New Presenters Announced for Great British Bake Off and Saturday Kitchen
Whether it is the midweek viewing treat that is the Great British Bake Off or the foodie’s weekend morning ritual of Saturday Kitchen, it can’t be denied that cooking shows are the guilty pleasure of millions. The perfect balance between witty banter and delicious food is difficult to achieve but both shows managed to captivate audiences with the perfect presenters.
All good things must however come to an end, and 2016 saw GBBO and Saturday Kitchen lose four beloved personalities with Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc leaving the Bake Off tent and James Martin hanging up his Saturday Kitchen apron. Leaving massive boots to fill, speculation on their replacements mounted over the past few months and at last the new faces have been confirmed.
As reported previously, well regarded food writer Prue Leith is set to take over Mary Berry’s judging duties on GBBO but more surprising is the fact that formidable duo of Sue and Mel will be replaced by the somewhat odd coupling of comedians Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.
Fielding is best known for his roles in comedies such as the IT Crowd and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as being a key member of the British comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh with fellow funny man Julian Barret. Hosting a family friendly show like Bake Off, harmless innuendos aside, will prove to be an interesting challenge for the flamboyant rocker.
Taking the reigns with Fielding is Sandi Toksvig OBE, a TV presenting veteran with a wealth of experience fronting quiz shows such as QI and Fifteen-To-One as well as Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She is expected to bring her bubbly humor and plenty of sarcasm to the table, filling the gap left by Marmite-like character Perkins. How Fielding and Tolsvig will gel together remains to be seen, but rest assured it will at least be captivating viewing on Channel 4 this summer.
Back on the BBC, home of the Omelette Challenge and the practice of granting celebrities their heaven or hell dish, Saturday Kitchen will now be the preserve of chef Matt Tebbutt. Former presenter of numerous culinary shows such as BBC Good Food’s Market Kitchen and Food Unwrapped, Tebbutt has proven himself a popular choice to replace legendary James Martin. While presenters such as John Torode and Donal Skehan were well received, Tebbutt will become the regular host with others alternating every couple of weeks for now.