ITV Commissions Tom Kerridge-Led Culinary Series


South Shore and Bone Soup have been commissioned to produce the new culinary series Tom Kerridge Cooks Britain for ITV1, ITVX, STV and STV Player.

The new show will see Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge embark on a road trip in a remodeled 1950s food truck. He will work alongside food producers across Britain, from Cornish fishermen to Scottish fruit farmers, to learn their secrets and then cook their dedicated teams a well-earned meal.

The series is made in partnership with Marks & Spencer and will feature producers who supply M&S.

Tom Kerridge Cooks Britain comes via BE Studio from ITV, a full-service creative studio producing ad-funded entertainment. BE Studio helps brands build emotional connections with ITV’s audience through the co-creation of new formats.

“I spend most of my time in the kitchen, so to get the chance to hit the road and meet great British food producers is an absolute treat,” Kerridge said. “I can’t wait to meet people who are producing amazing ingredients, and getting to cook with these ingredients is a real privilege.”

“This series showcases Britain in all its culinary and agricultural glory, and it is of course great to be working alongside a chef of Tom’s caliber in bringing the show to life,” said Katie Rawcliffe, head of ITV Entertainment commissioning.

Bhavit Chandrani, director of BE Studio from ITV, commented, “The combination of Tom Kerridge, M&S and ITV packs a real punch, and we’re delighted to be able to wrap that all up into one series. Viewers are going to love getting this behind-the-scenes insight into British farming and produce as they learn a few more culinary skills to show off in their own kitchens.”

“Tom celebrates the best British produce in his pubs and restaurants, so this road trip is right up his street,” added Richard Bowron, creative director of Bone Soup. “Whether he’s doing an early shift on a dairy farm or going out in choppy seas to catch fish, Tom will want to get stuck in. And I’m sure everyone will love his recipes.”

Melanie Leach, CEO of South Shore, said, “We’re so pleased to extend our partnership with M&S and bring Tom to screen in such an invitational series. Traveling the length of Britain, he’s showcasing some of the most wonderful food, people and scenery our country has to offer.”

“We are absolutely delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Tom by bringing Tom Kerridge Cooks Britain to ITV in the summer and helping to showcase the very best of British farming and quality, in-season produce,” commented Sharry Cramond, marketing director at M&S Food. “We’re incredibly proud that all of the farms that will be shown throughout the series supply M&S Food with their products, and we know our customers will love being able to find all of the ingredients for the recipes at their local M&S Foodhall. It truly is a perfect fit for everyone involved!”