Iconic BBC cooking series just weeks away from returning to screens with brand new episodes


AN iconic BBC cooking series is just weeks away from returning to screens with brand new episodes.

BBC One and Two have a whole host of food-related programmes on the roster for fans to enjoy.

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BBC/Shine TVMasterchef will be back on April 1 on BBC One[/caption]

John Torode and Lisa Faulkner’s Weekend Kitchen has also been recommissioned

And next month, Masterchef is set to return with a new batch of amateur chefs battling it out for the title.

John Torode and Gregg Wallace will once again be back as judges, having worked on the show together since it was revived in 2005.

The show’s return on April 1 is great news for John, 58, as it comes hot on the heels of the news that another of his show’s is also coming back.

ITV has green lit another instalment of John Torode and Lisa Faulkner‘s Weekend Kitchen.

A new 10-episode series will air this autumn, and the couple – who met on Celebrity Masterchef in 2010 – will also release a book to accompany it.

The new episodes will also see fan favourite themes return such as ‘Top Traybakes’, ‘Time Saving Treats’, ‘Simple But Special’ and ‘Fakeaway-tastic Feasts’.

Meanwhile, other new themes such as ‘Take 5’ will show an array of dishes using just five key ingredients, ‘Breezy Brunches’ for leisurely weekends and ‘In a Spin’ will provide a new take on some classic traditional meals.

Speaking about the recommission, John said: “We are back! We have been preparing for series 9 of Weekend Kitchen which has just been incredible – these dishes will blow your mind this autumn.

“To have our very first ever book together to go alongside it will make this series extra special too, we really cannot wait to reveal more soon!”

Lisa, 52, added: “We are so happy to be back for another brilliant series.

“Weekend Kitchen never feels like work for us which is why we love it so much.

“We adore putting together these new dishes and now to have all of our favourite recipes and more in one book fills me with such joy.”

The couple began dating in 2015 – five years after Lisa won Celebrity Masterchef – and married in October 2019.

Masterchef returns on April 1 at 6.30pm on BBC One.