The Ready, Steady, Chuck! Recipes

All of the recipes featured at Ready, Steady, Chuck! Challenges over the years can be found from the links below, starting with the most recent. Try them out for yourself at home! The unique challenge of Ready, Steady, Chuck! means that all of these recipes can be easily recreated at home with no need for expenditure on specialist kitchen equipment. All the ingredients should be readily available at your nearest Ready, Steady, Chuck!-compatible supermarket.

2017 Challenge

Dip-Dyed Muffin Avocado Stone Dip-Dyed Muffin Avocado Stone
Horny Little Leonine Ardennes Trilobites Horny Little Leonine Ardennes Trilobites
English Breakfast Millefeuille, Over Easy English Breakfast Millefeuille, Over Easy
Aztec Curried Prawn Pie on a Bed of Curry-Wilted Lettuce Aztec Curried Prawn Pie on a Bed of Curry-Wilted Lettuce

Once again, our celebrity chefs competed in an unsuspecting kitchen in Bangor for the 12th Ready, Steady, Chuck! challenge. Chef Kath's adventurous attempt to incorporate no fewer than five liquid ingredients in her lemon, lentil and stilton dessert only failed to deliver because of its disappointingly soggy base. In a brave attempt to bring paté-ontology into the kitchen for the first time, artistically working with spicy fruit, vegetable, chocolate and meat flavours, Chef Al once again proved himself far ahead of fashion and probably just one step too far for the palates of the judges. The contrasting edibility of Chef Kirsty's modern vision of the take away fruity prawn and lettuce curry, though, might have won, if it hadn't been so harshly criticised for the inclusion of the foil pie tray in its final presentation. But all were surpassed in the end by Chef Andy's winning creation that combined classical French pastry skills with elements of an English breakfast, garlic, and Haribo mix. Nice.

2015 Challenge

Plum Pureé Hostility Plum Pureé Hostility
Super Six Surprise Super Six Surprise
Choco Chip Banana Porridge Redux Choco Chip Banana Porridge Redux

2015 was the first year that the Ready, Steady, Chuck! Challenge was run using the Ready, Steady, Chuck! EXPRESS™ rules. Only three Chefs competed, but the standard was as high as usual. A close-run thing, with Chef Al coming out a surprise winner, despite his signature ingredient of cheese & onion crisps.

2014 Challenge

Thai Lemon Islands, Baby Thai Lemon Islands, Baby
Sandwich Snack Sardine Stack Sandwich Snack Sardine Stack
Fort Orange Fort Orange
Asian Fusion Meets Poultry Passion, or Chicken Tikka Choco-Choco with Infused Melon Tea Asian Fusion Meets Poultry Passion
My Barque Is Worse Than My Bite My Barque Is Worse Than My Bite

Five chefs competed at the 10th Ready, Steady, Chuck! Challenge in 2014, and some new and challenging ingredients were seen, some for the first time ever, not least fresh sardines. The event had both deconstructional and constructional themes, often in the same dishes, no less than three of them attempting to build scenes and structures, but it was Chef Kath's original melding of salad, chocolate and barbecue flavours that eventually won the day.

2012 Challenge

Screwy English Breakfast Tcheeseburgers Screwy English Breakfast Tcheeseburgers
Chewy Chocolate & Bacon Upside-Down Cake Chewy Chocolate & Bacon Upside-Down Cake
Bangor Bongo Bonus Biscuit Bangor Bongo Bonus Biscuit
Nuclear Beach Nuclear Beach
Strawberry Choco-Chicken Hedgehog Log Strawberry Choco-Chicken Hedgehog Log
Fizzy Fishy Bangor Bang Fizzy Fishy Bangor Bang

2012 was another great year. Chef Marcus joined the Challenge for the first time, establishing himself as the master of the fishy dessert. As usual, the Ready, Steady, Chuck! celebrity chefs were on top form, their cheffy ingenuity seemingly knowing no bounds. In the end, the 2012 Challenge was the closest of events, with virtually nothing separating the final scores. By a whisker, Chef Andrew's Bangor Bongo Bonus Biscuit was judged the winner, but the competition could not have been closer.

2011 Challenge

Hal Al Hal Al
Eee By Gum Where's My Whippet Lasagne Eee By Gum Where's My Whippet Lasagne
Me Mini Fish Cubes Me Mini Fish Cubes
Strawberry Game Double Fawlt Strawberry Game Double Fawlt
Tropical Island Paradise Tropical Island Paradise
Pavlova Sandwich Salad Pavlova Sandwich Salad

With one of the most inventive, and against all likelihood, tasty, of Ready' Steady. Chuck!'s dishes, Chef Andrew's creation Me Mini Fish Cakes won the 2011 Challenge by a whisker after points countback over Chef Andy's Pavlova Salad Sandwich. This year, not only was there was an exceptionally high standard of cheffery but six chefs - more than ever before - competed for the prize. The competition was unprecedentedly close, and some great new dishes were created. .

2010 Challenge

Fruit Sushi With Wasabi Cheese Croquettes Fruit Sushi With Wasabi Cheese Croquettes
Peekaboo Lettuce With Reclaimed Meat Accompaniment And A Peach And Beetroot Flower With Centre Of Reconstituted Creamy Steak Peekaboo Lettuce With Reclaimed Meat Accompaniment
Chocolate Olive Cheesecake With A Fig And Chocolate Coulis Chocolate Olive Cheesecake With Fig And Chocolate Coulis
21st Century Club Sandwich Odin's Longship
Black Forest Eggs With Garlic Apple Crostini Black Forest Eggs With Garlic Apple Crostini

Ready, Steady, Chuck!'s dishes seem to improve with every year's event. The 2010 Challenge was no disappointment. The beautiful presentation of Chef Andrew's Odin's Longship and Chef Andy's Fruit Sushi With Wasabi Cheese Croquettes were matched by the intricacy of preparation, and length of name, of Chef Kath's Peekaboo Lettuce With Reclaimed Meat Accompaniment And A Peach And Beetroot Flower With Centre Of Reconstituted Creamy Steak. New Challenge competitor Chef Kirsty narrowly missed a Special Achievement Award with her Chocolate Olive Cheesecake, but it was Chef Al's Black Forest Eggs that took the prize, even though they didn't actually have any eggs in them.

2009 Challenge

Fudge Fishken with a Citrus Crust Fudge Fishken with a Citrus Crust
21st Century Club Sandwich 21st Century Club Sandwich
Bangor Boy on the Way to School Bangor Boy on the Way to School
Chocolate Lemonburgers in Savoury Coffee Sauce Chocolate Lemonburgers in Savoury Coffee Sauce
Frazzled Minty Tomato and Apricot Pepper Salad Frazzled Minty Tomato and Apricot Pepper Salad

Controversy is never far away from Ready, Steady, Chuck!, as was proved by the 2009 Challenge, which, for the first time ever, resulted in no outright winner. The dishes were not short of originality, though, and some great new classic recipes were created. Despite her disqualification, Chef Kath's Fudge Fishken was arguably the most complex Ready, Steady, Chuck! recipe ever. Bangor Boy on the Way to School saw the first application of culinary embroidery by Chef Andrew. Chef Andy's Chocolate Lemonburgers demonstrated expert colour control, and Chef Al and Chef Bruce's original creations convincingly demonstrated that salads and sandwiches should never be thought of as safe options.

2009 Web Launch Specials

Foolish Jellied Party Limeybites Foolish Jellied Party Limeybites
Iced Samosas in Broccoli Cheese Orangraite Iced Samosas in Broccoli Cheese Orangraite
Nearly Parma Ham Fish Parcels With Crushed Crisp Garnish Nearly Parma Ham Fish Parcels With Crushed Crisp Garnish
Ready Steady Party Pieces Ready Steady Party Pieces

For the official web site launch in 2009, special party food dishes were created by the Ready, Steady, Chuck! celebrity chefs using random ingredients and applying the official rules on location and outside the competitive arena. The resulting dishes were sampled not only by the chefs and party guests but also by the general public, to their delight and amazement..

2009 Junior Ready, Steady, Chuck! - Home Edition Specials

The Not So Lucky Splat The Not So Lucky Splat
Spicy Cardamon Bean Salad Spicy Cardamon Bean Salad

We forced some unsuspecting children to play test Junior Ready, Steady, Chuck! - Home Edition and these are the fantastic reations they came up with! If you like these recipes why not do it yourself, by playing your own games of Junior Ready, Steady, Chuck! Home Edition?

2008

Unorthodox Onion Fondant Surprise Unorthodox Onion Fondant Surprise
Rockstar Rockstar
Jamaican Scratchy Balls Jamaican Scratchy Balls
Rocket To Jamaica Rocket To Jamaica
Oriental Mixed Meat Risotto Florentine Oriental Mixed Meat Risotto Florentine

A burst of sudden and unexpected creativity dominated the recipes in the 2008 Challenge. Chef Bruce's tasty Unorthodox Onion Fondant Surprise and Chef Andy's surprisingly wholesome Oriental Mixed Meat Risotto Florentine, and even Chef Kath's innovative approach to Weetabix preparation, were overshadowed by the food modeling that resulted in Rockstar and Chef Al's winning dish Rocket to Jamaica. This last, which could be seen to be a clear winner before it had even reached the table, won because of its impressive looks, which is also the reason it is unlikely to be available to the public except in a few very specialist restaurants.

2006

The Tizer Soak The Tizer Soak
Italo-Irish Shandy Floater Stew Italo-Irish Shandy Floater Stew
Crispy Choco-Noodle Supreme Crispy Choco-Noodle Supreme
Bangor Nipple Tipple Surprise Bangor Nipple Tipple Surprise

The 2006 challenge saw a multinational approach by the chefs to the dishes prepared. Chef Al's Crispy Choco-Noodle Supreme, a plate of creative but unconventionally-flavoured canapes reminiscent of French fancies, and Chef Andrew's Bangor Nipple Tipple Surprise, a Scottish-styled teacake porridge, were soundly beaten by Chef Kath's oriental The Tizer Soak. And the photos of what happened to the Italo-Irish Shandy Floater Stew (see A Walk Through the Ready, Steady, Chuck! Challenge) tell the story of Chef Bruce's dish far better than mere words allow.

2005

Choc Ice and Potato Salad Surprise Choc Ice and Potato Salad Surprise
Curry Biscuit With Chocolate Vanilla Vinaigrette Curry Biscuit With Chocolate Vanilla Vinaigrette
Cheesy Sponge Pudding Cheesy Sponge Pudding
Grapefruit and Cheese Toastie Grapefruit and Cheese Toastie
Marmalized Pork Marmalized Pork

The 2005 challenge remains highly controversial because of the investigation of Chef Andrew's appeal against disqualification. Because it's possible there was a 2004 Challenge which everyone seems to have wiped completely from their memories. But besides deep-frying cabbage in margarine (which we assume did happen this year, even though we didn't have a cabbage), the outstanding memory of 2005 is Chef Al's Curry Biscuit, which - let's face it - would probably have been far better had it not happened at all. Stuffing sponge puddings with cheese is arguably more acceptable. And, of course, no sane person could forget the Miracle Whip experience.

2002

Cheesy Potato Profiteroles in Cherry-Orange Coulis Cheesy Potato Profiteroles in Cherry-Orange Coulis
Fruity Vegetable Battenburgers Fruity Vegetable Battenburgers
Blue Madeira Toast with Ilchester Gratin Blue Madeira Toast with Ilchester Gratin
Melo-Banana Compote with Savoury Vegetable Parcels Melo-Banana Compote with Savoury Vegetable Parcels

2002 is remembered in particular for the Baby Banana Porridge Incident - otherwise known as Chef Al's Melo-Banana Compote. This defied so many culinary conventions and introduced such radical new flavours to unsuspecting palates that it will live in our memories for ever. Blue Madeira Toast and Fruity Vegetable Battenburgers were worthy runners-up, but Chef Bruce was a deserving winner with Cheesy Potato Profiteroles, which not only demonstrated good use of colour, but was also exceptionally creative in its application of ready-made mashed potato. This dish, which has become one of the icons of Ready, Steady, Chuck!, wholeheartedly captures the spirit of the Challenge by combining radically contrasting textures, colours and flavours into a unique new culinary experience.

1999

Guacamole Ginger Cake Guacamole Ginger Cake
Bacon, Avocado and Ginger Thing Bacon, Avocado and Ginger Thing
Grapefruit Sensation Grapefruit Sensation

1999 has a very special place in the hearts of all the Ready, Steady, Chuck! celebrity chefs, as this was the year that Ready, Steady, Chuck! was first conceived, and the first time the World Championship Challenge took place. Three truly classic recipes were produced. Chef Phil's Guacamole Ginger Cake and Chef Andrew's Grapefruit Sensation both severely challenged traditional flavour combinations. However, Chef Andy's Bacon, Avocado and Ginger Thing excelled all expectations, not only being a runaway winner, but also - and most unusually - being entirely eaten.

2001?

Deep Fried Cabbage in Margarine The Lost Recipe

We've put this one out of order, because we aren't even sure whether there was a 2001 Challenge. So, as befits its name, this recipe does not actually exist. Allegedly. Or maybe it does. Regardless, we await the outcome of the judges concerning Chef Andrew's appeal, as that will probably sort it all out sensibly in the end. For more details about this controversy, including various related conspitracy theories, see Marmalized Pork. But watch this space, as sometime soon we'll find out the truth.

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