NEW IDEA'S SATURDAY KITCHEN returns to Seven this month with new hosts- husband and wife team STUART MACGILL and RACHEL FRIEND .

The Aussie cricketer and his journalist wife are self confessed foodies- and will team up for the first time on television to introduce some of the world's top chefs.

Adding a measure of local flavour will be New Idea's food director BARBARA NORTHWOOD. Barbara will join Stuart and Rachel in the kitchen each week to prepare some of her favourite dishes direct from the pages of New Idea.

Together they present tips, short cuts, recipes and ingredients - all blended together in this two hour program.

New Idea's Saturday Kitchen will showcase seafood guru RICK STEIN , flamboyant chef AINSLEY HARRIOTT , celebrity chef JAMIE OLIVER , kitchen queen DELIA SMITH , Aussie chef BEN O' DONOGHUE with co stars PAUL MERRETT and SILVANA FRANCO , self-taught chef NICK NAIRN , Italian chef ANTONIO CARLUCCIO and GIORGIO LOCATELLI who teams up with TONY ALLAN .

Rachel said she and Stuart were looking forward to getting some tips from Barbara Northwood in the kitchen: "We are serious foodies and Stu especially knows a lot about wine, so hopefully our enthusiasm is infectious enough to drive you into the kitchen", she said.

"I can't wait to exchange my whites for an apron and I think we are very fortunate to have two children who can help burn off Barbara's delicious recipes", Stuart says.

The first episode on Saturday April 29 features Rachel and Barbara whipping up chicken with caramelised nashi pear and onion.

Top seafood chef Rick Stein takes viewers back to his sea loving roots by cooking Australia 's favourite dish, fish and chips as well as a seafood paella and poached salmon with mayonnaise.

Antonio Carluccio shows off his childhood home in Northern Italy, where old friends and family help him create his all time favourite dishes including rich buttery Polenta, homemade ravioli and the world's healthiest soup.

Two top chefs and a fabulous cook- Paul Merrett, Silvana Franco and Ben O'Donoghue present 'THE BEST' where all three produce their own versions of the same classic dish and are judged on their efforts- this week find out who will make the greatest steak dinner!


every SATURDAY at 2.30PM on SEVEN