / BBC retain the right to cancel or to adapt the competition at any time if that is deemed an editorial necessity or if changed circumstances beyond their control call for such action.

  • Other (continued):

    27 - Contestants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

    28 - The Production Company / BBC reserves the right to disqualify any contestants who breach these rules or commit fraud. The Production Company / BBC also reserves the right to cancel a competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside its control.

    29 - The Production Company / BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. You can read more about the BBC Privacy Policy at

    30 - This competition is administered by the MNE Media / BBC and is subject to the law of Scotland.

  • BBC Guidelines:

    Editorial Guidlines Website

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