The Fabulous Baker Brothers

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

Wednesdays 7:30pm, from 16 October (6:30pm BKK/JKT)

With five generations of baking tradition behind them, Herbert brothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher’s shop next door, will take you into the heat of the British artisan kitchen and give you the inside scoop on baking. The boys roll up their sleeves and lead fellow foodies through their delicious recipes packed with full-on fillings, tempting toppings and awesome accompaniments that bring in stacks of delicious flavours.

Forget about fancy fare and over-the-top presentations because when it comes to food, the brothers look for nothing more than down-to-earth, quality meals that satisfy taste buds and stomachs. Join THE FABULOUS BAKER BROTHERS as they dish out tantalising eats manly enough for men and suitably scrumptious for the ladies.

Each episode centres around a theme and ends with an epic battle known as the Pie War, which sees the brothers go head-to-head as they serve up their pie versions to hungry judges.

 

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Biographies

Fifth generation bakers Tom and Henry Herbert come from a long line of family food lovers and are carrying on the tradition with gusto.

The brothers are no strangers to television and are also talented journalists, contributing regularly to renowned food publications and featuring in newspaper columns.

 

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TOM HERBERT
Aged 36

Fresh out of baking college, Tom won ‘Young Baker of the Year,’ heading out with a wealth of artisanal nous. His family business, Hobbs House Bakery, has won many prestigious awards and featured in the Independent’s top 50 food shops.

“With an insatiable appetite for family, for food, for perfectionism, and with a zeal for imaginative design, I am the bodacious baker, exerting a willful spontaneity that is sticking a polished brogue up the sloppy backside of British baking.” 

 

HENRY HERBERT
Aged 26

Ex head chef at the Coach and Horses in Farringdon, Henry is passionate about carefully sourced, good quality seasonal ingredients. Reviving old recipes is part of his mission to restore the food culture in Britain. He now runs a butchery.

“I feel it’s about time the British butcher had a shake-up, waking up to modern tastes and bringing back some of the pride this country once had in meat. Coming from the point of view of a cook, I feel I have something to offer the customer other butchers may have struggled with. 

 

Episode Guide

HUNGER
16 October
Tom demonstrates how to make the perfect white loaf, which coincidentally also makes the perfect chip butty. They reveal the method to their ‘Trencher’ recipe – an epic open-top hanger steak sandwich topped with wild mushrooms and crispy salad. They also showcase their unique creation – chocolatey ‘Sticky Sticks’ doughnuts. In a weekly pie-making competition the brothers call Pie War, they go head-to-head in a battle to win over the judges – this week, it is a group of hungry farmers. Henry chooses to make a meaty rabbit pie and Tom a hearty ploughman’s lunch-inspired pasty.

FAST
23 October
Tom and Henry are baking recipes that are fast and furious. There’s soda bread and homemade butter, ready to eat within 30 minutes of baking, then a race to make the speediest snack – ‘Pizza Vs Toastie,’ the ultimate bloke’s battle. Want a curry in a hurry? Well, Henry's got a blinder, topped off with Tom’s super quick chapatti. With a 1-0 lead, Henry needs to stave off his big brother as they go face-to-face in their weekly Pie War; this week’s challenge - five fearless fire fighters need a pie they can eat on the go.

LOVE
Tom and Henry are cooking up the food of love. There’s the ultimate romantic breakfast in bed with eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and spinach muffins. They whip up a “get out of trouble chocolate cake” and some “melt in the middle chocolate pots”- handy to help score brownie points when you’re in the dog house, then a slow cooked cassoulet with duck and sausages; the perfect dish for big family occasions when all your loved ones are together. And with the Pie War score standing at 1-1, there’s everything to bake for in this week’s battle. Tom and Henry make sweet pies in an attempt to woo five glamorous hairdressers and secure their votes.

LONG
30 October
This episode is all about food that takes a long time to prepare, but don’t let that put you off – the results are totally worth the wait. Tom and Henry make slow cooked pulled pork served stuffed into homemade pita bread. Tom makes a sourdough loaf using the family’s 56-year-old sourdough culture and tells you how to make your very own, then there’s a traditional steamed pudding soaked in flaming booze and covered with a toffee sauce, a vintage classic.  Henry’s creeping into the lead in the weekly battle as the Pie War scoreboard stands at 2-1. This week’s judges are seven triathletes who are looking for a hearty pie to fuel them for their lengthy training. Tom and Henry make big, savoury pies for the endurance athletes to test run.

CHEAP
6 November
Tom and Henry are firing out budget-busting, cheap and cheerful food that doesn’t scrimp on flavour. Henry makes sliders; mini bite-sized burgers served in Tom’s ultimate burger bun with delicious toppings. You can’t get much cheaper than toast so Tom and Henry pimp it up as they make their favourite ‘Things on Toast’ – Baker Brothers beans and mackerel pate. And they’ve got a mean recipe for a classic cheap favourite, toad in the hole. The Pie Wars competition builds as Tom bakes to stay in the game and plays catch up to his younger brother Henry’s 3-1 lead. The brothers face their most dangerous Pie War battlefield yet – the student kitchen! Tom and Henry make low cost pies topped with mashed potato for a hungry group of students, the experts of cheap living. There’s a big pile of washing up waiting for the loser.

HARD
13 November
Tom and Henry make the ultimate lads show off food; beef wellington. Getting the fillet perfectly cooked while it’s wrapped up in pastry is like baking with a blindfold on. Tom’s got the ultimate diet-busting bread; he makes a multilayered, multi-calorie lardy cake. And, power tools at the ready as the brothers show you how to build your very own smoke house to make the ultimate smoked dogs! The brothers’ Pie Wars reaches a dramatic finale as the boys are judged by the National Association of Master Bakers. Will baker Tom face the ultimate humiliation in the face of his industry experts? Or will Henry’s winning streak finally be sliced by his older brother? And with all Pie War scores considered, which brother will be crowned the series champion and receive the coveted title of Pie Wars Champ?