Sustainability to be main ingredient of Ready Steady Cook reboot


BBC One’s Ready Steady Cook reboot with Rylan Clark-Neal is set to return in the New Year with a strong focus on sustainability and a move away from plastic.

The broadcaster said the relaunched show, which was first announced back in September, will aim to be one of the most sustainable food shows on TV.

This will be done in a number of ways both on and off screen – most notably to viewers those famous red tomato and green peppers plastic bags will be a thing of the past.

Sustainability checklist

To ensure Ready Steady Cook raises the standard in sustainability, the production has pledged to:

  • Replace plastic bags with re-usable jute totes
  • Present ingredients on screen in a responsible way, avoiding single use plastic with glass jars and bottles being favoured over plastic alternatives
  • Use separate colour coded waste bins both on set and backstage, which will be collected by a local recycling firm for anaerobic digestion (where waste is broken down to produce biogas and biofertiliser)
  • Donate unused fruit/vegetables and non-perishable items to a local food bank
  • Source ingredients from local suppliers as much as possible favouring Fair Trade items over others
  • Favour seasonal products to avoid excessive food miles

Healthy eating

More generally the show will reflect contemporary food themes, from cooking on budget to eating healthily, managing food waste to feeding the whole family, mirroring the changes in food and British cooking over the past decade.

“One of the biggest sustainability issues we face is from food and packaging waste, so Ready Steady Cook is being brought bang up to date to play its part in tackling this”, said Clark-Neal.

“It’s going to be goodbye plastic bags and hello jute totes when we hit screens in the New Year. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”

Cat Lawson, Executive Producer, Remarkable TV said: “The world has changed a lot since Ready Steady Cook was on air last, and it’s more important than ever to source sustainable and ethically produced food.

“As such Ready Steady Cook will be favouring local suppliers and seasonal products, avoiding single use plastic and food waste as much as possible.”