Two best friends in Harrogate are competing in Channel 4's new cookery series, My Kitchen Rules UK, and will appear on our screens in tonight's programme airing at 5pm (sneak peek preview from Channel 4 above).
Dietitian Anna Daniels, 34, and chiropractor Faye Deane, 33, first met when they were pregnant and have enjoyed cooking together since, but this is the first time they have "done anything of this magnitude".
My Kitchen Rules UK is presented by two-time Michelin Star restaurateur and chef Michael Caines, and food writer and restaurateur Prue Leith, who have joined forces to judge 16 pairs of amateur cooks. The series involves contestants opening their own restaurant at home for one ambitious night, in a bid to scoop a £10,000 prize and the right to say, ‘My Kitchen Rules'.
Teams cook a three-course restaurant standard meal against the clock for their rivals and judges to critique and score. Dishes served late have points taken off. Anna and Faye are featured in this week's regional heat, staging their health conscious restaurant called 'The Provincial Kitchen' at home in Harrogate.
Anna said: "It feels really good to be representing Harrogate. It's felt absolutely surreal taking part in the show knowing that we're going to be on television. It was like being on a movie set, but in your own home. I'm watching the show go out tonight with Faye. We're looking forward to it, but it always feels weird seeing yourself on TV.
"What is important to me is that where possible we use the best local ingredients and we also try to source in season organic British produce, which is what we've done on the show. We did use local ingredients and support local businesses wherever possible.
"Our restaurant combines the best local ingredients from Yorkshire with other quality ingredients from around the world, from areas renowned for producing certain ingredients.
"Creating healthy food is a priority, but what is also important is that we don't compensate on taste. Ensuring the foods that we use are nutrient dense is key, but also ensuring the way these foods are cooked means that the nutrients aren't then lost in the cooking process. I have studied Food science along with nutrition and dietetics, so I really aimed to try to ensure all aspects are considered in the cooking process".
At the end of each weekly regional heat, the show moves to Kitchen Headquarters as the competition heats up. The highest scoring team of the region wins immunity and goes through to the next leg, and the middle ranking teams cook off against each other. The lowest scoring team from each region will be eliminated, so every team needs to hit the ground running.
Do Anna and Faye have what it takes to make it through to Kitchen HQ? Tune in to Channel 4 at 5pm today to see how they get on!