Saturday Kitchen is a 90 minute cookery programme broadcast which is broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday mornings. It is currently presented by James Martin; previous presenters have included Antony Worrall Thompson and Gregg Wallace. The programme is currently produced by Cactus TV (perhaps best known for the Richard & Judy show on Channel 4). The programme is also shown on RTÉ One in Ireland on saturday mornings, the episodes shown are several months old.
Until June 2006, the show was produced by Prospect Pictures with each show featuring two guest chefs who demonstrated how to cook a dish of their choosing. The guests and main presenter would also pitch another dish, each to be voted on by the audience by telephone - the winning chef cooked the dish at the end of the show. Worrall Thompson recorded a running total of the number of shows he won on the show by using fridge magnets.
With Worrall Thompson presenting the rival show, the BBC recruited chef James Martin as the new presenter and revamped the once format again, switching their choice of independent producer to Cactus TV. The show currently features a Heaven and Hell element, in which a celebrity guest describes their most beloved and loathed foods, and the viewers vote for which recipe based on each James Martin will cook at the end of the show. This idea was also borrowed for ITV's Sunday Feast the week before the first Cactus-made Saturday Kitchen aired but 3 weeks after the official launch of ''Saturday Kitchen, where the idea was first announced.
Sunday Feast was axed following an unsuccessful run of only 10 shows.
As well as cookery, the show features a regular wine tasting element, featuring wine experts such as Olly Smith, Tim Atkin, Peter Richards and Susie Barrie. Almost half the show's length is made up of edited versions of food shows from the BBC archives including, amongst others, Keith Floyd, Antonio Carluccio, Rick Stein and Delia Smith.
Since its launch the show's viewings figures have increased dramatically. At launch it received 1.2 million viewers but now reaches 2 million viewers.
The "Saturday Kitchen Cookbook with James Martin" was published by BBC Books in July 2007.
In May 2008 chef John Torode joined the Saturday Kitchen team as Guest Presenter in James Martin's absence.
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