Who is Rosemary Shrager? The Big Family Cooking Showdown judge alongside Nadiya Hussain

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ROSEMARY Shrager is leading the BBC’s top cooking show after it lost The Great British Bake Off.

The TV chef takes on the judge’s role on new cookery show The Big Family Cooking Showdown and her infectious personality is proving a hit with viewers. Here’s the lowdown…

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Rosemary Shrager is TV chef who first found fame on Ladette to Lady

Who is Rosemary Shrager?

Rosemary Shrager is a 66-year-old chef, best known for being a teacher of haute cuisine and working at some of the best restaurants in London.

During her career she has worked with Jean-Christophe Novelli and Pierre Koffmann at his internationally famous Tante Claire restaurant.

Rosemary is also an accomplished author, having released six cookery books since 2001.

She married Michael Shrager in 1973 when she was 22. They have two children.

 Rosemary starred in The Real Marigold Hotel with other celebrity senior citizens last year

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Rosemary starred in The Real Marigold Hotel with other celebrity senior citizens last year

What shows have I seen Rosemary on?

Rosemary has been a regular on TV, having first found fame on Ladette to Lady in 2005 where she was the Vice Principal and cookery teacher at Eggleston Hall.

She also presided over Soapstar Superchef in 2007 before making a star turn on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2012, where she finished in sixth place.

Last year she appeared on The Real Marigold Hotel, which followed a group of celebrity senior citizens on a journey to India.

 Rosemary is a judge on The Big Family Cooking Showdown

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Rosemary is a judge on The Big Family Cooking Showdown

What is the The Big Family Cooking Showdown? When can I watch it?

The Big Family Cooking Showdown is a replacement show for The Great British Bake Off, which has moved to Channel 4.

Hosted by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, sixteen families welcome the BBC into their own kitchens to whip up dishes using their favourite family recipes.

Challenges are set by Rosemary and fellow judge Giorgio Locatelli in both the studio kitchen and home kitchens up and down the country during each hour-long show, whittling down the teams of cooks through a series of challenges.

A TV insider told The Sun: “The gloves are off. This is going to be a proper battle.”

The show kicked off on August 15 at 8pm on BBC Two and continues on Tuesday evenings for 12 weeks.

 Rosemary - who has also appeared on I'm a Celebrity - is excited for her new TV project

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Rosemary – who has also appeared on I’m a Celebrity – is excited for her new TV project

What does Rosemary have to say about her new TV show?

Speaking to the BBC, Rosemary said: “It’s wonderful to be meeting families with their own recipes and to be judging good honest family food.

“I’m hoping to be inspired and surprised by the dishes these families cook at home to put a smile on each other’s faces.

“We’ll be searching for a household where food is at the heart of their family, with kitchen duties and recipes shared between the generations.”

Rosemary Shrager talks about The Big Family Cooking Showdown on Lorraine

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