Now that the Sue Perkins-style of TV presenting is in the ascendant, some will consider it a blessed relief to be spared the fanny jokes for an hour.
As well as being back on our screens with comedy partner Mel Giedoryc in a fifth series of The Great British Bake-Off, Sue has a new show all over her own, Cooks’ Questions, which began last week on More 4. If the BBC would only commission another series of Supersizers with Giles Coren, we’d be in a Perkins paradise.
In format, Cooks’ Questions is quite a lot like Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, so why isn’t it also on the radio? Because then we wouldn’t be able to salivate over the beautiful dishes created each week by Perkins’ three guest chefs.
It’s very much proper restaurant-quality food, certainly not the kind of thing you’d have the time or energy to dish up after work, but now that Jamie Oliver and his many imitators have the quick ‘n’ easy ‘n’ cheap eats covered, there’s room for a more aspirational cooking show on television.
Useful tips this week included the five basic sauces every cook should master and how to get the most out of your spice rack.