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British Gas and Chef John Whaite Show How Smart Cooking is as Easy as Pie

  • GBBO winner John Whaite bakes the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ – an inspired recipe for British Pie Week 
  •  His unique ‘Steak, Vegetable, Chicken and Apple Pie’ shows how homeowners can be smarter with energy use in the kitchen
  •   Most people (58 per cent) admit to burning their bakes, so ‘Smart Home Economics’ is more important than ever to avoid ruined pies and unexpected energy bills
  •  British Gas and John release top tips for Smart Home Economics, such as the installation of smart meters 
With British Pie Week upon us, baking guru John Whaite has joined forces with British Gas to create the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ – a one-off culinary delight that combines our favourite fillings and is cooked using energy-saving techniques. 
The Steak, Vegetable, Chicken and Apple Pie was identified by British Gas and John as the nation’s Smartest Pie, based on the cost of ingredients and energy used while cooking it, as measured by smart meters. John’s gastronomic skills were pushed to the limit to create this ultimate no-compromise pie recipe that covers every aspect of a hearty meal, while minimizing energy use and keeping costs low.  

Coming top of the pie charts, Steak (34.31%) is the nation’s number one according to Ocado, followed by Vegetable (25.05%), Chicken (23.61%) and finally Apple (3.61%). 

British Gas challenged John Whaite to mix our favourites together, using the most cost-effective ingredients as well as energy-efficient cooking methods that won’t break the bank. The GBBO champion was then put to the test on camera, showcasing the most energy-efficient cooking techniques while the smart meter monitored energy costs.
In today’s increasingly connected world, running a home economically and reducing energy costs all starts with a smart meter – a easy way to keep an eye on energy usage and put an end to unexpected bills.
More than half of us guess ingredients and approximate cooking times when it comes to baking, according to British Gas research, so bringing home economics back into schools and homes is essential. With 94% of people in the UK overestimating cooking time for popular bakes, developing smart home economics skills can have a significant impact on energy bills, by avoiding unnecessary over-baking.
John Whaite, British Gas Smart Chef ambassador said: “It’s so important for people to understand what they’re eating and how to use kitchen appliances efficiently – the way ingredients work together and how to produce nutritious and inexpensive meals at home for themselves. 
“This is also a big part of my motivation behind my hands-on classes at my [John Whaite’s] Kitchen Cookery School. I want to teach the culinary skills needed to create tasty, wholesome meals that are also energy-efficient to cook, so it’s super easy to replicate at home.”
Sarah Scrivener, Smart Energy Expert at British Gas and an avid baker herself, added: “The principles of home economics are so central to our daily lives, but many of us don’t consider the energy used by our ovens, hobs and microwaves while cooking. Getting a free smart meter installation at home will allow you to be more aware of energy used by your kitchen appliances, so budding bakers can be savvy with energy usage and focus on what really matters – the pies!” 

Top Tips for Smart Pies from British Gas:
  • Keep the oven door closed while baking. As tempting as it is to take a peek at your pie, opening the oven door causes the heat to drop and use extra energy to get back up to temperature. 
  •  Turn the oven off 5-10 minutes before the pie is done. It will retain plenty of heat during this time and will continue to cook your pie to perfection.
  •  Keep the oven clean. Grease and little pieces of burnt food in the oven can absorb the heat and make the oven less efficient. Keeping the glass clear also gives you a sneak peek while baking.
  •  Bake in batches. Cooking a number of pies to cater to different family favourites? Try cooking them all in one go – an already heated oven will use less.
To find out more about energy efficiency in the kitchen, take a look at British Gas’ tips here. Read more about British Gas smart meters here

Notes to editors

*national pie sales data provided by online supermarket Ocado, 2016

About Smart Meters 
Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020. They come with a smart energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time. That information is shared with energy suppliers automatically, putting an end to estimated bills and meter readings for customers with credit meters, who pay by Direct Debit or quarterly by cash, cheque or card. British Gas is currently trialling Smart Pay As You Go with customers using prepayment meters. That will mean customers will be able to see their current balance and how much credit is remaining on the smart energy monitor. They will also be able to top up online, by smartphone app, over the phone or by visiting a local shop. British Gas is also trialling apps that enable smart meter customers to get information about their energy use on their smartphone. The information from smart meters gives customers a greater understanding of how they’re using their energy.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Plews
Senior PR Manager
British Gas
01784 84 3000

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy and services company, serving more than 10 million homes and over 400,000 businesses across the country. More than 8,000 highly-trained engineers guarantee the highest quality of service for our residential and business customers. We also provide a range of innovative offers and services including connected home Hive™ products, smart meters, and the online tradesman service, Local Heroes.

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