February 2015 highlights
Supersize Vs Superskinny Series 7
From Sunday 8th February at 20:25 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv
Documentary series in which two extreme eaters – one very overweight and the other severely underweight – swap diets in an attempt to change the way they view food and eating.
In the feeding clinic this time is Caribbean chef Gary Tomlin, who tips the scales at 21 stone eight, and Amy Simons, whose meal-skipping bad habits see her weigh in at eight stone three. Later, thirty-four-year-old serial dieter Joanne Allan, who weighs in at 19 stone and five pounds, meets 20-year-old fizzy drink addict Guy Sykes, in a swap that’s packed with drama and tears.
Thirty-four-year-old junk food addict Jackie Kenworthy meets 70-year-old great grandmother Beth Edwards, who lives on a diet of egg and toast.
Later, twenty-two-stone takeaway fan Charlene Shattock meets sugary tea addict Mick Wickes, who survives on one tiny meal a day, for a diet swap packed with drama and tension.
Next in the Feeding Clinic, Joseph, a 22 and a half stone honey nut cereal addict, swaps meals with Superskinny breakfast-skipping runner Rebecca who weighs in at just seven and a half stone.
Come Dine with Me: Supersized Series 8 (19 episodes)
From Friday 13th February at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv
Five total strangers take turns hosting the ultimate dinner party for their fellow contestants who give points for the night based on the food and atmosphere.
Each show has its own comedy and drama revolving around the eccentric personalities highlighted by a wickedly funny narration. With cooking disasters and fiercely competitive hosts, Come Dine with Me is an irresistible invitation
MasterChef Series 10 (24 episodes)
From Tuesday 24th February at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv
It’s the contest that has launched culinary careers and inspired amateur cooks everywhere – now the search begins again for another MasterChef champion.
The popular series is packed with tension, tears and raw talent as 60 contestants initially line up in the famous MasterChef kitchen to try and make it through to the final.
Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to put the contestants through their paces with invention tests, intense culinary challenges – including being thrown in at the deep end in high-pressure professional kitchens – and the chance to create their own brilliant dishes.
As they battle through the heats in the hope of avoiding elimination, which of these amateur cooks will impress the judges and carry off the coveted MasterChef title?
The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure Series 1
From Tuesday 24th February at 21:00 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 on DStv
In their most adventurous road trip yet, the Hairy Bikers tour the birthplaces of favourite Asian cuisines.
First of all they are in Hong Kong, where they discover the secrets of wok chi at one of the city’s street food stalls, and cook with a grandma in her tiny kitchen.
Breakfast reveals a surprising legacy of British rule, and the bikers are sent on their way with a traditional Chinese good luck ceremony.
The Hairy Bikers travel to the beaches of the south and the mountains of the north to discover how Thailand’s multicultural history and its place at the heart of the spice trade has created a rich and varied cuisine. They meet a coconut-picking monkey, head out to sea during the monsoon for what turns out to be a rather nerve-wracking fishing expedition, and they cook their own jungle curry for a remote hill tribe.
Next, the bikers head off into the heart of traditional Japan to find out about the historic roots of Japanese cuisine.
Dave puts his Strictly fancy footwork into action, kneading noodle dough the artisan way. The duo then take an awe-inspiring bike ride to see Mount Fuji, spend a night at a Buddhist temple and are entertained by one of Kyoto’s geisha, complete with traditional drinking games.