THESE are the contestants competing to be named Britain’s Best Home Cook on the BBC.
Mary Berry is returning to telly to act as a judge once again as these passionate hopefuls are put through a comprehensive range of culinary challenges. Let’s meet them…
Katie describes herself as an “everyday home cook” who shows her pride in Welsh heritage in her recipes
Who are the Britain’s Best Home Cookcontestants?
Katie, 32, lives in Neath, South Wales along with her husband Alan.
She is a 999 Police Emergency call handler and dispatcher.
Katie, who credits her husband for igniting her passion for home cooking, has recipes from her Welsh heritage that can be traced back as a far as three of four generations.
She describes herself as an “everyday home cook” who loves to cook homely recipes, stews and casseroles to feed her friends and family.
Dipa never uses a cookbook and instead relies on her natural instincts and simple ingredients to prepare her meals
Dipa is a 44-year-old civil servant from Wolverhampton.
The mum-of-three says she was interested in cooking from an early age and was making curries by the age of 11.
Dipa never uses a cookbook and instead opts to rely on her natural instincts and simple ingredients to prepare her meals.
Her cooking takes its inspiration from a combination of her father’s Kenyan heritage and her mother’s Indian.
Fiona loves cooking farmhouse kitchen style food and creates feats to make her family happy
Fiona is a 59-year-old retired shopkeeper from County Down, Northern Ireland.
Her passion for cooking began when she was 15 after she started collecting Robert Carrier Cookery magazines and her hobby quickly formed an obsession.
Fiona lives with her husband and the couple has four sons and two daughters.
She loves cooking farmhouse kitchen style food and creates feats to make her family happy.
Wine consultant and entrepreneur Cyrus was hoping to become Britain’s Best Home Cook
Cyrus is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from York.
He is also a wine consultant and started cooking properly when he was 16.
Cryus loves creating French or Italian dishes and says he strives to be ambitious in his home cooking.
He is fascinated by the process of combining ingredients and flavours to create dishes.
In week four the contestants had to make a roast dinner and then something that was made with crab – Cyrus and Tobi then faced the elimination round.
They had to make Apple Charlotte but unfortunately, the judges sent Cyrus home.
He said: “I’m very sad to be leaving. I’ve loved the competition. It’s unbelievably hard work.”
Cyrus then added: “It’s stressful, you go through the emotional wringer, but in a fantastic way. You meet brilliant people, you learn so much and it is so fun.”
Josie prides herself on being an instinctive cook in that she never follows a recipe
Josie is a 37-year-old Wealth Client Executive who lives in Glasgow.
She credits her grandparents and mother cooking as the foundation for her own culinary passion.
Josie often recreates her favourite Filipino dishes that remind her of being back in the Philippines.
She prides herself on being an instinctive cook in that she never follows a recipe.
Maths teacher Philip was greatly inspired by Delia’s Complete Cookery Course growing up
Philip is a 48-year-old maths teacher from Surrey.
He was raised on traditional British cuisine while growing up in the Seventies and it still remains what he loves to cook most.
Philip says prawn cocktail, a roast with all the trimmings and Black Forest gateau with a more modern take would be his ideal menu.
Philip was greatly inspired by Delia’s Complete Cookery Course growing up and it remains his cookery book-bible.
The judges will ask the cooks to demonstrate individual flair, skill, creativity and breadth in their home cooking
Pippa is a 28-year-old home cook from Salford.
She also works as an oncology research biobank technician.
Pippa was taught how to cook by her grandparents who provided homely food.
She often perused a Chinese supermarket near her during her youth which is what drew her to her love of Asian food.
Q describes her style of home cooking as very continental with French influences using simple ingredients
Q, 38, is a children’s A & E nurse from Balcombe in West Sussex.
She was raised in Slovakia where food was central to her family life.
Q still prefers to cook with her mother’s knife which she has used for years.
She describes her style of home cooking as very continental with French influences using simple ingredients.
Each of the home cooks will bring a piece of home with them to personalise their kitchen stations in the studio
Tobi is a 27-year-old compliance manager from London.
He started cooking with his mum and gran at the age of seven.
Tobi became the stand-in cook for his three brothers whenever his parents were busy.
His cooking is inspired by his British Nigerian heritage and he has a love of all things, French.
Farmer Trevor has a heartfelt appreciation of ingredients and enjoys cooking with spices
Trevor is a 29-year-old farmer from Kent.
Due to his farming background, he has a heartfelt appreciation of ingredients and the process of producing them.
Trevor has a fondness for bold flavours in his home cooking and enjoys cooking with spices.