So here we are, the BBC’s much-hyped new show The Big Family Cooking Showdown is finally served, fresh from the oven.
Executives are hoping it will turn out to be the holy grail – a joyous family-friendly food programme that offers something genuinely new, while filling the vast void left when Bake Off departed to Channel 4 last year.
It certainly seems to have the right ingredients. Co-presenting the 12-part series in the role Mel and Sue made their own on GBBO are Nadiya Hussain, the BBC’s new golden girl who won Bake Off two years ago, and old hand Zoe Ball.
And taking up the judging duties vacated by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are feisty Rosemary Shrager (who insists she’s not the new Mary Berry, by the way) and the Mr Nice Guy of the line-up, Italian chef and restaurateur Giorgio Locatelli.
Feeding four for £10, inviting the judges…