Matt Tebbutt admits some Saturday Kitchen guests ‘put him on edge’
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Matt Tebbutt is well known for his BBC cooking show Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped. Before that, the TV chef ran his own restaurant with his wife, Lisa, before giving it up for a career in TV. Every week, the 48-year-old invites a host of famous faces to his show. In the past, he has welcomed the likes of BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty, singer Ronan Keating and Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas.
However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Matt explained the pressure of being on TV is very different to working in a restaurant kitchen.
“The pressure of a kitchen is a pressure like never I’ve felt quite frankly,” the chef admitted.
“I mean, it’s relentless, it’s tough and it lasts for hours.
“The pressure you get from TV is more of a nervous pressure that you put upon yourself.”
Matt continued: “And it’s just through familiarity that you get used to doing something like that and support of a really good team behind you.
“If I didn’t have a great crew that I was friends with, it’d be very different because you would feel kind of isolated out there on that stage on your own.
“I’ve got an earpiece, so the gallery can speak to me and tell me all the timings in my ear. So, it’s not you’re not totally alone.
“And plus, the fact you’re standing up there and you’re chatting to your friends. Some of these chefs I’ve known for years now.”
The TV presenter went on to address the guests he welcomes onto the show.
Matt went on to admit that despite having the “best job in the world”, some of his guests put him on edge.
He said: “So each day you’re meeting someone really funny or interesting or musical or just you know, massively creative in some fashion.
“It’s the best job in the world. And you know what, a little bit of pressure just puts you on edge enough to up your game.”
Speaking about the range of guests, Matt explained: “I mean I’m quite happy to see who turns out.
“We’ve had so many great people. I really wanted Gary Barlow to come on the show and he did.
“And he was an absolute joy and we have stayed in touch since.
“There are always some people who just put you on edge because you never know what they’re going to come out with next.”
“So that’s always fun and makes it entertaining,” the chef added.
Matt also opened up about the restaurant trade, and how the pandemic has been crippling to many of his chef friends.
He went on to emphasise how both Brexit and COVID-19 has also had a huge impact on British farmers.
Matt explained since restaurants have been able to open, they have been hitting record months, although the problem is a lot of places “have no staff”.
Saturday Kitchen airs on Saturdays at 10am on BBC One
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