Mums, van man and Masterchefs

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With MasterChef returning to BBC One on Wednesday plus Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals and Come Dine With Me still going strong on Channel 4 and More 4, you could be forgiven for thinking there were enough cookery shows on the box.

But you’d be wrong. Or at least that’s what the TV production companies coming up with more and more cookery shows think. And I have to agree with them.

We all have to eat, so cookery skills are pretty essential in life. And it’s fashionable, not to mention sensible, to take an interest in the quality of the food you’re putting into your body.

So, before we’re all consumed by MasterChef, here’s a round-up of some of the other great cookery shows you can tune-in to.

Tomorrow afternoon, check out The Secret Supper Club on Channel 4 at 3.55pm.

Despite it’s daytime slot the ‘Soon to be Really Rather Well-Known Supper Club’ would surely be a better name for this new series which began last week.

Every episode, host and wine expert Olly Smith will find two food producers willing to help him plan, prepare and serve up a sumptuous meal.

It’s along similar lines to Come Dine with Me, but with professionals instead of plucky members of the public.

If you just can’t wait until Wednesday for the British version, tune-in to MasterChef New Zealand on Watch at 7pm from Sunday to Friday.

It began last Sunday and here, it’s Ross Burden (a chunky Pierce Brosnan lookalike who’s appeared on telly over here on the likes of Ready, Steady, Cook), Ray McVinnie and Simon Gault who’ll be deciding who makes it through to the next round.

On Monday, it’s One Man and His Campervan on BBC Two at 6.30pm. Now half-way through its 10-episode run, it follows Martin Dorey, who lives a quiet life on the north Devon coast with his wife, daughters, dog and campervan.

In this series, Martin and his campervan tour some of the country’s most beautiful places and meet people who are just as enthusiastic about food as he is. He also finds the time to prepare some sumptuous meals along the way.

Finally, on Thursday, The Hairy Bikers are back on BBC Two with Mums Know Best.

Si King and Dave Myers don’t look like mummy’s boys, but then again, they don’t look like top TV cooks either. But it seems both descriptions apply – and so they returned this week for a second series of the show inspired by good old-fashioned home cooking.

The first run was so popular that it drove more people to the Beeb’s website than any other programme during its transmission, and the spin-off book spent 12 weeks at the top of the bestseller charts.

Don’t miss episode two on Thursday at 8pm. And don’t forget to flick over to BBC One for episode two of MasterChef.