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A pair of health professionals will cook vegan food and hail the benefits of a plant-based diet on a major TV show.

Dr. Sunni Patel MBA, clinician-scientist, and Dr. Hayley Tait, a plant-based NHS GP based in Liverpool are both members of Plant Based Health Professionals UK

Ready Steady Cook

The duo will make a guest appearance on Ready Steady Cook – hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal.

Dr. Patel and Dr. Tait will each be paired with a chef and will go head to head in the Ready Steady Cook kitchen.

The episode, which airs on BBC One today at 3.45 pm, is a ‘celebration of health and healthcare professionals, and the role of nutrition’.

Vegan food on a budget

It will also showcase plant-based recipes, made on a limited budget in 10-20 minutes. 

Moreover, PBN has been informed that ‘there will be plenty of surprises in store for the contestants, with format twists that will put them under pressure’.

And, in true Ready Steady tradition, the show’s winner will be decided by a vote with the iconic red tomato and green pepper voting cards.

Health benefits of a plant-based diet

Dr. Patel will also use the platform to speak about gut health. As well as how he managed his symptoms of Chrohn’s disease with a plant-based diet.

In a statement sent exclusively to PBN, he said: “It was empowering to be able to talk to Rylan and the chefs, who were interested in gut health. Especially as Rylan is an ambassador for Crohn’s and Colitis UK as his Mother has Crohn’s Disease. 

“It was also great to be able to talk about my own experience with Crohn’s and to advocate for gut health and plant-based eating as a person of color with a chronic illness. 

“I got to create some amazing dishes that were cheap, quick, and nourishing, and which also promoted the power of food.

Dr. Patel then concluded: “The rest? Viewers will have to tune in to see the fun and the making of the dishes. As well as to find out who won.”

‘An amazing experience’

Dr. Tait said it was great to meet up with Sunni, as the duo had only been ‘instabuddies’ before the show.

She then added: “It was such a fast paced exciting day, with the opportunity for the fabulous chefs to showcase our plant-based ingredients. 

“Without giving anything away they certainly rose to the challenge with flavor-infused finesse. 

“Rylan was a warm, welcoming, and funny host. He happily chatted about my plant-based cookbook Health on the Hob and made sure my daughter got a mention too. 

“It was an amazing experience from start to finish with the whole team really brightening up these COVID-19 times.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.