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Has the BBC just commissioned the new 'Bake Off'?

Ellie Walker-Arnott

The reign of 'The Great British Bake Off' on the BBC is coming to an end, but the Beeb hasn't even waited for the ovens to cool before cooking up a new show. 

It's just announced 'The Big Family Cooking Challenge' – the latest food show to be commissioned for BBC2 and it sounds rather familiar... 

It's a competitive, feelgood competition where 'passionate amateurs battle it out for the chance to be crowned the nation's best home cooks'. Star cooks, if you will. 

It'll be 'inter-generational' wholesome family fun, seeing judges 'whittle down the teams of cooks through a series of challenges based on the realities of everyday meals'. Challenges, like technicals, if you will. 

It's basically 'Bake Off' but not in a tent and with more foodie possibilities. Seeing as the BBC was already scraping the barrel for themes (Tudor week, anyone?) this seems like a fine plan. 

'I'm thrilled to be taking food competitions in a different direction,' says the BBC's Acting Head of Formats and Features Donna Clark. 'A passion for food starts in the family kitchen and this format will take it into homes up and down the country where we'll meet Britain's most passionate and exciting families of cooks.' 

'The Big Family Cooking Challenge' is already in pre-production with the first episode due to hit our screens next summer. 

There's no word yet on who will be judging, but our money's on 'Cooking at Home', 'Family Recipes', 'Home Cooking' and 'Family Cooking' author Mary Berry. 

'The Great British Bake Off' concludes on Wednesday at 8pm on BBC1. 

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