5 cooking shows I think you should rewatch during quarantine
These are worth a watch!
The widespread outbreak of COVID-19 has forced us to stay home - which can be boring at times. With an endless array of streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix, we can binge-watch entire series end-to-end. But what if binge-watching dramas isn't really your thing?
What if you wanted a food show to watch for hours and hours but ended up watching Tiger King on Netflix?
Fear no more as I bring you five shows you need to watch, or even re-watch, during quarantine:
Rick Stein's Long Weekends
Rick Stein is a renowned seafood chef who specialises in making his own spin on international and exotic dishes. He has eight amazing restaurants in the UK and they are all located near a body of water. Stein also has other cooking shows like his Far Eastern Odyssey and his latest series, Secret France - where he explores the 'secret' parts of France's much loved cuisines.
But why am I suggesting you should watch Long Weekends? Well, it takes you to a new part of the world with every episode. You could be having some tuna in Cadiz or you could be dining in one of the many tea houses in Vienna. Rick Stein spends a weekend in a European city that isn't crawling with tourists such as Paris or Rome.
Here's an article that explains why Rick Stein is one of my favourite chefs:
Rick Stein may be just a chef to you, but to me he is an inspiring man who has revolutionised my outlook on food
Stein doesn't just cook, he also takes in the culture and the surroundings of the city he's visiting. The point of this show is to envelop you in a desire to travel - although impossible now - and indulge in the food that may not be as highly recognised as in other European cities.
You can stream four episodes of Rick Stein's Long Weekends on BBC iPlayer here:
Rick Stein embarks on a series of culinary long weekends in search of food excellence.
The Great British Bake Off
Who can't resist seeing multiple cakes being smashed, ruined and burnt? The Great British Bake Off had developed a huge audience in its ten year history where amatuer bakers come to make their dreams come true. From the Technical challenge to Paul Hollywood's handshake - Bake Off has it all.
Bake Off is a must watch as not only does it satisfy your visual sweet tooth, it also gives you some ideas so you can bake something at home - that is if you have the ingredients at home.
You can watch the last three seasons of The Great British Bake Off, thirty episodes, on All4 here:
Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are joined by Britain's best amateur bakers
Hairy Bikers' Best of British
The Hairy Bikers, despite their off-putting name, are a pair of TV chefs who are known for their many series like Hairy Bikers' Comfort Food and, the one I will be talking about, Best of British.
The premises of Best of British is that the bikers, real names David Myers and Si King, tour counties across England and experience their unique culture and food. At the end of the episode, the bikers go head to head with the county's best chef to recreate a dish that best represents the county.
They don't only go around English counties, they also explore the history and heritage of British food staples. They discover the past of everything from the development of British pubs to how useful sheep have been to the landscape of British food.
You can watch a whopping 60 episodes of Best of British on BBC here:
Quickly find recipes from your favourite current BBC programmes, or browse the archive of BBC recipes from shows gone by.
Celebrity Come Dine With Me
Now I know what you're going to say. Come Dine with Me isn't technically a cooking show but it does involve frying up some prawns and serving a steak here and there.
Come Dine with Me is a show that usually a group of random people from the same area who then take it in turns to host a dinner party to entertain and feed the guests. At the end of the night, the other guests will rate the party out of 10 and the person with the most points wins a £1000 prize.
Celebrity Come Dine with Me follows the exact same principle except the money goes to a charity instead of going into their wallet - this follows the same idea of celebrity game shows.
You can browse 20 episodes of Celebrity Come Dine with Me on All4 here:
Celebrities host dinner parties as they compete to win £1000 for charity
Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast
In 2014, one of the world's most well known chefs, Jamie Oliver, teamed up with farmer and TV personality Jimmy Doherty to create a show called Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. This show has received many positive reviews and is one of the best cooking shows on air right now in the UK.
The structure of the show is also what attracts viewers to this unique TV programme. The episode begins with introducing a celebrity who will be cooking with them. Celebrities such as Orlando Bloom and Simon Pegg have featured on the show.
Firstly, they jump into Jamie's Recipe - showing the audience Jamie Oliver's tips and tricks to cook a certain dish, this can be anything from Chicken and Mushroom Pies to a Caesar Salad.
Jimmy and Jamie then learn a recipe from the celebrity and the celeb shows them how to make it from the start. The next section is called 'Food Fight' where Doherty and Oliver have a cook-off and then the celebrity judges whose is best.
The final part of each episode includes Jimmy, a former farmer, how to make your own 'DIY Food Build', creating a completely effortless and clever way to use food items to craft a dish.
You can watch things like Danny Devito cooking some Strascinati Con La Mollica or see how Patrick Stewart makes his Chicken Enchiladas via the 51 episodes available on All4 here:
Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty make top weekend feasts at their end-of-the-pier caff