Food on BBC Two

BBC Two has a rich heritage of fantastic food programmes, each with the love of great food at its core but also with a sprinkle of something extra."Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two
Date: 26.04.2012     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.20
Category: BBC Two
Today BBC Two announces a whole host of new food series with an eclectic mix of programmes. Showing everything from the best of British food, to Italian family feasts and a journey across China, BBC Two has a gastronomic banquet on offer.

Not content with just bringing inventive and new ideas to our tables, some of our cooks will also embark on lifestyle campaigns and once in a lifetime adventures as BBC Two journeys across the culinary world, exploring food with cooks that are champions of creativity.

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, says: “BBC Two has a rich heritage of fantastic food programmes, each with the love of great food at its core but also with a sprinkle of something extra. Whether it’s insight into where different foods came from, as in the recent Our Food, how and when they became popular, what they mean to people or a forensic approach to the humble sponge cake in The Great British Bake Off, BBC Two is the place to see passionate people doing great things with mouth-wateringly delicious food.”

This autumn Nigella makes her return to BBC Two in Nigellissima, offering up delicious dishes with a distinctively Italian influence. In her new series Nigella takes us on a journey of discovery as she brings her passion for Italian food to the table, reflecting her time living and working in Italy and the lasting influence it has had on her cooking. 

Throughout the series Nigella invites us into the kitchen to enjoy her fresh and inspiring take on Italian cooking whilst making it quick, easy and accessible in her own unique and passionate style. Nigellissima will show how we can all be Italian in our own kitchens.

Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats, BBC One and Two, says: “We are excited to welcome back some of the nation’s best cooks from Nigella and Rick Stein to the Hairy Bikers and Ken Hom for a whole host of new series on the channel. From China to India and back again, the series are entertaining, intelligent and at times intensely personal portrayals of the countries they visit and the food they love.”

A little further afield, BBC Two will follow Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang as they return to the land of their origin to Eat, Drink, Cook China (working title). Exploring Chinese cuisine, peoples and heritage via food, Ken and Ching will journey deep into China’s traditional and contemporary food culture, and also re-examine their own relationships with the country.

And as we continue along our culinary journey, Rick Stein will be taking us to India in Rick Stein’s India (working title) to uncover what the word ‘curry’ really means and how differently it can be interpreted as he searches for the definitive answer.

But with eyes on our waistlines, New Year’s resolutions a distant memory and the summer in sight, the Hairy Bikers will be urging the nation to join them as they embark on a new slimline life in The Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight. Using tips and recipes from the British public, the Bikers will encourage you to join them on their quest to lead healthier lives.

And finally, for a sweet treat with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, The Great British Bake Off will be returning for a third series to find Britain’s best amateur baker.

Photo credit: Hugo Burnand