Celebrity contenders set sail for «an energetic show that centres on
challenge and good-hearted rivalry» in new UKTV reality programme
P&O Cruises Food Hero and celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will oversee contenders in a new reality TV show filmed on board P&O Cruises newest ship, Britannia.
Airing on UKTV’s entertainment channel Watch, the reality programme Battlechefs is the first travelling cookery programme at sea. Filmed over two Mediterranean cruises on board Britannia, which was christened in April by The Queen, two groups of five celebrities will battle it out to impress judge, White.
Although chosen for their foodie credentials none of the celebrities are chefs. The first series features Jason Gardiner, Debra Stephenson, Alex James, Jenny Éclair and Greg Rutherford competing. Locations include Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Valencia and Cartagena. Series two sees Keith Duffy, John Partridge, JB Gill, Susannah Constantine and Sam Bailey visiting Barcelona, Rome, Cannes, Ajaccio and Alicante.
At each port of call contenders will go ashore to gain insight into local culinary traditions and heritage and to pick up new techniques before battling it out in a «head chef» cook-off scenario for the captain and VIP guests.
The Cookery Club’s James Martin at Boqueria in Barcelona
With the on-board Cookery Club as backdrop, and under the watchful eye of White, each contender will lead their fellow competitors into battle in the hope of impressing the captain and guests.
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The victor of each series will be invited back on board with Marco Pierre White in 2016 for cookery classes and hosted dinners. UKTV’s commissioning editor Victoria Summer describes the series as an ‘energetic show that centres on challenge and good-hearted rivalry.’
«Seeing whether our celebs can pull off the menus they’re given against the clock is going to be very entertaining.»
P&O Cruises has also announced that Eric Lanlard’s signature Epicurean Afternoon Tea, launched on Britannia, will be rolled out on Azura and Ventura on December 1, 2015. Lanlard is among the line’s stellar line-up of Food Heroes which, alongside Marco Pierre White also includes James Martin, Olly Smith and Atul Kochhar.
Battlechefs will air on Watch in 2016.
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