The series has been billed as 'the X Factor of cooking', after Cowell admitted that his love of home cooking was the reason for wanting to be involved in the project.
However, presenter of the series Carol Vorderman stated the programme was more Antiques Roadshow than X Factor.
In an interview with Digital Spy, she said: "It's [Cowell's] company Syco, who are a co-production on the show, but he's not been hands-on in it.
"He obviously knows about it because it's one of his company's programmes. He loves the edit that he's seen so far, but I really don't want you to think that he's actively involved in this.
"This is not X Factor. It's not like that at all. It's got a very British feel and it's very eccentric."
Vorderman also said that the show won't feature the same brutality as X Factor.
"Even the people who don't get through are very happy and have had a lovely day," she explained.
"It is a competition, but we don't promote that and it doesn't have that edge to it."
Vorderman will be joined by four judges - food writer Tom Parker Bowles, former MasterChef contestant Stacie Stewart, ex-MasterChef host and food connoisseur Loyd Grossman and vice-chairwoman of the WI Anne Harrison - to find Britain's best home cooked dish.
One entry came from a gardener wearing nothing but an apron.
Vorderman added: "He was filmed from the back quite a bit. I would occasionally come around to where he was cooking, have a look for five seconds and then quickly come back to the front. He just turned up naked. I have no idea why."
Food Glorious Food starts on Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm on ITV.