Reluctant judge Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman was hesitant about judging 'Food Glorious Food' because he didn't want to be part of an "aggressive and hostile" programme

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Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman was hesitant about judging 'Food Glorious Food'.

The 62-year-old presenter is making his TV comeback as a judge on the show alongside Tom Parker Bowles, Anne Harrison and Stacie Stewart and was concerned the programme would be as "aggressive and hostile" as creator Simon Cowell's other show, 'The X Factor', but is delighted by the tone of the series.

He said: "When I first heard it being described as 'The X Factor' of cookery I was a little bit unsure and not absolutely convinced it was for me.

"I didn't want to be on an aggressive, hostile show. There is enough of that on TV - chefs in white jackets shouting at people for entertainment.

"We've passed the high tide of hostility television, we've had enough of it.

"So it was fun for it to be called 'The Eggs Factor', but that's not what the show is."

Loyd believes the judges come a distant second to the contestants and their stories on the programme, and believes the people featured show their passions for food, rather than a desire to be famous.

He added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "I think, particularly for a programme like this, the engagement with the public is more interesting than how we judge people.

"We love food and are immediately sympathetic to people who love food and make things.

"It was like harking back to the original days of 'MasterChef', when people were on there because they really loved cooking.

"They didn't want to have their own restaurants or to write cookbooks, they just loved cooking."

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