MasterChef star Thomasina gets her own series

Former MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers is coming back to the small screen to dish out cooking tips.

The chef, who won the hit show in 2005 and subsequently launched Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, will present Mexican Food Made Simple on Five.

The eight-part series will follow her around the country as she searches out new recipes.

Thomasina went straight into a kitchen after winning the BBC show and worked as a chef for six months, going on to front the Channel 4 show Wild Gourmets, which involved dining off the land.

MasterChef, fronted by Gregg Wallace and chef John Torode, is returning to the BBC next week and will see 20 amateur chefs battle it out for the coveted title.

Also starting on Five is a new reality show following the lives and loves of a group of young lesbians.

Regulars at The Candy Bar, in London’s Soho, will feature in the show.

The channel’s director of programmes, Jeff Ford, said the show, which has a working title of Candy Bar Girls, was ‘about the lives, loves and hopefully the experiences they go through over a period of time’.

The six-part series revolves around the bar’s relaunch and, according to Channel 5, offers viewers ‘a world filled with raunchy drama and unique characters’.

Other shows on the channel include a six-part travel series presented by comic Paul Merton, This Life star Andrew Lincoln in US zombie show The Walking Dead and another series about trucking firm Eddie Stobart.