We cannot do without the television. What you would watch when you are free at home? We know of many people who channel surf and watch mindless shows like Big Brother and other reality shows that really in our opinion, leads to nothing. What does one learn from watch programs of that sort?

We love to watch cooking programs. You learn a bit, whether you are going to replicate those dishes or not. You get inspired and the beauty of it is in the storing of all these knowledge. You would be able to turn any ingredients into anything. And have we mentioned we love READY STEADY COOK?

There used to be two members of the public, but now it is always sporting or other celebrities, provide two celebrity chefs with a bag of ingredients they have bought, usually to a set budget of £5. The two teams are designated "red tomato" and "green pepper" (referred to as "red kitchen" and "green kitchen" after the August 2007 revamp, though the tomato and pepper motifs still feature on the guests' aprons, and in the show's logo). Occasionally the permitted budget is increased: a so-called Bistro Bag allows for ingredients of up to £7.50, while the Gourmet Bag may have a value of up to £10. On some occasions, they have used a £3.50 Budget Bag. Also on a few shows, a Lucky Dip Bag was used. It contained ten food items. The chef with closed eyes picked out half of the items at the beginning. At the halfway mark, the chef randomly picked a sixth item. The sixth item could help or hinder the chef. The chefs have no prior knowledge of the ingredients they will have to prepare[1].

In more recent times there have been more celebrity guests than members of the general public.

The chefs proceed to make several dishes out of the said ingredients (and a generously stocked kitchen containing basic ingredients and spices), in 20 minutes, with the help of the contestants and the programme host. As the contestants taste the prepared dishes, the host asks the chef some questions about the food. Prior to the September 2006 programme season it was customary for the chefs to name their dishes, which usually included a pun. Naming of the dishes continues to take place.

The creations are voted on by the studio audience, who hold up a card showing either a red tomato or green pepper to represent each of the teams. The winner receives a cash prize of £100, which celebrity guests donate to charity (an example the regular guests will sometimes follow). The runner-up receives a hamper which includes a variety of items, such as a set of knives, pasta and sauces, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
A new set was introduced on 27 August 2007 and the cards used to conduct the vote were replaced with handsets. The prizes were also changed, the winner now being awarded a plate and the loser a mug.

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