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FOOD TELEVISION – Weekdays from 21 January, 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 10.30pm

Hosted by popular MasterChef contestant, Justine Schofield is back presenting more can-do cooking ideas as well as tips, tricks and insights into making us all more confident in the kitchen. Justine believes when it comes to cooking, a little bit of confidence goes a long way, and she’ll spend most of the time building up your confidence in the kitchen. So too will her regular and special guests, including chefs, food specialists and even fellow MasterChef contestants.

FOOD TELEVISION – Friday from 18 January, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Dinner Party Wars returns in an all new season, in a high-stakes dining extravaganza that challenges larger-than-life couples to pull out all the stops to outperform their rivals in a feast of wining, dining and undermining. From setting the menu and the table, to the cooking, conversation and all the kitchen crises, hidden cameras capture every detail. As the battle rages on inside, two expert judges watch all the action from a distance and determine the winner from the comfort of their curb-side studio.

FOOD TELEVISION – Monday from 14 January, 1.30pm, 5.30pm, 9.30pm

Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay heads back into the kitchen for the fourth season of this worldwide hit show. Expect high drama as 12 more restaurateur hopefuls pit their wits and cooking skills against each other, under the watchful eye of the terrifying Chef. The prize for the lucky winner is the chance to run their own restaurant.

FOOD TELEVISION – New Year’s Day, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm

In Food Trip with Todd English, the master chef, author and restaurateur again brings his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking to the screen. During his travels at home and abroad, Todd explores a different dish or culinary tradition, drawing inspiration for new recipes from each locale’s native cuisine and ingredients. He ventures to Phoenix and explores the city’s Mexican influences, tasting fish tacos and chili from some of its best taquerias. Course by course, Todd will explore the province of Bologna and experiences traditional cuisine. Later, Todd discovers the breads that define New York City’s diverse ethnic neighbourhoods – from the delicious naan of East 6th Street’s Indian restaurants to the classic bialy.

FOOD TELEVISION – Mondays from 31 December, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Jamie Oliver hits the road again for a culinary expedition to six great food destinations a little closer to home. Travelling across Europe and into North Africa, Jamie heads off the tourist track to experience local cultures through their food, searching out fantastic ingredients, meeting extraordinary people, and preparing his own versions of delicious recipes along the way. From truffle and boar hunting in the French Pyrenees to spear fishing off an island near Athens, Jamie attempts to uncover the freshest, most authentic dishes, including the street food of Marrakesh, herring in Sweden, and sweet prawns in Venice.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 30 December, 3pm, 7pm, 11pm

This popular series returns for a fourth season of its successful cupcake competition. Each episode features four of the U.S.’s top cupcake bakers as they face off in three elimination challenges, until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether it involves a celebrity baby shower, a star-studded movie premiere, or cupcakes fit for the Queen of England, these Cupcakes Wars are about to heat up.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 30 December, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Can three best mates survive on a holiday for five weeks without any money? Travelling through some of the most beautiful countryside three friends must live off the land and the sea and nothing else. Their means of transport is a converted 1980s electric milk float, and where possible they must recharge it using a renewable source of electricity. Each one has a specific skill to help the group survive, be it fishing, hunting, foraging, cooking or even just charm and musical prowess. Get the challenge right and they’ll eat like kings, get it wrong and they’ll be three hungry boys going nowhere fast.

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesday 25 December, 1.30pm, 5.30pm & 9.30pm

Nigel Slater presents a nostalgic celebration of well-loved Christmas dishes, past and present. From a sea bass starter to a roast duck feast and a dazzling party trifle, Nigel demonstrates how special dishes can be made simply, especially when it comes to feeding family and friends over Christmas. Nigel also prepares some winter warmers, inspired by his own festive memories and gives his dad’s annual contribution – the Christmas casserole – a tasty makeover. Plus, there is a bold and bright winter slaw inspired by the Slater festive cheeseboard. Finally, an invitation to a venison supper in a Scottish castle completes the celebrations and gives Nigel a great excuse to create a new cocktail to toast Christmas and the New Year.

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesday 25 December, 12.30pm, 4.30pm & 8.30pm

Rick Stein believes that no one celebrates Christmas in greater style than the Spanish, where the celebrations last for over a fortnight and the dishes they prepare are delicious alternatives to the usual Christmas fare. Having seen how his Spanish friends prepare for the festivities in their own homes both in Spain and the UK, Rick cooks for a special Christmas party in London to share the dishes that have inspired him most and complement the Spanish love of celebrations.

FOOD TELEVISION – Monday 24 December, 1.30pm

Follow eccentric chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze and his family in this Christmas special as they prepare indulgent chocolate recipes for a huge Christmas Eve party and family Christmas dinner. Willie shows how to create boozy chocolate mince pies, a delectable chocolate tart and an extraordinary lamb dish in a magical chocolatey special episode which will sweetly inspire.