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      03.12.2012 05:00

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      When the hell are they going to stop the constant repeats of ready steady cook!..I used to like the show but not now...I am sure their ratings must be suffering...Here's a sugestion!....How about some new shows "and" some new chefs!....Boring the bejesus out of me (and thousands more!)..The show needs a dam good dressing up..Bring Peter back eh!...I tell you what, if another channel grabed him and started something simmilar it would be by by ready steady cook!..Who is the "Einstien" who is in charge of production..Needs his/her arse kicked in my opinion...Give me the job..I have no experience at all in producing a tv show....Cant be any worse!

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      08.06.2010 19:55
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      Best thing on at that time of day!

      Ready steady cook is a cookery competition made up of two teams. Each team has a celebrity chef and a member of the public. Sometimes the contestants on the two teams are related or friends and other times they are complete strangers. The two contestants each have a budget (usually £5 or £10 each) and can buy ingredients up to this value. It is then the job of the celebrity chef to use these ingredients to make a selection of dishes.

      Sometimes there are special conditions, such as they need to work around a vegetarian or low fat diet. The other help they get is that the host Ansley Harriet, gives them a hand whilst finding out more about the contestants. They also have fully stocked cupboards and fridges with items such herbs and spices, cream and butter, as these are essential in most recipes.

      Each team cooks their dishes and then at the end the audience votes with cards on which team did the best with their ingredients. I have always thought that this is a really dumb idea, how can you judge a cookery competition on how something looks, without even tasty it?

      They now have an extra round at the end where the chefs get a bag of ingredients and each make suggestions of what they will cook. The audience votes on who they want to cook and then the 2 chefs and Ainsley go about cooking these dishes.

      The idea behind ready steady cook is to give viewers idea for what they cook for dinner etc. I have never really thought it was a good idea. Most meals are at least £5 plus stock ingredients and take 2 people, around 25 minutes to cook and prepare. Perhaps everyone else has a great family where everyone pitches in and it gets done in no time. In my house, you couldn't all fit in the kitchen at the same time and if you did, you would get under each others feet, so it often just one person cooking, meaning it would take double the time they give. If they wanted to give idea for meals, they could have made it so much more achievable.

      Despite any negative comments I may give about this show, I do enjoy watching it and on some occasions, I have actually managed to pick up some ideas for dinners. I do however have one major critism of the show, and that is how much fat they put into the dishes. These days we're all being told to reduce our fat intake and eat better. When you tune into this show, all you see is the chefs adding oil and butter or cream and it makes me mad. Anyone can make tasty food by adding these ingredients. The real challenge would be to make healthy, tasty meals, that we can all eat everyday.

      I have watched ready steady cook for about 10 years now and still enjoy. Ainsley makes a great host and I much prefer him to Fern Britain, he is funny and really seems to connect with the contestants. I have enjoyed most of the episode I watch but my favourite was a special show with Mo and Charlie from East Enders. They don't often have celebrity guests as contestants, but when they do, it makes great viewing.

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      17.05.2010 16:36
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      Great cookery gameshow that's quite challenging

      I've always wished I could cook a bit better than I actually can and although I'm not always a big fan of cookery programmes in general, I quite like Ready Steady Cook as it's not just cooking but a competition as well and you can still learn from it.

      Ready Steady Cook is a daytime programme on BBC TV so I don't always get much of a chance to watch it unless I'm in. It was first aired in 1994 and originally it was hosted by Fern Britton. In 2000 the show was taken over by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott who started hosting it and I think he's very good and funny too. At the moment the show is about 45 minutes long which is more than enough time.

      The idea of the show is fairly simple and involves two individuals competing against each other. This used to be two members of the public but increasingly nowadays is celebrities. The two individuals provide a bag of ingredients they have bought with them on a set budget of about £5. The two teams are designated two different kitchens in which to cook and are also assigned a chef each to help them.

      As the time starts the chefs proceed to make several dishes from the ingredients provided to them which can be a challenge at times even for them. They normally get around twenty minutes and get assisted throughout by the contestant in question and the programme host.

      When finished the dishes that have been created in the time limit are voted on by the studio audience and hold up cards to represent which team they think should win. Compared to today's standards the prize money is small and the winner gets a cash prize of around £100, but that's good as it means contestants come on as they love cooking rather than for greed. Celebrity guests will normally donate to charity anyway.

      I've always thought this particular TV Programme is pretty entertaining and interesting as their is some laughs mixed in and is frantic with the small time limit. No matter how good the chef is too there's a certain amount of challenge involved too.

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      31.03.2010 22:00
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      WHY I THINK THIS SHOW HAS HAD IT'S DAY!!

      Ready steady cook is suprisingly a cooking show which has been running for a impressive 16 years. It first aired in October 1994. The show is became very successful. It became a bit of a phenomenon amongst the student population. I remember I was in university when this show first aired and I loved nothing better than coming home and settling down to see what the two celebrity chefs could rustle up.

      The main format of the show was that Fern Britton would host and invite two members of the audience to come and cook. They would bring with them a bag with a variety of ingredients. The budget would be £5. The celebrity chef would then have to rustle up a variety of dishes from the bag of ingredients.

      There were two kitchens in the studio. Each run by a celebrity chef. These kitchens were seperated into two teams red tomato and green pepper. The audience would decide at the end of the show who was the winner by holding cards infront of them with either a green pepper or red tomato on the front. All very technical, im sure you'd agree.

      Although the show was quite simplistic in format. I think it was this simplicity that made the show so popular. The rules were easy to follow. Also the chefs only had 20 minutes to cook the dish. The whole show only lasted 30 minutes which was long enough to capture the audience's attention.

      Fern Britton was a fantastic host and had the ability to keep a tight ship. Often things would go wrong with food burning or a pan catching fire. But Fern had the unflappable abilty to keep calm and keep the show running. She has such a warm and friendly personality that she made the show seem genuine and honest. She had an excellent ability to find out about the contestants lives whilst also keeping the audience up to speed on what was going on in the kitchen.

      The show is now hosted by Ainsley Harriott and has been since 2000. I have to say, since Ainsley took over the show is not as good as it used to be. Obviously the show now has a bigger budget. The contestants in the last few years are more often than not celebrities. ' I use that term loosely' The simple cards that the audience used to vote with have now been replaced by handsets and the show is now 45 mins long as they have introduced an extra cooking feature where the chefs have to produce a dish from the bag that Ainsley produces.

      I still love the format of the show. However I do think that by trying to improve the show they have actually made it less appealing. Ainsley Harriott is really irritating and it is obvious that he bugs the living daylights out of the other chefs. He tries to interfere all the time and concentrates more on cooking than presenting. This leaves the show looking rather disjointed. It is quite cringeworthy to watch Ainsley at times as he does not have a natural ability to converse with the contestants and often asks them a question they have already answered.

      Another thing that annoys me about this show is the fact that there is no way the meat that they cook is cooked through. I know that chefs do like to serve their meat rare. But as my husband often exclaims a good vet could bring this meat back. Not only does the meat look raw it also screams food poisoning. I worry if people cooking these dishes are actually putting themselves at risk of a tummy bug.

      One more thing that annoys me is the fact that they have a bag of ingredients but then they go and get butter, cheese and various other ingredients from the ' store cupboard' occasionally they will even trade a bit of their ingredients for a bit of the other teams which to me totally goes against the rules of the show.

      All in all though the show is entertaining. I love the fact that the winning team gets to donate the £100 prize to charity. The show has been running for such a long time that it has earned quite alot of affection from the viewers. However I do feel that this show is becoming outdated and certainly overtaken by todays more zingy and entertaining cooking programmes. I think they should get rid of Ainsley and maybe then they will stand a chance of survival!!!

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        03.02.2010 17:50
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        A great show that you should try to watch if you can!

        Ready Steady Cook is an iconic show, having been around since 1994 when it was present by Fern Britton for 6 years. Ainsley Harriot took over in 2000 and he is still with the show today.

        The show is on every weekday at 4:30 for 45 minutes on BBC 2 and makes a great after work/school TV show to relax to and maybe even get ideas for your dinner from.

        The show consists of two parts, the 20 minute cook-off competition, which is known as the "Main Course" and the "Quickie Bag" which is a bag presented by a member of th audience.

        The Main Course has two teams, The Red Kitchen (tomatoe) and the Green Kitchen (pepper). Each team has a chef, and a celebrity guest. Previously, the guest was a member of the public, but this has changed now and is always a celebrity. The celebrities are usually part of a duo - husband and wife, or on the same TV programme etc.

        Each guest must bring an ingredients bag and are given a cost limit which is usually £7.50 or £10.00. It has been known that a surprise bag i used, or a £3.50 limit has been set.

        The brilliance of the ingredient bag is that the chef doesn't know what is in there until the show, and so they need to think of what they will make on the spot. I think this is a great part of the show as they come up with amazing meals!

        While the cooks and celebrties are cooking for 20 minutes, Ainsley goes between the celebrities, discussing what they are cooking, and also their working and home life.

        After the twenty minutes are up - and it has to be exactly 20 minutes! - the celebrities get to taste the food they have made, before the audience use their electronic keypads to vote for which chef they think did the best with the ingredients they were given.

        The winner wins a plate, with the runner up winning a mug - not very good prizes! However, the celebrity also wins £1,000 for a charity of their choice.

        After this round, Ainsley goes to a member of the audience who has brought along a bag of ingredients. This person usually has a specific requirement - food for the family/gluten free/using chillis/easy to make/vegetarian... etc.

        The chefs then come up with a few dishes that they would make and the audience votes again as to who they would like to see cook. The winner cooks, whilst Ainsley and the other chef assist them, and then the member of the audience gets to try what has been created.

        I think Ainsley is a good host for the show, he keeps the show flowing and chats very well to the chefs, the celebrities and the audience. He asks the questions that people want to know about the food and is generally a good, if slightly irritating at times, host.

        The chefs are always brilliant and I am constantly impressed and surprised with what dishes they manage to come up with, with what can sometimes be a seemngly hopeless bag!

        The current chefs are:

        * Gino D'Acampo
        * Garrey Dawson
        * Alex Mackay
        * Nick Nairn
        * Paul Rankin
        * James Tanner
        * Tony Tobin
        * Brian Turner
        * Phil Vickery
        * Lesley Waters
        * Richard Phillips
        * Maria Elia
        * Ed Baines

        I have used a lot of the recipes that are created on the show and the recipes can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/food which is very useful.

        Because of the 20 minute timeframe, the dishes are always easy and quick to create which is encouraging.

        The show is also in Italy, Australia and America although I am sure ours is the best!!

        There are a few books available from the show, and I know they have quite a few cooking products available too now.

        A great show - watch it if you can!

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          27.01.2010 17:26
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          A Fabulous Programme

          Ready steady cook has been going for as long as I can remember. It used to be presented by Ferne Britton many a moon ago but now it's presented by the hugely colourful and slightly camp gentleman, Ainsley Harriott.

          I've seen a few other countries versions but have to say ours is the best ; ) other countries don't seem to mind at all if the chefs finish a few minutes after the deadline but us plucky Brits demand the Chefs finish dead on the time limit

          For those who aren't familiar with the programme, two teams (green peppers and red tomatoes) consisting of a chef and a contestant go head to head to create a fantastic feast that must be ready to eat in 20 minutes. The ingredients are brought in by said contestants in little bags that are revealed to the chefs for the first time on air (so no time to formulate sneaky plans).

          After the twenty minutes are up the contestants get to dig in (the lucky souls) the audience then vote for their favourite using high tech coputer based sorcery (no humble white cards here anymore), the prize for the winner is a RSC plate while the prize for the loser is...a mug (hehe). Although the prizes are lame the contestants get a fantastic meal along with an exciting and usually quite practical and do-able recipe.

          After the main event theres a quickie bag, which comes from a member of the audience, usually having certain stipulations for the chef like an all vegetarian or vegan bag or something to keep the kids happy, providing some good inspiration for specific groups of people...which is fab!!!!

          Returning to the choice of presenter I think Ainsley is the best choice for the role, his natural energy and enthusiasm is contagious and keeps the show driven forward. At times he struggles but we can forgive him that as he seems to be such a vibrant and positive guy. In the past he was incredibly saucey but I think he's been asked to tone it down a bit, with cheeky little lines such as "I like a girl who loves a bit of black sausage" providing a light hearted and almost flirty feel that offset the tension created by the frenetic hive of activity coming from each kitchen.

          Many chefs have featured in the programme with a few returning as regular fixtures, some of my personal favourites include chef Brian Turner- a no nonsense yorkshireman excelling in good rustic fayre and Nick Nairns- a self taught Scottish chef with two restaurants to his name (although now it's only one I'm afraid). The creativity the chefs continuously spew out is inspiring and the 20 minute time limit means that even busy mums (or dads) can absorb some of it and try out the ideas on their families.

          I think there could be more shows like this on that champion positivity and enthusiasm and encourage us to get into the kitchen and have a good go.

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          07.01.2010 17:53
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          A Fantastic Show On BBC2 Weekdays At 4.30PM.

          Ready Steady Cook is a television cooking programme which is shown on weekdays on BBC2 at 4:30pm (subject to change) and has been running since 1994 when it was originally hosted by Fern Britton and has been hosted by Ainsley Harriott ever since.

          The show runs for around 45 minutes and sometimes there will be members of the public cooking on the show although in recent times it seems to be more celebrities (quite often sporting ones) and this brings in slightly higher viewing figures as more people want to tune in to find out more about their favourite stars or celebrities.

          The aim of the show is to have two people who each cook in a small kitchen (red or green) with a selection of ingredients which may vary from show to show. Sometimes the contestants get to select their own items with a budget of £5, £7.50 or £10.00 and other times they will receive a bag with already selected goods such as a £3.50 budget bag and other times there is a lucky dip bag where you will get to select 5 mystery items out of 10 and then halfway through cooking a 6th item will be selected. All items must be used in the recipe so the 6th item can help or hinder the cook depending on what it is.

          The cooks will make meals and then the studio audience will use their electronic handheld buttons to vote for who they want to win. The winner will then receive a prize (if they are celebrities then they will donate to a charity of their choice) and sometimes it is a very close contested race.

          The show is always interesting and I love to see the different ingredients that the cooks are provided with. Some days they have just ridiculous ingredients and I always wonder how they are going to make edible meals but I am often pleasantly surprised with the delicious looking (and sounding) meals that they make with just a few pound and I have picked up quite a few recipes from this in the past.

          One of my favourite things about this show is that they are cooking while they chat and everything is in real time so if there is a component that's tricky to achieve then you get to see exactly how it is done and if you have sky + then you can record this and then watch it in parts while you cook your recipes.

          There is always panic towards the end of the show as they have just two minutes to finish off their meals (they have a time limit of 30 minutes) and occasionally there will be problems such as someone dropping their food on the floor or someone burning themselves so it always makes for very interesting watching.

          I do enjoy seeing celebrity cooks on the show but sometimes I feel like they are trying to take over and usually Ainsley will keep them in their place which is always fun to see!

          The audience are always quite involved with the show and I like to see them shouting encouragement out towards the end and I am always interested to see whether the majority will agree with my opinion of who should win the show.

          Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable show and on the occasion I get to see it I am very happy with the quality of the show. I have picked up lots of different tips and recipes through watching the show and although some of the things are a little weird (sprout puree is one that springs to mind) I always find myself very impressed with how quickly the cooks think of something to make with their strange ingredients.

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            30.03.2009 16:52
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            A interesting cookery show

            This programme looked as though perhaps the format had had its day - but then along comes the credit crunch and we all need to know how to tighten our belts (!) and cook good cheap meals.

            The idea of this show is that two members of the public - usually friends, or reations, or linked in some way spend £5 on ingredients and then together with the celebrity chef they cook up something amazing in only 20 minutes.

            Depending on the ingredients this could be a main course or a dessert but almost certainly the ingredients tend to be for a main course. They do cheat a little bit because they also have a "stock cupboard" which contains lots of extra ingredients that you need to make the dish work - such as cream and herbs. They always seem to find a bottle of wine in their as well - so the £5 meal tag is a little false.

            I like the idea that it is all done in real time so you do get to see the chefs whizzing about the studio. The programme is hosted by Ainslie Harriet - who tends to be a love him or loathe him character, personaly I find him quite amusing and he does talk a lot a sense at times - he doesn't put on any heirs and graces and just gives honest comments.

            When this programme first started it was hosted by Fern britton and Ainslie was just another one of the chefs but I think he makes a better host than Fern.

            It is also a game show because the audience has to vote on the team it thinks was the best - strange idea when they don't get to taste it so the winner tends to be the one that looks the best.

            I really don't understand the point of the final part of the show when Ainslie does some cooking - perhaps this is just so he doesn't forget he is a chef!!

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            05.10.2008 21:41
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            a good cookery programme

            Over the last few years the introduction of the so called 'celebrity chef's' of which there are a fair few, Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson to name a few, has made cooking very popular. There are loads of television shows based around food and cooking and the number still continues to rise because at the end of the day we love food and are genuinely intrigued as to how these chef's manage to put such delicious dishes together.

            Although there are loads of new cookery programmes out there 'ready steady cook' still remains one of my favourites, its simple structure and the charming nature of Ainsley Harriot (oh, there's another celebrity chef!) make the show ideal for easy viewing. The format is great, two guests from the audience join two celebrity chefs (there's that word again!) and present them with a bag of food items which they have no idea of prior, I think the food has to cost no more than £5.00, but they let the guests off if its only a few pence over. Some guests bring better bags than others and some can be a real challenge for the chefs as some of the ingredients tend to be rather odd and don't go together, its very interesting. They then have about twenty minutes to cook up a dish and present it on the plate with the help of their guest, during this time Ainsley is asking questions to both the guest and chef about themselves and how they are preparing the food so the viewers can take notes and tips as they go. Once finished they serve up the food and the two teams get to taste both the food they have prepared and the other team's food - they always say its lovely! Then the audience decide who the winning team is as Ainsley exclaims "will it be a green pepper.....or a red tomato?," probably the funniest part of the show. Once the winner has been declared it's the chefs turn to take charge. They are given another bag of food and have to say what they would make from it, the audience then chooses which option sounds best and they make the dish they have just described with a bit of help from the other chef, its usually a desert, but not always.

            The television show has been around for many years now and is still going strong, there has even been a celebrity version of the show in which celebrities appear on the show and bring their own bag of food, this is really funny because you find out if they can cook or not and some of them are hopeless, barely able to boil an egg!

            Definitely one of the best cookery programmes on television in my opinion, you won't be disappointed if you tune in and will pick up some great recipes and get many hints from the chefs too. *****

            Thanks for reading, hope I didn't make you too hungry.

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              16.09.2008 18:19
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              I love food and cooking so this is the show for me

              I love Ready Steady Cook, its not on at the minute and that makes me sad :(

              When it is on TV, its on BBC 2 from 4.30 to 5.15pm, Ainsley Harriot is the latest presenter of this cookery show.
              In the past there have been many presenters including This Mornings Fern Britton.
              There are shows when Celebrities compete and then the winnings go to charity.

              The show is in 2 parts, the main challenge and the quickie challenge!


              The main challenge:
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              Usually its just 2 members of the public who get to buy a bag of food, with a specific budget, this always used to be £5 but now there are 'gourmet bags' which can cost up to £10 on some shows.
              Anyway, the contestant goes shopping and spends their budget, they then bring in this bag of food (not in plastic bags anymore for the sake of the environment of course!) and the 2 celebrity chefs on the show have to create a meal in 20 minutes from the ingredients.

              Aswell as the bag of ingredients, they also are allowed to use what they call 'store cupboard' ingredients such as oils, seasonings and bread: stuff you'd normally have in your cupboard at home.

              There are 2 kitchens working against each other; the red tomato kitchen and the green pepper kitchen, each kitchen has a chef and a contestant in it with matching aprons!
              The chefs are given their opportunity to tell the audience (and us at home) what they think they're going to create and then the clock starts....

              In the countdown of 20 minutes, Ainsley Harriot talks to both teams and see's how they're doing, finding a bit out about the contestants too.

              I love watching this bit as its amazing the amount of food they can create out of a bag of ingredients worth only £5 usually!

              At the end of their 20 minutes they have to plate up all the food and make it look even more impressive, Ainsley Harriot then talks us through 'the menu' and the audience have to vote which chef's meal they prefer and who they think did the best. To vote the audience hold up one of 2 cards 'Red tomato' or 'Green pepper' and then the computer adds them up and the winner is declared!
              The contestants also taste the food, the lucky people!

              The winning contestant gets a Ready Steady Cook plate and the loser gets a mug!



              The quickie challenge:
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              A member of the audience, usually from a food based organisation produces a bag of food, for example a dairy farmer would bring a lot of there own dairy items, there always seems to be a theme.
              The chefs are shown the bag of food and have to tell the audience what they plan to do with it again.
              The audience then vote who they want to do the quickie challenge and the other chef is then their commi chef and has to do as they are told! Usually Ainsley joins in at this point too and helps with the cooking.

              They only have 10 minutes for this challenge; hence the name!

              At the end of the challenge the member of the audience who brought the food in tastes it and gives ther opinions on what the chef has done with the food.

              Again I'm always overwhelmed at what they can do in just 10 minutes, I mean I can cook but i've only just peeled all my veg in 10 minutes!!


              The chefs
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              There are a variety of 'celebrity' chefs who take part in this show, these include:
              Gino DeCampo
              Lesley Walters
              Phil Vickery
              James Tanner
              Paul Rankin


              If you've been impressed with any of the dishes created on the show, you can check out the website for the recipes and ingredients needed too, these stay on the webite for 7 days after the show so plenty of time to check it out.



              So if you're into cooking, love food and want some new ideas or just to sit in awe of the talented chefs (like me!) then tune into to Ready, Steady, Cook!

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                29.02.2008 01:04
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                great show

                Ainsley Harriet is a great presenter. He livens up boring bits in cookery shows by showing lot of interest and infectious laughter.

                He is famous for presenting Ready Steady Cook for many years now. The show is usually made up of two teams, two guests with two professional chefs. One from each teams up to make a team.

                Each guest brings shopping consisting of veg and dried stuff, usually totalling around a fiver. The chef has to decide to make couple of things out of these. Also he uses stuff already in the cookery area.

                Both time are given same time to cook and once the time expires. People sitting in the audience vote for the best dish. Winner goes on to make something else and all four team members praise what is cooked at the end and taste it.

                Personally for me this show is for educational purposes only. I am a bad cook so I watch this show to make up for my weaknesses. Some of the stuff cooked in the show is delicious.

                Plenty more Ready Steady Cook please.

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                  Ready Steady Cook

                  Ready Steady Cook is a programme I used to watch fairly regularly years ago, but lost interest in. I have recently started watching it now and again on my days off work.

                  ~The format~

                  Two contestants - usually friends or relatives of each other, or minor celebrities- bring a bag of shopping costing no more than £5, although on special episodes this can increase to either £7.50 or £10. This can consist of anything they want - be it sweet or savoury. They are each assigned to a chef, and that chef has to come up with a recipe using these ingredients. As well as the contents of the shopping bag, the chef's are also allowed to use what they call 'store cupboard ingredients'. These are things that people are likely to have in their houses like flour, butter and herbs.

                  The chef then has 20 minutes to make the dishes, with the help of the contestant, who may have either a good knowledge of cooking, or no knowledge at all!

                  At the end of the show, the contestant gets to taste the dish and the audience vote for which recipe they preferred -by this I mean liked the look of, as the audience don't actually get to taste it! The person with the highest number of votes then wins. I think the prize is £100.

                  The last 15 minutes of the show is the quickie bag. This is where a member of the audience brings in a bag of ingredients, and each chef has to propose what they would make with them. The audience then votes on which recipe idea they like the best, and the chef who proposed it then has to make it in 10 minutes.

                  ~Presenter and Chefs~

                  When I first started watching this it was presented by Fern Britton, however Ainsley Harriot, who used to be a chef on the show, now hosts it. Even after all this time, I am not sure if this was a good decision or not. On the one hand I think Ainsley is quite fun to watch, with his innuendo and slight craziness (although I realise people can find him quite annoying), on another hand, he sometimes interferes in the kitchen quite a bit, but I suppose being a chef having to watch other people cook all day must be slightly frustrating!

                  There are several different chefs on the show, and these seem to vary. An example of some of the chefs are Nick Nairn, James Martin, Lesley Waters, Phil Vickery, Brian Turner, and Paul Rankin, but I think there may be a few more. Most of the chefs are OK, but I find Phil Vickery incredibly annoying and think he comes across as self-centred and at times just quite angry with the world!

                  ~What I think~

                  I love cooking, but don't watch a lot of cookery shows, because say for example, I switch on Jamie Oliver and he's cooking fish, seeing as I can't stand fish, I would turn off. With Ready Steady Cook, there are two chefs working at the same time, and each chef often makes multiple dishes from the contents of the bag, so it is more likely that they will be making something I would be interested in cooking myself. Also, I think it is good that the programme demonstrates that it is possible to make a decent meal in only 20 minutes, as these days when people have less time to cook it is all too easy to think a takeaway or ready meal is the only option.

                  Sometimes the meals that the chefs come up with look quite nice, but sometimes the contestants bring in such an obscure selection of ingredients, it is limited as to what the chefs can make. I'm sure I once saw an episode where all the woman brought in was chocolate!

                  It can be quite funny seeing the chefs rushing around in a panic as the clock starts counting down, and due to limited time, and often crossed wires in the heat of the moment, things frequently go wrong, which can also be entertaining.

                  ~When's it on?~

                  Ready Steady Cook is shown daily on BBC2 at 4.30pm, but is sometimes taken off air when there are sporting events on. It is also occasionally shown on UKTV Food.

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                    Whilst cooking and preparing dinner I quite often enjoy a little dose of Ready Steady Cook in my kitchen instead of the continuous flow of cartoons or power rangers on the TV.

                    The programme is pretty simple in its format, with two contestants and two "celebrity chefs". They have a green kitchen (with a green pepper logo) and a red kitchen with a red tomato logo. Each contestant brings in a bag full of food they have chosen to bring with them, the contents totalling just a fiver. The chefs then have to decide and cook something with these ingredients in 20 minutes. The best kitchen, as voted for by the audience, wins.

                    Once that part is over they have a "quickie bag", where the chefs are given some ingredients by Ainsley and they have 10 minutes to make something.

                    I have been watching RSC for years and followed the change in presenter from Fern Britton to Ainsley Harriott. I must say I still prefer Fern as a presenter but I like her in general anyway. Ainsley can be a bit too much at times and occasionally he borders on the creepy. I don't dislike him and actually find him quite funny at times but sometimes he is too over the top.

                    I enjoy the main cooking session the most, with the contestants. It is nice to see RSC have swapped from using plastic bags to carry the food in, to canvas bags. This was a bit late coming in my opinion but better late than never. I really enjoy the look on the chefs faces when they realise the contestant has brought in something particularly hard to cook - like Butternut Squash for instance. They only have 20 minutes to prepare this amazing meal in and they are really fed up sometimes. It is quite funny but I have never seen a food or ingredients not being turned into something delicious, no matter how difficult it is to cook.

                    The chefs all seem to have been on RSC for ages too and have built up a camaraderie with each other which is good to watch. I don't know if they genuinely like each other but they come across well and tease and wind each other up.

                    The camera work while the food is being prepared is great though, and they get really close in to the worktop allowing a really good view of what is being done to the food. This is essential in a cooking programme and I have learnt a few new techniques from watching. However I still can't chop an onion as quick as those guys.

                    Interspersed with the cooking Ainsley chats to the contestants asking them about their life and achievements and although this can be funny at times it is obviously rehearsed and seems false quite often which is a bit disappointing. However the chef's commentary makes up for this, allowing for some funny or educational moments.

                    The quickie bag is not quite so funny. The two chefs and Ainsley work together, with one chef's meal idea having been voted as winner, in lead. There are moments when they all play off each other here as well but this is usually pretty amazing to watch. With three chefs working together to produce amazing looking food in 10 minutes is pretty good going. The results always look delicious and I do wish I could manage to make food like that.

                    During the quickie bag, the audience usually asks a cooking related question and all three chefs answer and give opinions. This is a little boring at times but useful I guess.

                    Overall I do enjoy this cooking programme and although I wish Fern was hosting, Ainsley does a good enough job. The chefs are all excellent at what they do and always whip up some amazing meals making my mouth water. It definitely worth a watch during the week.

                    You can catch it every day on BBC2 at 4.30pm. A little extra info - if you would like to be in the audience you can apply here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/tv_and_radio/readysteadycook_join.shtml

                    Also the recipes from the show can be found here: bbc.co.uk/food

                    Get cooking!

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                      24.05.2002 18:42
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                      Ready, Steady, Cook is one of, if not, the best TV shows at the moment, and indeed for years! I have followed this show religiously through the years and have enjoyed the rumbuntious repartee between the different chefs and the presenters. Since Ainsley Harriot has become the presenter, earning a promotion from just a plain chef he has taken the program to new heights, not only is it exstremely funny but his interview style is simply sublime. The Clebebrity editions of the show keep on getting better, this is a tribute to everyone who works to make the show what it is. This show has given me years of enjoyment and will do for years to come I'm sure. I believe that it has brought this genre of TV to the forefront of public appreciation. The jobs those chefs do is amazing so keep it up!!

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                        Having read a couple of the other ops on this programme I nearly decided not to write this, but I thought a different view on the programme couldn't be bad so here goes! I have watched this programme for years and remember, fondly, when it was presented by Fern Britton (now on This Morning). For those who don't know this programme it is shown usually at 4.30 pm weekdays, on BBC2 and is now hosted by Ainsley Harriot. Two TV chefs are shown competing against one another and they have 20 minutes in which to create fabulous dishes for the two contestants who appear with carrier bags full of goodies. The contestants are competing for £100 prize and the runner up gets a hamper full of goodies. The two chefs have then to decide what to create within in the 20 minutes and they of course have willing helpers in the form of the contestants. Ainsley, a TV chef himself, helps out as well and the 20 minutes seem to fly by because before long the studio audience are counting down from 10....9....8......7.....6....5.....4...3...2...1..stop cooking (see that's proof that I watch it too often). I love this show as it gives you different ideas using certain ingredients and if you are anything like me you will quite often be needing inspiration in the kitchen. The chefs then have to wait while the contestants taste the food and then the studio audience holds up cards Red Tomatoes or Green Peppers for which chef they think has done the best with the ingredients given. Sometimes they are given economy bags and sometimes the chefs are given a forfeit like no herbs or no alcohol. When the winner has been announced then the fun begins as the chefs are taken over to the 10 minute quickie bag, where Ainsley discloses what one of them will have to work with in the next ten minutes. Some of the Chefs like Brian Turner and Antony Worral Thompson don't like this bit and try to persuade the audience that
                        the other chef's ideas are better this is quite amusing. Ainsley gets to help out more during this bit and as I said they only have 10 minutes so the other chef helps out too. The chefs that appear on this show are Leslie Walters Nick Nairn Phil Vickery (Fern Britton's hubby) Brain Turner (my fav!) Antony Worral Thompson James Martin Ross Burden Richard Cawley Patrick Anthony Paul Rankin There is one more that I can not think of his name (sorry will update when it comes to me) he is the one that I always confuse with Nick Nairn. **UPDATED** Yeah!! I have remembered his name!! Tony Tobin is the one I forgot!! **END OF UPDATE** I love this programme as I am always in the kitchen cooking when its on and it fills me with the inspiration required to get my family fed. They have a lot to thank Ainsley and Ready Steady Cook. The best bits are when things go wrong and the chefs set fire to something or like Brian Turner when he covered Fern Britton in cream, now that was hillarious!! Thanks for reading, comments much appreciated! Amanda

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