One of the nation’s best-loved cookery shows set to make TV comeback with James Martin at the helm

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TV watchers in the nineties and early noughties will surely rejoice now that one of their favourite cookery shows of the time could make its return to our small screens.

Ready Steady Cook, which ran from 1994 to 2010, was one of the most popular cooking shows and made household names out of James Martin and Ainsley Harriott.

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James was the show’s original presenter (Credit: BBC)

The show involved an amateur cook and a professional chef competing against each other to show off their culinary expertise within a certain period of time, and the audience would decide the winner.

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James hosted the original version of the show alongside Fern Britton and Alice Beer. He has told The Sun he is keen to revive the TV programme for today’s viewers. He said: “It’s only a matter of time, it might be coming back.

“I think Ready Steady Cook is iconic. I think I’d give it a go. It’s a great format.

“I’d be a lot slower now than when I was doing it, cause I’m a lot older.

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Ainsley Harriott presented the show in its later years (Credit: BBC)

“People remember that show ­however old they were. It was the most successful cooking show of its generation.”

James said he has had a chat with a fellow celeb chef about the idea of bringing Ready Steady Cook back, as he explained: “You learnt something from it as well. I was talking to Raymond Blanc about this, the night before last.

“We were sat there talking for a couple of hours about food and television and where stuff is going. He’s like me, the chef element of it . . . you want to teach people.

“You don’t really get that teaching part in entertainment shows.”

The former star of Saturday Kitchen also revealed what he really thinks about rival shows MasterChef and Great British Bake Off. He said: “They’re not cooking shows. They’re entertainment shows.

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The show featured amateur cooks as well as professionals to compete against each other (Credit: BBC)

“You don’t learn anything from it, or you learn very little from it.

“That’s why they have a budget of millions.

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“We don’t. Cooking shows are very different, they’re in a different bracket.

“Entertainment shows have a huge budget with great production values. They’re just very different.”