MATT Tebbutt replaced James Martin five years ago as the host of Saturday Kitchen and has been a hit ever since.
However, he isnt with the fans on the cooking show this morning – and here is why.
Why isn’t Matt Tebbutt hosting Saturday Kitchen?
Matt Tebbutt isn’t hosting the show this week as he has been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
The 48-year-old chef revealed he’s on a morphine drip ahead of having his infected appendix removed.
He told fans: “Me, a morphine drip and an emergency appendectomy are keeping me from a much anticipated lunch at @manteca_london with @ollysmith @sarah10016 @hardiegrantuk
“But everything and everyone here at The Grange hospital in Gwent have been fantastic.”
Matt’s predecessor, James, 49, was a firm favourite with views during his 10 years on the show and some questioned whether the BBC programme would survive without him.
But Matt has proven more than up to the challenge, developing his own devoted fan base.
He’s been praised for his natural ease in front of the camera while cooking, chatting to celebrity guests and serving up their idea of food heaven and food hell.
Who is replacing Matt Tebbutt on Saturday Kitchen?
Chef Angela Hartnett is taking over presenting duties on the Saturday morning show.
Amanda Ross, executive producer of Saturday Kitchen, told RadioTimes.com: “Angela is a very popular chef who has hosted the show many times before, and always does an amazing job, so we know we are in safe hands.
She will take everything in her stride despite this short notice.
“Matt is obviously very disappointed as we have such a great guest, Rob Brydon, who we have all been really looking forward to having on the show.
“The rest of the team, chefs Anna Haugh and Ravneet Gill and our wonderful Wine Expert Olly Smith will help Angela fill Matts shoes brilliantly, but its obviously never the same without Matt.”
When will Matt Tebbutt be back hosting Saturday Kitchen?
At the moment, it is not yet clear whether Matt will return for the next weekend’s show.
Amanda, executive producer of the show said: “Obviously Matts emergency surgery took everyone by surprise including him.
He is still in hospital, and its not clear when he will be well enough to leave.”
She added that the team will try and check in with Matt on Zoom if he is well enough.
The TV presenter was first seen on screens in October 2009 presenting Saturday Kitchen on BBC One – and until his permanent placement announcement, he was a regular guest host.
He has also presented Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 alongside Kate Quilton and Jamie Doherty, Save Money: Good Food on ITV and he has also appeared on Market Kitchen, The Great British Menu, and Drop Down Menu.
Matt is likely to keep viewers updated on his recovery via social media.