New ‘Great British Menu’ judge Andi Oliver has praised her BBC bosses for increasing diversity on the cookery series.
Andi has since spoken out to insist her hiring was not an exercise in ‘tokenism’, even though she claims her race, age and gender played a part in her landing the role.
Speaking to Radio Times, she said: “Well, one of the reasons (I was hired) is because I’m a black woman, and not only that, I’m a middle-aged black woman.
She continued: “I know what I’m talking about, I’m passionate about my subject, so I don’t think it is tokenism. I’m there for a real reason and there for the whole picture. And I’m really happy about that.”
Andi will be joining fellow judges Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton on the 12th series of ‘The Great British Menu’, which will air on BBC Two later this summer.
Prue had been with the series since it started in 2006, and her exit was confirmed earlier this month.
Last week, it was confirmed BBC Two spin-off show ‘Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ will be making the move to Channel 4, along with presenter Jo Brand.