Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? Love getting creative in the kitchen? We have just the show for you! Launching on Saturday 1st September at midday, The Weekend Kitchen is your place to pick up culinary tips from our expert guests, as well as see the latest kitchen gadgets in action.
Today we caught up with our first week’s guest, TV chef Dean Edwards. After coming second in the BBC’s Masterchef Goes Large all the way back in 2006, Dean has gone from strength to strength, most notably in the kitchen on ITV’s Lorraine where he’s been whipping up a culinary storm since 2010.
QG: Are you excited to be working with QVC on The Weekend Kitchen?
DE: I’m so excited to be joining the QVC team, I love the thrill of live television, I’m really excited by the prospect of working with fantastic ingredients; the quality on offer will make my task very easy. Plus, after meeting Katy Pullinger, I’m very sure there will be lots of laughs along the way.
QG: Where did your love of cooking begin?
DE: I’ve cooked since I was a young boy. I was always encouraged to help out in the kitchen at home. I was very lucky to have been brought up in a family where food was all-important and family meals were the highlight of the day. I was very lucky to have been given this start in life and I’m I hoping will inspire my daughter Indie in the same way.
QG: Do you prefer to cook alone or with the help of family members?
DE: I usually cook alone at home but I do try to get my daughter Indie involved when I can, although that always ends up in chaos ha ha, she’s not the tidiest of cooks so it always takes me twice as long to clean up afterwards; I love having her in the kitchen though.
QG: Which is your favourite, main course or dessert?
DE: Can I say both? I love savoury food but if you shove a sticky toffee pudding in front of my face, it’s getting demolished.
QG: What’s your favourite dish of all time to make?
DE: I really don’t think you can beat the classics. If I’m honest I get a massive buzz from seeing the faces of people enjoying my food. I would probably say a roast dinner with all the trimmings as it brings the family together or a cottage pie, Indie’s favourite.
QG: Have you ever had any kitchen disasters?
DE: Too many to mention! We all make mistakes in the kitchen and I’m always learning. I cremated a steak on live TV once and I also sprayed Lorraine Kelly with cake batter which went into the blooper reel. Neither of which, I might add, will happen in the shiny new Weekend Kitchen show!
QG: Is there a dish you’d like to perfect, but haven’t quite mastered yet?
DE: I’m always learning in the kitchen and I’m not crazy enough to think I’ve even scratched the surface. I would love to learn more about Indian cuisine and the complexity of spicing used to create the incredible dishes which vary so much from region to region.
QG: What’s been your most memorable moment as a chef?
DE: I think the incredible opportunities I’ve had since my Masterchef journey. I would never have thought all those years ago that I would be working in the food industry, it was a pipe dream. It’s been a roller-coaster journey and I still pinch myself and hope I’m not dreaming. From cooking for movie stars, to releasing my third cookbook, ‘Cook Slow’ this year, my journey had been mind blowing.
QG: Thanks for chatting, Dean! We can’t wait to see you live in action very soon.
Don’t forget to tune into The Weekend Kitchen this Saturday 1st September at midday, and head over to our website, where you can see all of the fantastic products featured.