Since the foodie TV revolution began about five years ago with MasterChef and then My Kitchen Rules became a ratings winner, Ten's daytime cooking show Ready Steady Cook has been quietly simmering away as a viewer favourite.
"It's very popular and people are very loyal towards it. We get nominated every year for most popular lifestyle show," host Colin Lane says from his Sydney home.
"The more TV networks think that something has to be whizzbang and sophisticated, the more that the audience love the kind of good, doesn't-take-itself-too-seriously programming with nice, friendly people not trying to be something that we're not."
Lane - best known as the Lano from comedy duo Lano and Woodley, who split in 2006 after almost 20 years together - is the third host of Ready Steady Cook since it debuted in 2006.
"There was a little bit of consternation from viewers when I took over from Peter Everett but then we got nominated for a Logie last year and it rates really well," he says.
As most daytime TV fans will be aware, the show sees two teams (Capsicum and Tomato), each consisting of a professional chef and an audience member, compete against each other, both trying to create the best entree, meal and dessert within 20 minutes. There is also a final showdown between the opposing chefs, who each prepare a dish in a strict time limit.
This year, a new segment will be introduced which will see home viewers Skype in with questions for the professional chefs.
"We're doing a Skype segment, which is pretty exciting for daytime TV," Lane explains.
"Someone Skypes us from their house and asks 'how do I make sandwiches more interesting for my kids?' Or 'I've just become gluten-intolerant, what do you suggest?' And the two chefs answer the cooking issues for viewers at home. It's keeping up with the kids."
Ready Steady Cook has been the launching pad for many popular celebrity chefs, including My Kitchen Rules host and judge Manu Feildel and MasterChef's George Calombaris.
"A lot of people have gone on to bigger and better things," says Lane. "This season there are a few new faces and all the old favourites are there as well, Jacqui Gowan and Janelle Bloom.
"Then there's Miguel Maestre, who is incredibly energetic. He's just so passionate and so entertaining and the audience loved him, so basically I set up a camping chair at the back of the studio and let him take it away.
"The only issue is that when I'd finish talking to him I'd cross to the other side and he would still be talking at the same volume so it was like, 'hey, Miguel, shut up!'"
As well as regular contestants, there are celebrities getting behind the stove again this season. "There's a lot of celebrities on the show, there's a lot of Channel 10 crew obviously, rugby league players and some radio guys," says Lane.
The comedian, who is developing a musical theatre extravaganza with David Collins from the Umbilical Brothers, has enjoyed learning more about cooking since he began as host in 2011. "I know what Tarte Tatin is, I know what a kofta is, I've even made toffee at home with crushed nuts," he says.
"I love food, I love talking about food, I love going to lovely restaurants but I still don't actually crave creating things in the kitchen.
"I do annoy my wife sometimes when she's toiling over the kitchen stove and I come over and start asking her annoying questions and she says 'what are we doing? Are we just going to throw to a commercial break in a minute?'
"I do like finding out things but I don't have an intense yearning to spend time in the kitchen. I find it too stressful, especially if other people are there. I can't talk and entertain and cook at the same time."Ready Steady Cook airs Monday to Friday at 2pm on Ten.
'The West Australian' is a trademark of West Australian Newspapers Limited 2013.
All rights reserved.
Select your state to see news for your area.