Although new reality TV series Food Glorious Food is from the Simon Cowell stable, according to its presenter Carol Vorderman, FGF is a considerably more “gentle” show than X Factor.
Speaking to What’s On TV magazine ahead of the show’s debut on Wednesday February 27 at 8pm on ITV, former Countdown star Carol explained, “It’s different[to other shows] because we’re looking for the best home-cooked dish, rather than the best cook.
“This show is about people’s lives as much as it’s about food – many come with recipes that have been passed down through several generations of their family, and we hear their stories.”
She added, “There’s been such variety in all the heats across the UK…
“We had a fireman who came in his fire engine with all his mates and made a Thai green curry, which was delicious.
“Then we had a 92 year old, who’s been making Cornish pasties every day since she was eight.”
And when asked if viewers expect the controversy of shows like The X Factor, Carol replied, “Judges Tom Parker Bowles, Loyd Grossman, Anne Harrison and Stacie Stewart do have rows over which dish to put through in each of the six heats and semi-finals.
“Then the public decides on the winning dish, which will be sold in M&S.
“I certainly argue with the judges if there’s a dish I like.
“But this is a gentle show, like Antiques Roadshow – it’s not The X Factor of food!”
WOTV then asked, “Have you been eating a lot during the heats?” to which Carol responded, “Yes, everything! I can start with a pudding, then eat a curry, then another pudding, then eat a cake.
“We can see up to 100 people in a day, which is a lot of food to eat. Some days I’m completely stuffed!”
And finally, when asked if she enjoys cooking, Carol said, “My stepfather was a Prisoner of War from Italy, so I’ve always enjoyed making pasta, but I don’t have the time to cook as much as I used to.
“I do make a good bread and butter pudding but I tasted one on this show that was much better than mine.
“There was quite a lot of rum in it!”
As mentioned above, Food Glorious Food starts on Wednesday February 27 at 8pm on ITV, but for now, here’s a look at Carol on Top Gear last year…