It’s been announced that the Ready Steady Cook reboot will shift its focus onto environmental issues as it hopes to be one of the most sustainable shows on TV.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Rylan Clark-Neal would replace former frontman Ainsley Harriot as the new face of the show, which is now hoping to help save the environment one pepper at a time.
With the show set to launch in the new year, the BBC has announced that the series will now aim to be more sustainable both on and off-screen.
This will include changes such as scrapping the iconic red and green pepper plastic bags, single-use plastics being replaced with plastic alternatives and the introduction of colour-coded waste bins both on-set and backstage.
Speaking on the changes, host Rylan said: ‘One of the biggest sustainability issues we face is from food and packaging waste.’
‘Ready Steady Cook is being brought bang up to date to play its part in tackling this,’ he continued.
‘It’s going to be goodbye plastic bags and hello jute totes when we hit screens in the New Year. I can’t wait to get stuck in!’
The show will also reflect contemporary food themes in the new run of episodes; from budgeting food, managing food waste to feed the whole family and more generally mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade.
It doesn’t seem like the new eco-friendly reboot will be a hit with everyone, however, as one of the show’s former stars branded the show a ‘flop’ before its first episode even aired.
Aldo Zilli, who appeared on the original series, thinks it needs more people with ‘character,’ and accused bosses of ‘playing it safe’ with Rylan’s hiring.
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He told The Mirror: ‘I think it is going to be a flop. People want to see people that have got character, like me.
‘I did the last series. I have done a lot of them. A hundred percent, it would have been nice if they had got some of the old chefs back.’
Despite being replaced, however, original host Ainsley has already given the reboot his blessing, handing over the metaphorical apron and wooden spoon to the in-demand presenter.
Ready Steady Cook returns to BBC One in 2020.
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