NEW Ready Steady Cook host Rylan Clark-Neal says he assumed all chefs were “a***holes” before doing the show.
The former X Factor contestant takes over from previous hosts Ainsley Harriott and Fern Britton when the BBC1 show returns in March.
Rylan, 31, told The Sun: “I don’t mean to generalise, but a lot of chefs that I’ve met in the past are quite arrogant and can be quite cutting with their comments, there’s a lot of egos in the chef world.
“And I remember asking, “Is there any a***holes? Are you sure?’ and I was just as over the moon when I met the guys, and we all met first in a test kitchen and we literally walked in and said hello and that was it.”
The show, which ran for 21 series before it was axed in 2010, has been a hotbed for budding culinary talent.
Chefs James Martin, Gino D’Acampo and Antony Worral-Thompson all found fame on the show.
Rylan will be joined by chefs Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh on the rebooted programme.
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And they admitted to having had similar doubts about him as a former talent show star.
Anna, head chef at Myrtle restaurant in London, said: “I thought Rylan would have a massive ego and it would be attention for him and instead he gives it to us.
“He makes us look good by asking us questions.”