Taste The Nation On ITV1

Nick Hancock will present Taste the Nation a new cookery contest that pits county against county as amateur cooks battle it out to win the Taste the Nation cup for their county.

Each county team will be led by a celebrity chef who will manage and mentor a team of four contestants; three of these will be chosen to be in the first cook-off whilst the remaining one will compete in one of the later rounds. With the responsibility of representing their counties emotions will run high as the contestants do battle against their rivals.

The chefs taking part are Antony Worrall Thompson, John Burton Race, Ed Baines, Rosemary Shrager, Nick Nairn, Merilees Parker, Martin Blunos and Graham Tinsley.

Taste the Nation will also showcase the very best of regional ingredients as the teams take inspiration from their regions recipes and traditions.

The inter-county rivalry will turn up the heat for the contestants as the pressure builds to serve up the best dishes in order to make their county the culinary capital.

A panel of judges will be deciding which teams step up to the mark and deserve to cook on to the final rounds. The judges are William Sitwell, editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated, Henrietta Green, expert on regional food and Richard Johnson, award winning food journalist and broadcaster.

Here are the details of the county teams taking part and which chef will be mentoring which teams,

Antony Worrall Thompson – Midland
Gloucestershire
Warwickshire
Leicestershire & Rutland
Nottinghamshire

John Burton Race – South West
Somerset
Devon
Wiltshire
Cornwall

Ed Baines – South East
Kent
Middlesex
Hertfordshire
Surrey

Rosemary Schrager – North East
Northumberland
N. Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
W. Yorkshire

Nick Nairn – Scotland
Perthshire
Aberdeenshire
Lanarkshire
Midlothian

Merillees Parker – North West
Lancashire
Cheshire
Shropshire
County Down

Martin Blunos – East
Norfolk
Suffolk
Lincolnshire
Cambridgeshire

Graham Tinsley – Wales
Monmouthshire
Glamorgan
Carmarthenshire
Denbighshire

Monday, 16 March 2009, 5:00PM – 6:00PM ITV1

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