The kitchen adventures of Can’t Cook Won’t Cook
Cooking shows are very much a staple of the UK’s daytime television scene. The sight of professional chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey all turning to the screen to try and improve the nation’s eating and cooking habits is now totally commonplace. However, the shows that they made were only possible with the appearance of some trailblazers in the daytime slots in the 1990s. One of these was the legendary Can’t Cook Won’t Cook. It had 4 chef hosts but the most commonly remembered is the sarcastic wit of Kevin Woodford and the vibrant and over-the-top energy of Ainsley Harriot.
The idea was simple. Two chefs who had proven themselves either incompetent or just too lazy to cook were pitted against each other to make a dish created by the presenters. These were not tricky plates of food but they still seemed to make a tough task for the contestants. Ainsley etc would show them how to make the food and then through them both in at the deepend and copy what they had done.
In many cases the results were an utter disaster with blenders not having the lids on properly, food being either burnt or not cooked at all, tea towels set alight by gas hobs, and the most common ending of the food not looking anything like what the pros had created moments before.
There were some successes and it was clear that many new chefs were certainly keen to look at getting some like https://www.thekitchenrefurbishmentcompany.co.uk/ to come in and do a Kitchen Refurbishment.