What's Cooking On TV?

With Mary Berry starting her new six part series 'Mary Berry Cooks' on Monday night this week, I thought it might be worth giving readers some advanced notice of two new cookery shows beginning on TV in the near future.

In her brand new series, Mary Berry, the food writer and 'Great British Bake Off' judge provided step-by-step instructions for recipes in her own kitchen. From sandwiches to scones, the debut episode saw Berry offer tips on how to host a traditional tea party. She was even joined by her granddaughters, who helped her make butterfly cakes for the event. That was more money for the family, bringing in the kids! The cook also visited a plantation in Cornwall to find out how tea was grown. If you don't want to miss the next five shows, then tune in to BBC2 on Monday evenings at 8.30pm.

This year's 'Great British Menu' banquet at St Paul's Cathedral begins in early April and commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June 1944. To win a place on the menu, the celebrity chefs must produce 21st century dishes, worthy of war heroes, inspired by their research of past dishes - both at home and abroad. Pru Leigh (one of my wife's judges in her 1992 Masterchef regional heat), Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort (below) return to judge the first of the heats on Monday 7 April on BBC2.

Comedy actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return to our screens on 4th April at 10.00pm for a second series of BBC Two's 'The Trip', this time a gourmet adventure in Italy. The pair follow part of the grand tour taken by Romantic poets Byron and Shelley - from Liguria to Capri taking in Tuscany, Rome and Amalfi. As well as dining in some of the best restaurants, there will be acerbic banter and plenty of memorable one-liners.


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