Jason AthertonMichelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is to co-host a new television programme together with Lorraine Pascale.

The chef-patron of London restaurants Pollen Street Social and Little Social as well as the forthcoming Social Eating House, will co-present and judge My Kitchen Rules on Sky Living HD.

The programme, which is being produced in the spring and aired later in the year, will be the UK version of the popular cookery show of the same name from Australia. It will see amateur cooking couples compete against each other first in their homes and then in a series of more complicated challenges catering for the public before facing elimination during cook-offs.

It marks 2012 Chef Award Catey winner Atherton’s first foray into television presenting, having previously appeared in programmes including Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef.

Atherton said: “When I was asked to get involved in the project and was sent the initial proposal from Australia I was so excited to be part of a programme which showcases serious food for home cooks, it’s a super cool programme and I like the idea of being involved.  I get asked to do a lot of TV and often say no, but I’m thankful to makers of the series Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK) and Sky for giving me the opportunity to host a show like this. They think it’s going to be a smash hit. We’re going to be travelling the depths of the country showcasing the great ingredients that this country has got to offer, we’re going to be seeing beautiful cities and countryside.

“It’s going to show people at home how far we’ve come as a nation and that there is some serious talent out there. The people taking part are great characters with incredible cooking skills – you only have to look at the Australian series, the talent is extraordinary. This is not a TV series that’s going to be down on people, it’s going to watch people grow from timid cooks to great cooks, and I’m hoping to pass on the culinary knowledge I have learnt over the last 25 years in the industry to educate people about good food.”

Michele Kurland, head of factual entertainment for Sky, said: “It is fantastic to have two of the UK’s best loved chefs coming to Sky Living to make this exciting, zesty and creative cookery competition. Jason and Lorraine are the perfect pairing and I am thrilled we can draw on their vast experience.”
Lorraine Pascale added: “I am truly delighted to be working with the world renowned chef Jason Atherton on My Kitchen Rules. I am a huge fan of Jason’s beautiful food; he is a very talented and exciting chef which makes him the perfect co-host and judging partner for the show.”

Pascale has worked in restaurants, including Pétrus, Gilgamesh and the Wolseley. In 2011 Pascale presented her first TV cookery show, Baking Made Easy.