Ainsley Harriott’s Ready Steady Cook set for comeback in MAJOR telly revival

As of late, Ainsley Harriott’s biggest media moment was an appearance on This Morning that went viral.

Presenting an elderly woman – who looked completely dumbfounded – with a frying pan, he exclaimed: “Why hello, Jill!”

And while it took over the Twitter-sphere, it seems we could be seeing a lot more of him – if he gets his way.

The TV chef, who also has a line of cous cous, has revealed he’s been discussing the return of BBC show Ready Steady Cook with James Martin.

“Fingers crossed they go for it”

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley became the host of the show from 2000 until 2010, while James was one of the featured chefs, alongside the likes of Gino D’Acampo, Phil Vickery and Anthony Worrall Thompson.

Speaking to The Sun, Ainsley said: “Me and James have been discussing it recently, he is at the forefront of the production side of things, and 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 – it’s so easy for people to follow.”

He went on: “Me and James would do it, along with a raft of new chefs.”

The show ran between 1994 and 2010, with Fern Britton being the original host until Ainsley took over in 2000.

Two celebrity chefs faced off against each other, with two members of the public providing ingredients, usually to the budget of £5.

The teams – red tomato and green pepper – would then prepare a dish out of the ingredients, with the audience voting on their favourite.

While the prize was initially £100, by the end of the series the winner took home a Ready Steady Cook plate.

Similarly, the runner-up used to take home a hamper of items including knives, pasta, sauces and oils, but just a mug was on offer by the end.

A number of celebrities appeared on the show too, including Kate Winslet, Cliff Richard, Twiggy and David Tennant.

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