Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

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.

Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good

Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good

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.