The Tesco Real Food Challenge

Over the next few months, Tesco Real Food are looking for the nation’s best real food cook.The idea is to provide a platform to share recipes for the kind of food we cook at home, whether we’re making breakfast to munch on the go, tasty and filling family suppers, something a bit special for entertaining friends or dinner on a tray in front of the telly.

Recipes entered into the competition will be featured on the website, so anyone can try their hand cooking those which appeal.

There are eight categories representing different mealtimes and moods. The best recipes in each category will be short-listed and their creators invited to take part in a national TV Cook Off on Channel 5.

I’m very pleased to be part of the judging panel and I’ll be partnering with Jamie Theakston to look after the Talk and Fork category. Not every meal with friends involves a dinner party – sometimes we just want to rustle up something simple and comforting that we can enjoy while having a good old natter. For Talk and Fork, we’re looking for casual and easy meals that can be eaten with just a fork, relaxing on the sofa with friends or family.

Over coming weeks, I’ll be interviewing Jamie Theakston about his food loves and hates, his skills in the kitchen and asking him what makes a great Talk and Fork dish for him.

And of course, I’ll let you know how the search for the nation’s best real food cooks is progressing. I’m looking forward to attending the filming and, hopefully, tasting the finalists’ dishes!

Do you have a great recipe you’d like to enter? Find out more about all eight categories and how to submit your recipe to the challenge, at the Tesco Real Food Challenge website.

Lastly, if you have any food-related questions to suggest for my interview with Jamie, please let me know via comments or email. Thanks!

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