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The Restaurant : Series 2

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  • Message 151

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Mono Sodium Glutamate, a flavour enhancer. Oft thrown into Chinese takeaways, a colourless powder like salt, naturally found in high levels in Parmesan cheese for example.

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  • Message 152

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    Posted by RTFishall (U835717) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I can't believe the poor standard of the people in this series. Most of them seem hardly fit to run a mobile burger bar!

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  • Message 153

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    Posted by EalingDave (U11047278) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Hi All
    Has anyone on here been to San Marcos in Brentford (True Provenance in this series)
    as would like to try it a sonly half mile down the road from me
    ATB
    Dave

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  • Message 154

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Has it ever been recommended to you? If not, why? Seems strange as it's only just down the road.

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  • Message 155

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    Posted by EalingDave (U11047278) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Hi Egg
    It has not been reccomended to me by any of my friends but they do not eat out very often except for Indian or Chinese
    ATB
    Dave

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  • Message 156

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    Posted by FrillyPetticoats (U3525552) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    <QUOTEUSERID='U10888009'>...By the way, why is she called Verruca on the message boards?...</QUOTE><BR /><BR />I think they've been nicknamed after Rupert and Verruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.<BR /><BR />Personally I haven't seen enough of Harriet to say that she's a spoilt brat, she seemed to be working quite well, but it wasn't being featured; well presumably, as most of the screen time for their partnership was her father spectacularly failing to show any idea whatsoever - that said, I've yet to catch up on last night's programme because we were out.<BR /><BR />HTH.

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  • Message 157

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    Posted by porridgebear (U3286492) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I have been to San Marco - it is very nice - a nice part of Brentford (unusually!!) it is on Ferry Quays just off the High Street, also if you turn right there is a fabulous Indian restaurant called Pappadums.

    Going back to Papa and Verucca - did anybody else hear him ask the customer in the restaurant if they were going to leave a tip for the girls - how impudent - I could not believe my ears!!

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  • Message 158

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    Posted by Lindsay (U183307) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Yes I heard, he would have got an earful from me for that comment. Tipping is a matter of thanking someone for a job well-done. Poor waitresses, their tips must have been nonexistent-not their fault either!

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  • Message 159

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    Posted by Marigold (U2227056) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Do you remember also, porridgebear, he tried to get customers to pay for their wine the first night when he should have been grovelling and pulling out the best champegne or whatever they wanted because of the way they had been treated!

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  • Message 160

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    Posted by MrsClooney (U5573553) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I almost fell over backwards when 'Daddy dearest' stated quite rudely, "I do not see what tradition had to do with any of this. Can we stick to the agenda please"?

    Did you see the incredulous look the lady gave the other guy when he said that?

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  • Message 161

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    Posted by BackDownToEarth (U13397614) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Is there a rule in this programme that says the contestants are not to be shown doing anything well? I must admit to getting fed up watching cock up after cock up - I would quite like to see why some restaurants are getting it right and others aren't. Perhaps that's why the viewing figures are so low?

    And I presume that James & Ali will go far in the competition because RB can now take them on a journey! A bit like the beasting Russell & Michele received being turned around after RB's sage advice! You can bet that the restaurants doing well in the initial programmes will never win the whole thing - there's too much time focussed on the struggling ones.

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  • Message 162

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    Posted by Cheesecake Dave (U11385359) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I felt sorry for Verruca last night, I didn't think she deserved to go but her dad was always going to bring her down. He was hopeless. The final nail in her coffin was when he openly admitted to RB that it wasn't his dream. They would not have lasted much longer anyway, and on last night's performance I thought the two guys should have gone (I forget their names - the useless front-of-house chap with the glasses and his chef mate who don't talk to each other.)

    The field is not strong this year though, I can already see one couple head and shoulders above the rest!

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  • Message 163

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    Posted by Friar Tuck (U4102818) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Verucca and dad were on BBC Breakfast this morning smiley - smiley
    and dad said that out of the whole lot of entrants *she was the only one who is now running her own cooking business* smiley - laugh

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  • Message 164

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    Posted by thescarcrow (U13427471) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Yes I to feel sorrow for poor Hariot,but not for her blame shifting old man. Sorry Mikey old thing but RB read you like a book. You were lazy, You were only there for the glory of a win.I would rather work for young Ramsey than you, at least Gordon is honest. I do hope Hariot follows her dream. So do the right thing Mikey, stump up the cash get her a little place of her own and let her run things. We all know you want the best for her.

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  • Message 165

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    Posted by Friar Tuck (U4102818) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Sorry, scarecrow smiley - sadface
    But you (obviously) missed the chat on BBC Breakfast this morning smiley - sadface
    (See my post just before you made that comment !)

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  • Message 166

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    Posted by sashy69 (U13427867) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I also thought that the two guys should have gone last night, the chef is arrogant, the front of house guy is a buffoon BUT they should have gone purely for DISHING OUT a MEAL of LEFTOVERS from the top table to some poor unsuspecting student because they were one meal short. This is absolutely DISGUSTING! It was filmed so RB should have been made aware of it. Goodness know what else goes on in the kitchens or is this perfectly acceptable to RB and his clan!

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  • Message 167

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I feel eternally sorry for Alistair...I know he is truly awful at front of house, and seemingly very nervous and unsure - but the condescending way James speaks to him is cringworthy to watch!!

    I am glad that the other contestants have picked up on how rude and dismissive James is of him...

    and its a shame as the food seems to be amazing (in every show it has yet to be critised) - so with a little support Ali may well be able to pick up the front of house.

    Was glad to see the back of Mike!!! His attitude was awful - when he was rude to the University representitve before starting dinner, I could not believe it!!! How embarrasing to be associated with him - with such a bad bad attitude!!

    I wish I had seen them on tv this am...but I'm glad they have gone!! Feel sorry for young Verruca - but if she has now set up on her own I wish her well - but she should keep her father at a safe distance - as he would only manage to send customers away!!

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  • Message 168

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    Posted by archiduc (U10667681) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Hi Sashy,

    BUT they should have gone purely for DISHING OUT a MEAL of LEFTOVERS from the top table to some poor unsuspecting student because they were one meal short. 

    Good grief!smiley - yikes I missed that little twist and can`t recall it being mentioned. Can anyone recall this being mentioned to RB?

    Does this put a slightly different slant on things? Well, yes perhaps it does, because if that is what the chef/kitchen is prepared to do when the cameras are rolling, what on earth would they do if the cameras were off!

    I think that Mike and Alistair are equally ineffectual (to the point of being damaging) as Front of House (FOH) people - Mike with his "Welcome to the madness" and Alistair with his flapping about.

    Regarding the teamwork between Mike and Harriet and Alistair and James - well, neither pair works or worked as a team, they just don`t communicate. IMHO a good chef will ensure that FOH staff are briefed about the food prior to service and if that means giving staff a portion of each dish to taste, then you jolly well do it, because every FOH staff is your salesman/woman. I think that Mike and Harriet don`t communicate because the father/daughter relationship and balance of power inherent in that gets in the way. Re. James and Alistair, I think it comes down to a lack of respect and a failure on James` part to appreciate the importance of FOH to market the food, although the same criticism could be levelled at Mike and Harriet

    Re. the cooking - James can cook but so can Harriet. I know we have not seen much of her cooking but clearly RB seems to rate it and she did seem to be able to come up with 5 different dishes using pork.

    However, if James and Alistair served a plate of leftovers to one customer then they should have gone because that is indefensible. IMHO, it would have meant keeping Mike and Harriet in for another week!

    All the best,
    Archiduc

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  • Message 169

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    when you say leftovers was it actually scraps off someone else's plate when it had been returned to the kitchen??? Because that is discusting.

    But if it was excess food which never left the kitchen - is that not OK. I agree its not ideal - and far far far from restaurant standard, but as long as it wasn't returned food?

    I completely missed this little gem of info...hummm certainly throws James' standards into a questionable light.

    but I had just thought it was using the food that was left in the kitchen having not gone out? (could well be wrong...as I was multitasking during the show and was typing away - so missed some details)

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  • Message 170

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    Posted by Tara674 (U9327633) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I thought the college staff daddy had to work with were a bit pompous, actually the guy in particular, was just waiting for it all to go horribly wrong and enjoyed it when it did! If I had been Daddy I would have emptied a tray of Verruca's over cooked nosh all over him! I did feel sorry for poor old Verruca bless her,I was sorry to hear she and Daddy were on Breakfast this AM I was was hoping she and Daddy had a big blue and she had made her own way in the world sans Daddy! I hope to make amends Daddy has coughed up for some decent cooking lessons for her and she does well. Good luck Verruca!
    I also felt sorry for Ali, James is rotten to him, some pal! I agree with Mr Nel why does Ali bother talking to James he doesn't listen? I actually they made more of mess up than Daddy and Verruca if you take it on not listening to what Raymondo had told them, i.e to communicate with each other. Mrs Nel was very full of herself at the PM (Post Mess up) wasn't she? Did I miss something or was she responsible for the unset puds? Our Raymondo, Voldemort and Starchy missed that one!

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  • Message 171

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    Posted by archiduc (U10667681) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    Hi Jovialbutterfly,

    when you say leftovers was it actually scraps off someone else's plate when it had been returned to the kitchen??? 

    This is what I`m not sure about because like you

    as I was multitasking during the show and was typing away -  on the messageboard at the time.

    I could try watching the programme on iPlayer but mine does not seem to work too well!

    Anyway, if it was using ingredients which had not been used previously and sent out or ingredients which had been prepared previously as in a "mis-en-place" i.e., prepared for use in that service then I see nothing wrong in using them to create a dish for the customer. However, the PP implies that the dish that was sent out to the final customer was made of ingredients sent to High Table and returned uneaten. If it was a case of the latter then the food was unacceptable and James and Alistair should have been ejected from the show or competition. If it was the former then that would be perfectly acceptable.

    Now, who is going to volunteer to watch it all again and clarify the matter for us?smiley - biggrin

    All the best,
    Archiduc

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  • Message 172

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    Posted by asdaancienne (U13429204) on Friday, 26th September 2008

    I love the programme because it can be nail-bitingly tense at times and as I am a terrible cook I really feel for the contestants when they burn things or present them badly.

    I was rather surprised this week when two of the contestants didn't know how to pronounce Sir Walter Raleigh's name.

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  • Message 173

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    Now, who is going to volunteer to watch it all again and clarify the matter for us?smiley - biggrin 

    If you use iPlayer and start at about 34:10 minutes in, the problem of short meals starts.
    At 36:11 they say a single student has not had a main, and they make it up from leftovers from the high table starter. At that point it does not seem to make clear exactly what these were or how the had been previously used.

    I will just go a little further and see if more is said.

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  • Message 174

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    No it does not seem to get mentioned again.

    I love one moment, when Ali and James are being asked about the wine budget, or lack of it, and Ali tries to deflect by saying he knows nothing about wine and left it to James, the look on Helen's face is priceless. 43:56 minutes in.

    As for a head of house admitting he knows nothing of wine is not good too.
    I thought Starchy Knicks would have have pounced on that comment, but the deflection worked, and all three let it go.

    The more I see of Ali, the more he's like a rabbit in the headlights.

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  • Message 175

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    Posted by fififolle (U3499224) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I don't rate James that highly as a chef from the evidence I've seen so far. He couldn't be bothered with the student meal, he didn't do much with the pig - all he seems to be able to cook well is expensive cuts of meat with expensive ingredients. It's easy to make a rack of saltmarsh lamb look and taste good and very easy to make great food when you are spending 92% of your food/wine split on the food.

    I would like to see him doing something other than using expensive ingredients - because that, for me, is a test of a good chef.

    I did not realise that they only open their restaurants 1 night a week - hardly a realistic introduction to the restaurant world of get in at 9am, go off on a split shift for 2 hours, come back in at 5 till midnight then come back in at 9am to do it all again is it ? If they can't cope with the pressure of doing it 1 night a week how on earth could they cope with a 5 night operation ? Or maybe this is part of the problem - they simply aren't getting enough hours in to actually learn from their mistakes and get into the rhythm of running a restaurant

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  • Message 176

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    Ali tries to deflect by saying he knows nothing about wine and left it to James,  

    Sorry should have read, "left it to Steve", hence Helen's expression smiley - doh

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  • Message 177

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    Posted by Tara674 (U9327633) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    "was rather surprised this week when two of the contestants didn't know how to pronounce Sir Walter Raleigh's name "

    I was surprised at that too, they seemed to say 'Riley' which as they came from the North was odd as up 'ere we tend to say Ral-lea as opposed to the Southern Rar-lea.
    I didn't see anything of the very brusque juggler did he do anything in the end?
    I thought Raymondo was a bit OTT with his telling off for the snuff on the tables given that they were Uni students and not trainee nuns or something!

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  • Message 178

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    Posted by FrillyPetticoats (U3525552) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I watched it this morning, and also paid attention to the meal-less student debacle. Egg on a Stilt is very precise - for what it's worth, I kind of got the impression that the make shift main was cobbled together from unused high table starter ingredients, rather than returned food.

    The two remaining teams really need to pull their socks up though, where on earth would James have been without Helen ... which is absolutely incredible given their brief bio on The Restaurant home site
    www.bbc.co.uk/restau...

    You could knock me down with a feather when I read it!

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  • Message 179

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    Posted by Lavoisier2 (U10611597) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I feel eternally sorry for Alistair...I know he is truly awful at front of house, and seemingly very nervous and unsure - but the condescending way James speaks to him is cringworthy to watch!!

    I am glad that the other contestants have picked up on how rude and dismissive James is of him...
     


    Indeed.
    I like the fact that when they present the 'couples' at the beginning they always say 'old friends James and Alasdair'... Sorry?
    Personally, I would *punch* someone who kept treating me like that, let alone be friends!

    Even when, after repeated reprimands, J. eventually spoke to A., to me it was evident that he was 'faking' it, just for the benefit of the show, but he could have been playing Shakespeare for that matter.
    And he spoke as a bad parent would do with a stubborn and slightly retarded child who doesn't understand something elementary. As if he's automatically right, whatever he does, and A. is always in the wrong.
    Well, actually I'm not really convinced that he (J.) has got much more common sense than his 'friend', to be honest.

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  • Message 180

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    Posted by fififolle (U3499224) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I was surprised they moaned about the snuff - after all, I assume Oxford students can be trusted to make an informed decision as to whether they want to try something potentially dangerous. I find Sarah very patronising and rather Nanny State - you mustn't do this, you mustn't do that.

    I thought it was a great idea, novel and it certainly interested the students. Much more than the invisible prime numbers and the traditions that didn't actually work.

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  • Message 181

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    Posted by virtualFoxylady (U13348353) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I quite agree with the guy who said, this is not as good as the first series. In fact,the couples' personalities are not as lively as those in the first series. Thank goodness Mike and the brat have gone. She is very spoilt and when the chips were down I don't think she had what it takes!I also think he was incredibly rude when they were cooking for the graduates and Dons.
    The two guys will probably be eliminated next. The front of house one is such a prat and they surely can't imagine they can run a business with such lack of communication!
    I would still like to see more of the couples who can actually cook and deliver up the service efficiently, rather than all the negative stuff, but I guess its all about making good TV.
    Having said all that, it is totally addictive and I adore RB and his French accent. He can cook for me any time he likes!!

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  • Message 182

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    I have to say I quite liked the idea of the snuff too - I appreciate that it is addictive, contains tobacco etc - but I agree that each student can make their own mind up.

    It is a nice souvenir from the meal, with a little bit of history (that I didn't know) - if you didn't want to try it you could give it to someone as a gift.

    I did think they could have incorporated more of their theme into the menu...however - I did think out of all the teams that their theme was the most clear.

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  • Message 183

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    Posted by FrillyPetticoats (U3525552) on Saturday, 27th September 2008

    Yes, although their 'theme' was rubbished, it was actually the most clear. I was hoping they'd have done something like Tea 'smoked' duck as a starter for top table...and they could've carried on a smoked theme through the menu somehow.

    Who on earth knew anything about the binary theme (except the team?)

    I can't even recall what Harriet and Mike's theme was! and I only watched it this morning smiley - blush

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  • Message 184

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Sunday, 28th September 2008

    yes - I too had thought about smoked duck/chicken for starter (and I actually googled whether they could have used the tobacco in any way to smoke the dish - although I'm not sure how nice this would taste...but it just got my little food brain ticking)

    But the smoking theme could have really been utilised throughout or even taking from SWR's life and times - I actually thought the tobacco snuff theme was a nice touch and if they had carried through the "smoked" theme in the menu it would have been excellent IMO.

    All in all -I suppose you wouldn't be best advised to start experimenting with tobacco smoked dishes on an Oxford College mass catering do...smiley - winkeye (but it was just a little whimsical thought in the mind of the JB; sometimes on Sundays I go off on little hungover tangents smiley - winkeye)

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  • Message 185

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    Posted by Lydiacooks (U13348921) on Monday, 29th September 2008

    I caught up with this over the weekend as I am away during the week and I have to say it made me cringe. Mike - I have never done this before - well get a grip that is what this is all about you were a Director of a company for gods sake. And why when given the pig did nearly all the front of house individuals actually describe in more detail than was really required what each bit was. Brawn is brawn is brawn and is made from the meat of pig, namely the head I accept so why not just say made from the head from succulent parts such as the cheek meat that way people would not be put off by eating something which was had been graphically described

    I have to conclude series 2 is not as good, will it make a series 3 or will the format have to be reviewed at present it is not a winning formula

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  • Message 186

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    Posted by BackDownToEarth (U13397614) on Monday, 29th September 2008

    vFl - you are absolutely right, the producers only seem to think that good television is people making mistakes and/or arguing. The couples who appear to be doing well are largely in the background when it comes to actual service in their restaurants but, like you, I woild like to see more of this. Most will eventually be eliminated, therefore we will see more of them when/if mistakes happen.

    To reply to an earlier question - the contestants restaurants are open Friday & Saturday nights. I presume that time constraints mean that it seems like only one service.

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  • Message 187

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    Posted by Lindsay (U183307) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    Looks interesting tonight and tomorrow!! I wonder how they'll manage with the International food and the 1st class Airline meal tomorrow! I spent a day at an Airline catering Company at Gatwick, fascinating.

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

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  • Message 188

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    Posted by Captain Mannering & Co (U10982993) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    Another *alls up in the making no doubt.

    For heavens sake, either find some people who can cook and have half a chance of running a restaurant, or provide these no-hopers with some training during the program.

    This series is like watching paint run.

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  • Message 189

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    Posted by spotteddick2 (U9497245) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    If it is that annoying, then use the abort button!
    smiley - laugh but may be we all have a bit of a pessimist in us, "it may get better" or is it banging ones head against the wall, it will feel great when it stops!

    ATB

    SD2

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  • Message 190

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    Posted by BackDownToEarth (U13397614) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    CTB - aren't you missing the point about the programme? These people are picked by the BBC for a reason and what is shown is edited purely for the entertainment value. The *alls ups are what the production team thinks we want to see. I think its a bit harsh to be too critical of the contestants - its the programme makers who are at fault in my opinion.

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  • Message 191

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    Posted by Captain Mannering & Co (U10982993) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    No, not missing the point - just don't see the point in watching people fail, thus making themselves look a bit inadequate.

    I'm not blaming the contestants, they have a dream, which is fair enough, but I do question whether watching people get it wrong is entertaining. I accept that such a theme is quite popular - such as X-factor showing people who can't sing make a fool of themselves in public. But entertainment??

    The program's format is asking people to "run", when they haven't yet leaned to "walk".

    If they were given training and the right support, I think it would be far more interesting and entertaining.

    Much better to support and train people in achieving success, than to gloat over people failing, imo.

    Leave the chavy TV programs to Channel4 - the BBC are capable of much better, and I'm surprised RB is involving himself in such a circus like production.


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  • Message 192

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    Posted by spotteddick2 (U9497245) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    No, not missing the point - just don't see the point in watching people fail, thus making themselves look a bit inadequate 

    If you don't see the point,then why are you watching it???

    ATB

    SD2

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  • Message 193

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    Posted by BackDownToEarth (U13397614) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    I agree with what you say, CTB, except for the last part. I don't believe that RB is as noble as people seem to think. He is a businessman after all and making 'munnay' is the name of the game. He does have a book coming out shortly as well I'm told. So all good publicity for him. Especially if he can take some apparently abject failures and make them star restaurateurs. Given the focus in the first few episodes, what's the betting that James & Ali are the likely winners, having been taken on the obligatory reality tv 'journey' by RB?

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  • Message 194

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    Posted by Lindsay (U183307) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    What a total mess for most. Coq au vin with a tomato sauce? I despair.

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  • Message 195

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    Posted by Tara674 (U9327633) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    I thought they all should have been in the 'challarnge' tonight. Dunno how Mrs Nel or James and Ali got away with it, I could not believe that were saved. Lad from the North should have just said I can not cook I have no cooker, and left it at that,some of his customers were very rude, I would have told the bloke who 'didn't want to be funny' just were to go!
    Can anyone actually make airline food worse than it is? Even in first class? Remains to be seen tomorrow!

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  • Message 196

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    Posted by blondebintal (U13469034) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    I think the Japanese night went really well and the couple don't deserve to be in the challenge. Can anyone explain why?

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  • Message 197

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    Posted by BackDownToEarth (U13397614) on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

    I'm not quite sure what it was that 'Mrs Nel' did wrong? It appeared that she was faced with an unfamiliar cuisine - much like Pete at the Welsh Wok - and her lack of confidence in her abilities (being the only non-chef in the competition) made her appear negative. Can't quite understand how they didn't try compared to the rest of the couples. And don't they have six kids? Haven't heard them complaining about not seeing their children so far (make no apologies here and now of fancying Mrs Nel!).

    I was impressed with Michele and Russell - wouldn't be surprised to find some Swedish heritage there!

    Overall I thought it was the right three couples in the challenge.

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  • Message 198

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    Posted by MrsClooney (U5573553) on Thursday, 2nd October 2008

    [Can anyone actually make airline food worse than it is? Even in first class? Remains to be seen tomorrow!]

    How about a challenge to cook hospital food? Definitely can't get worse than it is!

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    Posted by kitchenarsonist (U10451875) on Thursday, 2nd October 2008

    Does anyone else see a major bias towards the two lads - James and Alistair?
    To serve coq au vin made with white wine, and totally mis-spell the French menu, on top of all the previous fiascos seem to me to far outweigh the five minutes of panic that they had at nels.
    I have a feeling that RB is more concerned with the longevity of the winning couple after the mess the previous winners left him in, and is looking at the younger couples rather those with possible child care issues etc...
    My money is on the two lads and Paul and Michelle being the final two couples, and while P and M I think have improved dramatically, I still think that the chucklebrothers will still win.

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