The BBC have confirmed that The Stig aka Ben Collins is to have his own half hour cookery show. The former soldier, Hollywood stunt man, journalist, presenter, chess champion, sculptor, triathlete, cricketer, juggler, surgeon, angler, pilot, gas-fitter, newspaper editor, teacher, pest controller, call centre telephonist, carpet-fitter and marathon runner says he's looking forward to his new challenge.
Head of Programming, Beth Thornton, said that The Stig was a great loss to Top Gear but this did not mean the end to his television career. "It's important to cash-in on the second most important person 'outed' this week. We would have liked to have had a series which could utilise his driving skills but we are only making cookery programmes for the foreseeable future. The ladies are going to love The Stig because he's all man and well buff," she said breathlessly.
A BBC statement said: The Stig will be the driving force behind the new show and move cooking up a gear. We hope people can sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Stig, who has the most famous helmet since Dirk Diggler, admits he's more Sophie Dahl than Delia Smith in the kitchen. "The kitchen is the room I usually walk through to get to the back door," he said in a recent interview in Butch Men in Fast Cars magazine.
The show will have The Stig putting food on a low light and occasionally bringing things like vegetables to the boil then allowing them to simmer. There will be close ups of him sucking cherries off the top of cakes and shoving his finger inside some game birds. The Stig added: "People are going to be surprised by the choice of yoghurts I've bought for dessert."
The Stig was originally going to a wear a toque pulled right over his face but guest chef, Antony Worrall Thompson's need was much greater.