Culinary Genius: All about new cookery show with Phil Vickery on ITV

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Fern Britton is back with ITV’s new high-drama daytime cookery show Culinary Genius today.

And for the third week, she's joined by her husband and celebrity chef, Phil Vickery.

Airing each week day at 3PM, Culinary Genius will see nine amateur cooks head into a wrestling ring-style studio to do culinary battle.

A different professional chef will preside over the kitchen each week, demonstrating two of the tasks for the competitors as well as the audience watching at home.

Culinary legend Gordon Ramsay was first in charge while last week Rosemary Shrager brought her own unique style to the high-intensity kitchen.

Phil Vickery said: “I am really pleased to be involved in such a high-profile cooking show.

"This is serious cooking that will test contestants to the limit and is not for the faint-hearted. I can't wait to get started!”

Battle One will see the contestants face a five-minute knife skills test. Set by tough taskmaster, Phil, and designed to test the contestants' knife skills and sift out the disastrous from those with speed and skill.

The three weakest contestants will then be immediately eliminated.

The remaining six face Battle Two which focuses on precision and skill. This ten-minute test is all about preparation as a carefully chosen ingredient is revealed to the remaining six competitors and they race to prepare it perfectly. Today’s ingredient for the chop, contestants lift and discover a set of ripe tomatoes.

Three more hopefuls will then be sent home, leaving the remaining trio to face an exciting and thrilling cook-off in Battle Three where they need to create a stunning dish in less than half an hour.

Up for grabs for the winner is a top cash prize and the title ‘Culinary Genius’.

Culinary Genius airs Monday to Friday (weekdays) at 3pm on ITV

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