Ayala from Welwyn Garden City stars in new BBC cooking show

Published:
13:34 8 June 2022



Updated:
13:52 8 June 2022

Ten rookie chefs have started an epic BBC Three battle to win a trip around the world learning in some of the best kitchens on the planet.

Among them is Ayala Daly, 20, from Welwyn Garden City, an Instagrammer and vlogger whose fascination with food began after traveling in South Asia.

Ayala starred in the first episode of the series, titled hungry for heraired yesterday (Tuesday, June 7).


Naomi and Ayala on a mission in the first episode of BBC Three’s Hungry for It
– Credit: Jack Barnes/BBC

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, the show puts the 10 contestants through a series of Masterchef-style challenges. In each episode, a cook is knocked out.

Along the way, the cooks are mentored by chef Kayla Greer – an LA-based chef who has cooked for P Diddy, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and Drake – and two-time BAFTA winner Big Zuu.


Hungry for It mentors Chef Kay Kay and Big Zuu with presenter Stacey Dooley

Hungry for It mentors Chef Kay Kay and Big Zuu with presenter Stacey Dooley
– Credit: Jack Barnes/BBC


Big Zuu, double BAFTA winner, mentor of Hungry for It

Big Zuu, double BAFTA winner, mentor of Hungry for It
– Credit: Jack Barnes/BBC

Ayala’s attempt to win the trip around the world began in the series’ very first “level up” challenge.

Tasked with creating next-level party dishes, Ayala put a spin on doner kebab served with apple salad.

“I ate a lot more than I made, but we’ll see,” she joked.

Mentors warned her dish was “a bit sloppy”.

Big Zuu said, “There are elements I like, there are elements I don’t like.”

But Ayala impressed the judges enough to avoid the ‘Knives Out’ cooking challenge, when fellow contestants Ola from Aberdeen and Naomi from Mold in North Wales had to create vegan matcha pancakes from a recipe.

Naomi was the first candidate to leave the hungry for her center.


Hungry for It contestants Danny, Ola, Naomi, Ayala and Beth hard at work in the first episode

Hungry for It contestants Danny, Ola, Naomi, Ayala and Beth hard at work in the first episode
– Credit: Jack Barnes/BBC

The first episode is available on demand on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0c722vb/

The next episode will air on Tuesday June 14 on BBC Three from 8 p.m.

The remaining nine contestants, including Ayala, will be challenged to create chicken-themed dishes and one other contestant will be eliminated.