BBC’s Celebration Kitchen Live celebrates Eid, serving up special dishes and connecting audiences during isolation
In a vibrant Eid special to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, host Matt Tebbutt is joined by Adil Ray to present a festive edition of the BBC’s live cookery show.
During these incredibly challenging times, it’s only natural that the BBC is bringing this very special Eid show to the nation. Eid is about thinking of others and spending time together.
With many families, friends and neighbours across Britain unable to share food and spend time together this year, audiences will be shown how to prepare a delicious Eid spread with tips on how to celebrate during this challenging time.
Matt and Adil chat to national treasure Mo Farah and comedian Nabil Abdulrashid who have inspiring and entertaining stories; and Nadiya Hussain will also share a special message to add to the celebrations.
Chef Asma Khan will be serving up two dishes; her Lamb Raan showstopper and a scrumptious Indian bread pudding. Meanwhile Chef Saliha Mahmood Ahmed teaches Matt how to make a sweet potato chaat that will put smiles on everyone’s faces.
Celebration Kitchen Live will be bringing audiences the best from the food archives, with a tour of Eid delicacies enjoyed around the world from favourites including Nigel Slater and Rick Stein.
Matt Tebbutt says: “It’s great to have the opportunity to gather more of an insight on this amazing festival.”
Adil Ray says: “During these incredibly challenging times, it’s only natural that the BBC is bringing this very special Eid show to the nation. Eid is about thinking of others and spending time together. I hope, regardless of our faith or background, we can all enjoy the culinary delights of our wonderful chefs and welcome a great big dollop of Eid joy into our living rooms. ”
Saliha Mahmood Ahmed says: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved in Celebration Kitchen. Eid is an amazingly spiritual, fun and family centred festival. To be able to share the food we eat with everyone in their homes is like celebrating with them. I just cannot wait!”
Asma Khan says: “Often Ramadan is seen as a month of fasting but I have always seen it as a test of your resilience and self-control. I find parallels with what we have all experienced with the lockdown, a time for resilience and faith that we will all come out of this safe; and the need to sacrifice our freedom to do as we please or eat when we want.
"Eid is a joyous feast. Beyond just the celebration of food with family, it is a celebration of having spent a month in prayer, introspection and fasting. I am so delighted Saturday Kitchen and the BBC are hosting this special Eid episode to give all of those who are celebrating, and those who are not, a window into a festival that is so important to so many people in this country and around the world. Like so many festivals, Eid is about food and I cannot imagine a better place to showcase the food than Saturday Kitchen.”
Celebration Kitchen Live will air on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday 24 May at 10.45am.
Celebration Kitchen Live is a Cactus TV production. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Alex McLeod. The Executive Producer for Cactus TV is Amanda Ross.