Britain’s Best Home Cook 2020 start date, judges and new changes for series 2

Best Home Cook series 2 air date and judges

Britain’s Best Home Cook will return in 2020 for series 2 – here’s all you need to know.

From the air date to the new line up of judges and changes to expect, this is your guide to Best Home Cook on BBC One.

Hosted with wit and warmth by Claudia Winkleman, ten talented home cooks embark on the ultimate immersive cooking competition, living together in a shared house and competing against each other, while the trio of judges put their cooking prowess to the test.

he eight-part series returns with a new lease of life: brand new kitchens, tougher challenges and an exciting and tense finale each week.

Best Home Cook 2020 judges

For series 2, Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett joins the judging panel.

Angela Hartnett has previously appeared in BBC shows such as MasterChef, Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen. She is currently Chef Patron for Italian fine-dining restaurants Murano and Cafe Murano.

Angela joins returning judges Mary Berry and Chris Bavin. Mary is returning to her first love; with more than 75 cookery books to her name, her authority in the home kitchen is beyond question.

Former market trader Chris Bavin has worked in importing, wholesaling, retailing, food service and catering. Chris co-founded his retail business The Naked Grocer and has since gone on to TV success fronting a range of shows including Eat Well for Less, Tomorrow’s Food, Food: Truth or Scare and The Truth about Meat.

Each week the cooks are faced with two challenges, starting with Mary’s Ultimate round, where the contestants produce their tried and tested food for special occasions.

Up next, it’s Chris’s incredibly difficult Rustle Up challenge – one star ingredient and one hour to create a mid-week masterpiece.

Those who haven’t impressed enough across these two challenges will be picked to take part in Angela’s dreaded Eliminator challenge, where the cooks go head to head and must follow one of Angela’s recipes – perfectly.

The Eliminator is judged blind, and the judges will send home the cook responsible for making their least favourite version of the dish. They will not know which cook has cooked which dish until they’ve made their decision.

Best Home Cook air date

The new eight-part series begins on BBC One on Thursday, 2 January at 8PM.

Episodes to watch and catch up online via BBC iPlayer.

In the first week, Mary challenges the cooks to produce their Ultimate Italian pasta dinner. The cooks are straight in at the deep end, making pasta from scratch in front of Italian cooking pro Angela Hartnett.

The following day starts with Chris’s Rustle Up challenge where this week they have to think on their feet with a piece of fruit. With no notes, no recipe books and a limited selection of other ingredients the cooks have to turn the given ingredient into a dish that will impress the judges enough to keep them out of the Eliminator.