Lorraine Pascale: How to Be a Better Cook

Tony Sartori

Series 1 - Episode 1 Tony Sartori



As Lorraine Pascale didn’t start cooking until she was in her 30s, she’s very sympathetic towards those who are strangers to the art of poaching, griddling and whisking. So she’s taken on the challenge of teaching six unconfident cooks how to prepare a special meal. First up is builder Tony, 52, who admits he’s only ever made cheese on toast.

The three-course meal she teaches him to cook looks absolutely scrumptious. And, although he’s very nervous in the kitchen – “I’m not sure about these technical terms. What’s a drizzle?” – she never gets cross and he does brilliantly. By the end it all gets quite emotional.


The food writer shows people who lack confidence in the kitchen how to pull off an impressive meal for friends and family, demonstrating plenty of deceptively easy recipes and offering invaluable culinary tips. In the first episode, she helps 52-year-old builder Tony - who has never cooked a meal in his life - to master a delicious Mediterranean-inspired menu, including a grilled peach and burrata salad, crispy salmon with polenta chips and grilled asparagus, as well as a showstopping dessert.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Lorraine Pascale
Executive Producer Catherine Welton
Series Producer Jennifer Fazey