Posted: 15/09/2017

BBC to showcase fledgling producers in new Tom Kerridge TV show

Tom KerridgeThe BBC will highlight up-and-coming amateur food producers from across Britain for a new TV series presented by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge.

The series, titled The Finest in The Deli: Yorkshire’s Choice, will see artisan food producers promote and sell their wares (from smoked meats and handmade cheeses to chocolates, chutneys, and preserves) in a real shop in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Producers will need to appeal to the taste buds (and wallets) of real customers in the local community in a bid to win the best in shop title.

Indian cook and entrepreneur Nisha Katona and School of Artisan Food trustee Alison Swan Parente will also judge whether the creations have what it takes to sustain a profitable business.

“Being able to make food from scratch is a useful skill,” said Parente. “It helps keep us in touch with our roots and our environment and it most definitely saves us money and gives us something to be proud of.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this programme where entrepreneurship and artisan food skills are valued and encouraged,” she added.

“The huge rise in interest around artisan food products in this country has been phenomenal over the past few years,” said Tom Kerridge.

“This has led to a great many more amateur food lovers having a go at making goods themselves with some outstanding results. I cannot wait to see the range of artisan products on the shop shelf and seeing if they are well received by the local community.”

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