What you need to know about BBC’s Top of the Shop

Up and coming amateur food producers from across Britain will promote and sell their delicious wares in a real shop in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in a new BBC Two series presented by two-Michelin starred chef and presenter Tom Kerridge.

The new 8 episode series Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge produced by Studio Lambert gives these passionate kitchen table producers an opportunity to showcase their produce to real customers as well as two expert judges as they attempt to convince them that their product is the best and deserves a permanent space on our shelves.

The judges – food writer and restaurateur Nisha Katona and artisan expert Alison Swan Parente, will be assessing whether their creations have what it takes to sustain a profitable business. But crucially, it’s not just the judges the producers have to impress – making sales in the shop and appealing to the taste buds, and wallets, of the local community will be just as important if their product is to be awarded the coveted best in shop title.

Britain is in the midst of an artisan food revolution and this series celebrates the craft of making delicious things: from smoking meat to handmade cheeses and chocolates, to chutneys and preserves, foodie enthusiasts can’t get enough of food that is created with natural ingredients, bold flavours and rediscovered traditional methods.

At the end of the series, in the eighth and final show, the shop will be filled with the seven winning products from the seven different categories. The judges will ask the locals to help them one last time to decide which producer and product is the best overall.

Top of the Shop starts on April 17th on BBC2 at 8PM.