Ready Steady Cook: TVNZ finally has a cooking show even non-cooks can enjoy


Ready-to-use cooking

I’m not a fan of cooking shows, probably, because I’m a cooking challenge. Some people can create a beautiful meal out of nothing. Once I set the kitchen on fire, making soup out of a package.

So serve me on a platter and call me surprised; I love Ready Steedy Cook! It’s a cooking show that even non-cooks can enjoy.

In each episode, two contestants are given a small budget to spend on what they love. They are then paired with a chef who is surprised by the ingredients and given 20 minutes to turn them into a meal. And this is the first round.

Round two is a 10-minute version, but with ingredients selected from a generic studio board.

Then the public votes for the winner, and that person receives a prize package. Peasy easy.

The show is hosted by host Ryan Clark-Neal, who zooms throughout the studio to interview chefs, keep contestants comfortable and occasionally lend a hand. The chefs are a mix of different styles, attitudes and accents, which makes for some humorous moments, especially when things are going well. Fun and easy.

Ryan Clark-Neal is the host of Ready Steady Cook.


Ryan Clark-Neal is the host of Ready Steady Cook.

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If you were a fan of The good wife or The good fightthen discover this series of the same creators.

Kristen Bouchard is an accomplished mountaineer who traded Everest for a degree in forensic psychology after her youngest daughter was born with a serious heart condition. Effectively a single mother as her husband continues to climb overseas, she is under contract with the district attorney as a pre-trial competency expert. She meets a lot of bad people, but the money is good. Or it was, until she got fired for refusing to lie.

Enter David Acosta, the handsome war reporter-turned-priest-in-training who, out of the blue, asks her to work with him for the Catholic Church, gauging requests for exorcisms and holiness. With Ben, an atheist tech whiz who was raised Muslim; the team reviews cases referred to it by the Church and recommends whether further action is needed – or not. It doesn’t matter that Kristen doesn’t believe it – and the money is really good.

Evil sounds ridiculous, and it’s supposed to. Cleverly, this allows the show to borrow things you’d expect ITUC, myth busters, In the mind of a killer or The Exorcist. As much about Kristen, David and Ben as it is investigations, a larger story arc develops over the two seasons, one that will have you crying with laughter as you double check that the doors are locked.

Super smart, extremely funny and sometimes downright terrifying; I can’t wait for season three, which is currently in production.


The Holiday is now available to stream on TVNZ OnDemand.


Not to be confused with the Kate Winslet/Cameron Diaz film, this is the last hit thriller adapted to the small screen.

Set primarily in Malta, it’s the story of four women, best friends since college, who now, 20 years later, are all on vacation together, accompanied by their spouses and children.

Best friends, they tell each other everything. Is not it? Turns out not; they don’t. And as the secrets sit, suspicions arise and some very unpleasant possibilities become more and more likely. But it’s not just adults who have problems. The teens both have issues that could blow the whole trip apart, and as different parenting styles start to cringe, things get complicated in a storm of assumptions, lies, half-truths and confessions. regrettable. Being betrayed by a lover is one thing, but being betrayed by your best friends? Some things just can’t be forgiven; some things people have to pay for.

Spread over four episodes, Vacations has some well thought out twists that will keep you guessing for the most part. Beautifully shot around Malta, I suspect more than a few holidays are booked there after seeing this.


Born to Spy is now available to stream on TVNZ OnDemand.

Born to spy

It’s an important moment in the life of every child: when he realizes that his parents were really cool. They weren’t always boring; they even had secrets. And it is this idea that Born to spy builds on.

15-year-old Yu Na and her 12-year-old brother Min wake up one morning to find that their very annoying parents are gone. A strange note asks them to look after the dog until they return, but the Park family doesn’t own a dog – just a hardware store – and Mr. and Mrs. Park would never give up on him or their children. Yu Na tries to keep things running smoothly, but it’s a lot harder than she thought.

An even bigger surprise is the underground lair: his parents are spies, gone on a mission! It’s up to Yu Na, Min, and their best friends to keep their base safe and out of the hands of the villains hunting Park’s parents.

In just 10 episodes, Born to spy is perfect for ages 8 and up, with a mix of physical and verbal comedy. I like the fact that we see a lot of diversity in children’s television and that the characters are not stereotypes. If only more things made for adults were this advanced!


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