Countryfile host teases Im A Celeb appearance

Fastest Finger First: Anita Rani opens new show

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Anita Rani, who has been a long-running Countryfile presenter has recently teamed up with Chris Bavin to help local businesses get their food into the nationwide supermarket Aldi. Aldi’s Next Best Thing which airs on Channel 4 sees businesses pitch their ideas to Aldi buyer Julie Ashfield and the best get their products sold in stores across the country. Anita recently opened up about having to try some odd food which included bugs and teased at a potential future of taking part in the Australian competition.

Aldi’s Next Big Thing features 36 suppliers as they take a trip to the supermarket’s headquarters to show their products.

The products will include things like dinner, baked goods, store cupboard essentials as well as tasty treats.

When asked what her biggest challenge was during the series, she told “There are quite a few products that will take people by surprise.

“Some really interesting things, like in episode one we have some really cool dudes who are pitching bugs as protein.

“These are all legit companies selling their products which they are passionate about, so just tasting some of the products, we got to eat some really good food.

“People’s passion is what this is all about, people who love food and small producers who want to do something and make a difference. That is the magic stuff.”

She continued: “All the stuff was quite delicious because all the stuff had been through a vetting process so we got the best of the best.

“You know, eating bugs on national TV, was a bit of a challenge,” she expressed.

When pressed on the possibility of starring in the iconic ITV series, Anita laughed and replied with a coy expression: “I don’t know! I mean I am scared of a lot of things.

“You’d think as a Countryfile presenter I would be alright but…”

As the celebrity stars have begun to arrive in Australia, could Countryfile fans see Anita take her knowledge of wildlife to the jungle?

The celebrities who have so far been confirmed to be entering the jungle are Radio DJ Chris Moyles and Love Island star, Olivia Attwood.

Unlike other years, the celebrities have been told to arrive in Australia one week before the series begins so they can isolate.

They are expected to be kept apart and will be tested regularly for the coronavirus before they meet for the first time.

In the first episode of Aldi’s Next Best Thing, founders Leo and Aaron pitched their Yum Bug brand which sees them use crickets and insects to make ready-to-eat meals.

However, the reception of the idea didn’t sit well with viewers, as they took to their social media pages to express their disgust.

@TriggerGnometry wrote: “If things get any worse, we’ll be catching our own bugs to eat #aldisnextbigthing.”

@Debvs2500 commented: “There’s no way I’m eating bugs!!! An insect burger is a no for me, yuk!”

However, not all viewers were opposed to the idea as Rebecca Craven exclaimed: “Yes to the bugs, go for it, Aldi.”

Mark Oliver supported: “They are mad for not taking your products guys. It’s amazing, don’t give up go to #Marksandspencer or #Waitrose.” (sic)

Aldi’s Next Best Thing airs Thursday from 8pm on Channel 4.

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