Family Cooking Showdown

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Big Family Cooking Showdown



The BBC is cursed, because before every new competitive cooking show, there will for ever be hopeful cries of “Is it the Beeb’s replacement Great British Bake Off?” On the evidence of the first episode, no, The Big Family Cooking Show won’t be filling those big boots.

The gladiatorial aspect – individual competitors throwing themselves into creating joy with their hearts and souls – is replaced by teams of three, all members of the same family. So there’s a bit of friendly bickering and a few tears (of course), but the overall feel is of watching your mates knock up a few meals.

Zoë Ball and Nadiya Hussain don’t have much to do apart from cheerleading on the sidelines, while judges Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager don’t have that all important Berry/Hollywood alchemy.

But it’s early days – there are 12 episodes – so who knows, maybe the recipe will gel as the show wears on.


Competitive food show, presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, in which two families face a series of challenges based on the realities of everyday meals, cooking up their favourite dishes both in the studio and in their own homes. At the end of each show, judges Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager will decide which family make it through to the next round, beginning with the Marks from west London up against the Charles family from Yorkshire.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Zoe Ball
Presenter Nadiya Hussain
Judge Giorgio Locatelli
Judge Rosemary Shrager
Director Sarah Myland
Series Editor Gary Broadhurst
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