TV chef Ainsley Harriott will visit Wimpole Estate in Arrington for new ITV show Ainsley's National Trust Cook Off.

The series, which will run for 10 episodes, airs on ITV1 and ITVX from Saturday May 18.

Filming takes place at three National Trust properties - Wimpole Estate, Blickling Estate in Norfolk and Tyntesfield in Somerset - all of which are famed for their abundant kitchen and walled gardens.

Ainsley and other internationally renowned chefs will use freshly picked seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices in an outdoor kitchen, showcasing the kitchen gardens at each estate.

Among the chefs featured are Sam Grainger, chef patron at Belzan in Liverpool, and chef author, and TV personality Judy Joo. 

In each episode, two chefs will produce a dish which must have an ingredient they found in the kitchen gardens, with produce including rare apples, beetroot, courgettes, tomatoes, cavolo nero and potatoes.

Ainsley will also get a chance to meet, help and cook for some of the volunteers and staff at the National Trust, riding in the Shire Horse carriage at Wimpole alongside farm manager Emma Warner.

He said: "All of us have been blown away by the produce that's grown at the National Trust and the freshness of the ingredients.

Royston Crow: Ainsley Harriott and Tom Fradd at Wimpole EstateAinsley Harriott and Tom Fradd at Wimpole Estate (Image: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra)

"For example, at Wimpole Estate there’s a farm where this wonderful wheat is grown and then turned into flour, so that it can be distributed to all the other National Trust properties and used to make their ever-popular scones."

Tom Fradd, head gardener at Wimpole Estate, added: "Hosting Ainsley at the Wimpole Estate’s Walled Garden was a moment of immense joy and pride for us.

"Our space, cultivated with a unique style of growing, is not just a garden; it's a sanctuary where nature meets community.


"The dedicated volunteers who connect to our cause and property make this space truly special.

"Our produce is not just sold to our visitors; it's a contribution to the garden's sustenance, a cycle of growth and giving that defines the heart of Wimpole."

Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off starts at 11.40am on May 18, with Wimpole Estate in the first, fourth and seventh episodes.