In this series Tom Kerridge offers delicious recipes and practical advice to help families make a fresh start with food. Across six steps and six episodes, he’s inviting BBC TWO’s viewers to join him in a life-changing New Year’s resolution for 2019; “Cook great food at home and you too can be fitter, healthier and happier…. A fresh start for the New Year – for all the family!”
Tom Kerridge is a husband and Dad as well as an award-winning chef. A few years ago he made his own New Year’s resolution – to eat more healthily and take more exercise – which led to him losing nearly 12 stone. Today he’s healthier and happier and the changes he’s made are having a positive effect on his family too.
Previously, in Lose Weight for Good, Tom inspired a group of struggling dieters with his warmth, compassion and great recipes to lose weight while still loving their food. Now he’s focusing his attention on families. Tom believes that enjoying good home-cooked food together as a family is one of life’s biggest pleasures, as well as being beneficial for our physical and mental well-being. And to test whether home cooking can be a catalyst for all sorts of positive changes, he is launching a brand new, home-cooking experiment.
In the series Tom recruits eight families from his neighbourhood who aren’t cooking much – or at all – and are relying on convenience food for family meals. Some have never learnt to cook. Others are too busy to cook. And for many, pre-packed ready meals are simply what their family like to eat most. Concerned about what impact this is having on their family’s health, the eight families are all hoping that with Tom’s help, they can press the restart button on home cooking.
First transmitted January 2019 on BBC TWO.
Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge is to front an uplifting new series for BBC TWO helping to save Britain’s pubs – one local at a time. Across four episodes, he will champion a national grassroots pub revival as he immerses himself in the fortunes of four struggling pubs. Working alongside each pub’s staff and the local community, Tom will lend his extensive experience of the industry and his passion for pubs in the fight to save their treasured local.
However, there is no guarantee of success. Last
year nearly 1,000 pubs in Britain closed down. And between 2001 and
2018 an estimated 13,000 called ‘last orders’ for good.
But Tom believes that the British pub is an
important part of our national culture and a valuable asset to many local
communities, which is why he is on a mission to connect with pubs across the
country to revive and protect them. Working with communities and passionate
individuals who are determined to save their locals from closure, Tom will need
to come up with fresh ideas in order to balance the books and provide new
motivation to discouraged landlords.
Tom has built a successful business by reinventing
what a pub can be in the 21st century. He’s elevated pub food to
Michelin-star standards at two premises, launched a festival around pub grub and
converted one local into a butchers by day and a pub by night. He
knows how to combine the best traditions of the local pub with forward-thinking
business ideas, tapping into our national affection for pubs whilst
acknowledging a pub needs to provide locals with so much more than beer and
Celebrated chef Tom Kerridge runs two pubs awarded Michelin stars for their outstanding food. Now he has set himself a new and very personal challenge; to help a group of people from his neighbourhood to lose weight.
A few years ago Tom weighed 190kg. A combination of exercise and a strict diet has seen his weight drop by 75kg. Tom’s diet involved completely cutting out carbohydrates. It worked for him but he knows that cutting out an entire food group isn’t going to work for everyone.
So he is now putting his skills and energies into helping people to lose weight and still love what they are eating by cutting back on their calorie intake. Experts around the world recommend calorie reduction as the most effective and sustainable way to lose weight.
So why are so many of us still struggling with our weight? Our eating habits are partly responsible; we turn to convenience food and high calorie snacks rather than cooking at home. But Tom thinks the problem also lies in lower calorie food. It is perceived as boring and tasteless. And too often it’s served in measly portions.
In this series Tom recruits 13 local volunteers to test his new, lower calorie recipes in a 12-week experiment. Each is given a new daily calorie allowance they must stick to and Tom will send them batches of 15 new recipes to try every fortnight – 90 in total. According to the advice of health professionals, if they stick to their calorie limits, the dieters should each lose around half a kilo per week. This is no crash diet. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s all about changing eating habits slowly to achieve lasting weight loss.
First transmitted January 2018 on BBC TWO.
Chef Tom Kerridge will be back on BBC TWO in January 2020 with an exciting new series packed with healthy recipes and fitness advice. It’s firmly targeted at those of us who’ll be looking for a New Year’s resolution after over-indulging at Christmas.
In two previous New Year series for the channel, Tom inspired the nation to diet (Lose Weight for Good) and embrace proper home cooking (Fresh Start). Now he’s turning up the heat with both weight loss and exercise. And this time it’s personal for the celebrity chef.
“I lost a load of weight a few years ago but lately I’ve seen it creeping back up. And I’m not as fit as I want to be at my age. So I’ve set myself and a gang of volunteers a challenge – to lose weight and get fit together,” explains Tom.
Tom and his gang of 11 volunteers have just two months to shed the pounds, get fit and transform their cooking and exercise habits for good. And this time round, Tom faces his stiffest challenge yet; himself…