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
Leicestershire & Rutland
John Burton Race – South West
Ed Baines – South East
Rosemary Schrager – North East
East Riding of Yorkshire
Nick Nairn – Scotland
Merillees Parker – North West
Martin Blunos – East
Graham Tinsley – Wales
Monday, 16 March 2009, 5:00PM – 6:00PM ITV1