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From hot cakes to host as Nadiya Hussain fronts new BBC cooking show

There’s a new food programme in the schedule to whet your appetite.

Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain will show off her presenting skills in a new TV effort that could prove to be a competitor to the baking show.

BBC Two’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown, which starts tonight, sees Hussain taking a step back from the oven as she and co-host Zoe Ball watch 16 families from across the UK battle it out in the kitchen.

The competitors will be judged by TV cook Rosemary Shrager and Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli.

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The Big Family Cooking Showdown’s Rosemary Shrager, Nadiya Hussain, Zoe Ball and Giorgio Locatelli (Andrew Hayes-Watkins/BBC/Voltage TV Productions)

Two families, each represented by three members, will face off in the kitchen over three rounds in the hunt to find Britain’s best family of cooks.

Hussain, who won the Bake Off in 2015, previously said that The Big Family Cooking Showdown is about the dynamics of each family as much as it is about the food.

She said: “And it’s not one person cooking, so it falls on everybody to have a role in the group and that’s really interesting to watch because it’s no different to most family homes when you’re all in the kitchen together.

“These are family members: you can see sometimes there is tension and sometimes they work really well together – but when you cook together you cook very differently.”

The new cookery show is thought to have been commissioned by the broadcaster to rival the Bake Off, which moved from BBC One to Channel 4 and is set to air soon.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown starts at 8pm on August 15 on BBC Two.

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