I’m an avid watcher of Food Network, Great British Bake Off, Great British Menu et al, and as a self-confessed foodie, nothing pleases me more than news of another food programme. Have you heard of Yes Chef? It has a different format than most cookery competitions, and one episode I cannot wait for is coming up next week.
Award winning Chef Patron at Manchester House, Aiden Byrne, is appearing in this new daily TV show for BBC One. Yes Chef will see 16 high profile chefs mentor amateur cooks to do battle in the kitchen. For the amateurs, it’s a chance to work alongside the best in the business. For the professionals, it’s an opportunity to train their partner and lead them to victory. The other chefs in the series are: Atul Kochhar, Bryn Williams, Frances Atkins, Galton Blackiston, Luke Tipping, Mary Ann Gilchrist, Matt Gillan, Michael O’Hare, Nathan Outlaw, Nigel Haworth, Paul Ainsworth, Rupert Rowley, Ryan Simpson, Stephen Terry and Theo Randall.
Just a little bit about Manchester House. Celebrating being open for three years and working in conjunction with Living Ventures, Manchester House is home to Chef Patron Aiden Byrne and his long serving team. Aiden’s career is steeped in traditionalism and his flavour combinations stay true to classical marriages. But, like Manchester House, he delivers his creations in unique and unexpected ways. Manchester House is on my list of places to review – watch this space!
Back to the show which is presented by Sheree Murphy, Yes Chef sees a different chef put four home cooks through their paces in a series of challenges, with each day’s winner going forward to Friday’s final. In the final, the four professional chefs will pair up with their winning home cook to go head-to-head in the ultimate professional-amateur cooking showdown. The final dishes will be judged by three-star Michelin chef Pierre Koffmann, which I can only imagine to be a nerve racking experience.
So when and where can you catch all the action? Yes Chef is shown at 3.45pm on BBC One. The episode featuring Aiden Byrne (which I’ll be recording of course – pardon the pun) will be shown on the 13th and 16th September.
To find out more about Manchester House, hop onto website www.manchesterhouse.uk.com now. If you fancy a treat and cannot wait to taste Chef Aiden Byrne’s dishes, do be sure to make a reservation at Manchester House.
Address: 18-22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BZ
Tel 0161 835 2557.