TV presenter and author Richard Osman escaped facing his food hell when he appeared in Saturday Kitchen as audiences were instead given a choice of two of his favorite dishes due to the “mood of the nation”.
The popular BBC program, led by chef Matt Tebbutt, normally sees audiences vote for dishes a guest has as heaven or hell, but this week the choice was between two favorites.
At the start of the show, Tebbutt told Osman: “Now Richard, you usually know how it works, usually by the end of the show you’re facing food heaven and food hell, but with the mood of the nation, this. week we will let the public decide on two of your favorite dishes. “
Former Pointless presenter Osman chose as his two dishes a ham and cheese toast and a pasta dish that he said he recently tried in Italy during the holidays called cacio e pepe.
He explained his choices by saying, “I love cheese and ham toast, is there a way to cook it? If there is, I bet you find it – plug some fennel on it or something.
“And then this summer I was in Italy and we ate a dish called cacio e pepe, and I had absolutely no idea what it was, true, but I really enjoyed it, so I’d like you to do it and then I’ll see what it is. it deals with.
Tebbutt explained the choices to viewers, saying, “Stay you guys at home”, if he made his “next-level ham and cheese toast” which he said was based on a Sicilian sandwich recipe, or the main course. , a Milanese chicken served with cheese and pepper.
Cacio e pepe is a pasta “topped with butter and black pepper sauce, parmesan and pecorino, that’s all, it couldn’t be simpler or more delicious,” said Tebbutt.
Osman, 51, announced in April this year that he would be retiring from Pointless after nearly 13 years on the BBC show, having co-hosted the show alongside Alexander Armstrong since it debuted in 2009.
The TV star said he was leaving to focus on his writing, with his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, released in September 2020.
It became a bestseller, with its global film rights later acquired by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment.
A sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, was released in September last year, with the third of Thursday Murder Club’s four books, The Bullet That Missed, now available.
Chef Ravneet Gill, MasterChef: The Professionals judge Anna Haugh, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and wine expert Olly Smith appeared alongside Osman on Saturday morning.
Cooked dishes included Haugh’s “Gleneagles pate”, a dish thought to be a favorite of the queen, with a recipe using “smoked salmon, trout and mackerel with fresh dill and lemon”, as well as an “apple and crumble di more ”by Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Gill previously cooked for the king at a charity function and said on the show that he was making “mini versions of the cake I made for King Charles, little Victoria sponges.”
Osman ended up getting Matt’s Ultimate Ham and Cheese Toastie prepared for him as 61% of the votes decided his food destiny.