James May: Oh Cook – When is it released on Amazon Prime Video? What is he cooking? All you need to know

It’s not an April Fool, the motoring presenter will be revealing his own easy-to-cook recipes in this new Amazon Prime Video food series.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 31 July 2020 - 12.07pm
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The Covid-19 global pandemic has given lots of us inspiration to take up a new hobby in 2020. And The Grand Tour presenter James May has taken it one step further with a surprising new TV series for Amazon Prime Video.

Taking a break from cars, boozing and bantering with Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson, May will showcase his talent in the kitchen.

James May: Oh Cook, a title inspired by The Grand Tour presenter’s infamous catchphrase, is a cooking series but from the perspective of someone who can’t really cook.

Here's everything we know about the new series.

When is James May: Oh Cook released on Amazon Prime Video?

James May presenting his cookery series Oh Cook on Amazon Prime Video Prime Video

The series will be released later in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.

May’s first ever cookbook, titled Oh Cook! 60 Easy Recipes That Any Idiot Can Make is released on October 1st, so we expect the series will arrive to coincide with the book.

There will be seven, 30-minute episodes in the series.

What is James May: Oh Cook?

No, it’s not an April Fool. And no, it’s not a prank from Clarkson and Hammond on The Grand Tour.

Following on from his Our Man In Japan travel series, James May has now been given a cookery show by Amazon Prime Video.

This isn’t going to be Michelin star cooking or MasterChef standard fine dining, but it will offer ideas and inspiration for viewers who can’t, won’t or have never cooked before.

“I’m delighted to be back working with Amazon Prime Video but in a way you may not have seen me before,” said May.

“I’ve arrived at the age where I spend most of my day thinking about my next meal, so I made a TV series about it.

“Cooking your own curry is so much more satisfying than ordering a take-away, even though it won’t taste as nice.”

Across the series, James will show viewers that if you can cook a few things passably well, you can actually cook anything.

The series will see James attempt some of the sixty recipes he has had to learn for his forthcoming cookbook.

Each episode will cover a specific cuisine theme including Pasta, Pub Classics, Indian, Cakes, and Roasts, and will feature three recipes each alongside some quick fix recipes that can be created from the staples in your cupboard.

When is The Grand Tour coming back?

Clarkson, Hammond and May on The Grand Tour Prime Video

Don’t worry, James May’s new solo shows doesn’t mean The Grand Tour is gone for good.

The series is taking a break from doing long runs of episodes, but they are continuing to film specials with the trio taking on some of their craziest and biggest challenges ever.

The next special, which will be released before the end of 2020, will feature Clarkson, Hammond and May on a trip across Madagascar.

May has described their trip to the tropical paradise as “arduous” and “sweaty”, but also their most “beautiful” episode ever.

What other Grand Tour spinoffs are coming?

Jeremy Clarkson on The Grand Tour Prime Video

Richard Hammond is teaming up with Mythbusters star Tory Belleci for an epic six-part series, where the duo are shipwrecked in mysterious circumstances, stranded on a remote yet beautiful desert island.

Rather than sitting around waiting to be rescued, the pair decide to take matters into their own hands as they use all of their engineering and expert scientific prowess not only to survive, but to construct an out-of-this-world, paradise island playground.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson is working on a series following his adventures as a farmer - with the working title, I Bought A Farm.

Filmed over the course of the farming year, the series will show Clarkson like you’ve never seen him before. He began filming in autumn 2019 and the series will observe the highs and lows of what Jeremy hopes will be a rural idyll but could just as easily become a rustic nightmare.

Watch James May: Oh Cook later in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video.