Huge difference between food and wildlife. Few people have the resources to independently make and fund wildlife content, and it’s hard to make it pay. Public service/education role is obvious.
But food? to make recipes, you have to buy stuff. Food is a huge commercial industry. The reasoning that poor people need to find out how to cook is a poor one : there are millions of recipe websites, and Food does not seem to be particularly oriented towards cooking on a budget.
Why do other sites which operate independently need competition from a huge publicly funded broadcaster? Why does such a nakedly commercial resource need licence payer’s money? Does the internet really need yet another place to find recipes for vanilla cupcakes? Will the British poor suffer from not having access to 13 recipes for lobster…?