|Fern Britton (1994–2000)|
Ainsley Harriott (2000–2010)
The cooking game show where two teams cook-off in a race against time.
Two celebrity chefs with two contestants (one per chef) competed as teams to prepare the best meal. One was called "Red Tomatoes", the other "Green Peppers". After August 2007, the kitchen were colored even though the tomato and pepper motifs still featured on the guests' aprons and in the show's logo.
The contestants were then each given money to spend on ingredients for the chefs to prepare a meal.
Occasionally, the permitted budget was increased: a so-called Bistro Bag allowed for ingredients of up to £7.50, while the Gourmet Bag could have a value of up to £10. On some occasions, they used a £3.50 Budget Bag. Also on a few shows, a Lucky Dip Bag was used, which contained ten items. The chef closed his or her eyes and picked out half of the items at the beginning. At the halfway mark, the chef randomly picked a sixth item, which might have helped or hindered the chef. The chefs had no prior knowledge of the ingredients they had to prepare. Another format was used on occasion in which both kitchens were given the same ingredients, and the toss of a red and green die determined who had first pick.
The teams were given 20 minutes to make a meal using the ingredients bought plus the usual items found in a kitchen pantry. The host would meanwhile move back and forth between the teams to ask questions about the meals being produced. Prior to the September 2006 programme season it was customary for the chefs to name their dishes, which usually included a pun.
When time ran out, each team explained the dish they had prepared, after which the audience would vote by holding cards (one per audience member, a tomato on one side and a green pepper on the other) to show which team's meal they liked best. The team with the higher number of votes won the game and £100 for the contestant. The winning chef donated that money to his/her favorite charity.