Ainsley Harriott wants Ready Steady Cook to make a comeback

Ainsley Harriott wants Ready, Steady Cook to make a TV return.


Ainsley fronted the BBC day time cookery show for a decade until it last aired in 2010.

The format involved two teams of contestants each paired up with a professional chef challenged to create meals from mystery ingredients. The studio audience would vote on the best recipe to decide a winner.

Starting out on BBC Two, the show aired more than 1,800 episodes in all and even had a celebrity spin-off on BBC One.

Now almost a ten years on from the last episode, Ainsley says there are talks for the show to make a comeback with chef James Martin.

He told The Sun: “Me and James have been discussing it recently, he is at the forefront of the production side of things.

“He is saying that people are talking about it. Fingers crossed they go for it, it’s a unique format and there’s nothing else on TV quite like it and it’s so easy for people to follow. Me and James would do it, along with a raft of new chefs.”

Speaking back in 2017 about a potential revival, Ainsley claimed that Ready, Steady Cook provided something different to the various cooking shows which currently litter the channels.

He explained: “You saw the ingredients and it was real time. MasterChef and all of them, they never do it in real time.


“If things went wrong, you saw them go wrong. It had an energy of its own.

“I’d love it to come back as it identifies with a nation of people.”