Wine buff Joe Wadsack also joins the line-up, filling the spot laid vacant by Kate Goodman, who has just had her second child.
The new 10-part series is scheduled to return to the small screen in the New Year with what the BBC has described as a “revamped” format, though details of what that will mean are not yet available.Special guest stars are expected to include Raymond Blanc, who hosted his own BBC show called Food & Drink back in 1987. Fellow BBC stalwarts the Hairy Bikers and the River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are also set to appear.
The appointment of Kerridge, the chef patron of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, comes as his TV star status shines ever brighter. A Saturday Kitchen regular and Great British Menu winner-turned-judge, Kerridge first hosted his own show last year: Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food.
He followed this up in early 2014 with Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge and his latest series, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes is currently airing on BBC2. He was also a guest on Food and Drink in February 2013.
“I felt very flattered when the BBC approached me about this show. I am going to work hard to do them proud!” Kerridge said.
“I love to share my passion for food and am looking forward to getting people talking about something that is so close to my heart.”
Meanwhile Wadsack’s television credits include being Richard & Judy’s wine expert on Channel 4 and hosting his own series Great Wine Walks for UKTV’s Good Food Channel.
He commented: “I feel excited and honoured to follow in the footsteps of Oz Clarke, Jilly Goolden and Kate Goodman, and have the opportunity to arm the country with the knowledge to navigate the walls and walls of choice available in shops today, not just of wine, but the fantastic burgeoning choice of beers and ciders available today.
“Drinking well has become an intrinsic part of the eating well, and I set out to prove that it doesn’t require a big bank balance to enjoy what’s in your glass as much as what’s on our plate.”
Michel Roux Jr, outgoing host of Food and Drink and chef patron of the two-starred Le Gavroche restaurant, publicly quit the BBC in March blaming the “frustrating process” that negotiating with the broadcaster involved, and questioning whether it understood the “realities of today’s commercial world”.
His role as judge on Masterchef: The Professionals was filled by Marcus Wareing.