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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Friday, 22nd August 2008

    It's starting in a couple of weeks (w/c 8th Sep) day and time tbc shortly. Sarah returns but there is a new male sidekick for Raymond.

    Previous articles have suggested that we will see a lot more of RB this time around, not just at judging.

    The Restaurant is back for a second season and, once again, legendary chef Raymond Blanc is on the hunt for a couple with the culinary and business skills to join him as business partners. Among the hundreds who applied from across Britain, nine couples have been selected to compete for this once-in-a-lifetime prize. The couples include newlyweds, old school chums, partners, mums and dads, a father and daughter and a mother and daughter.

    They arrive thrilled but nervous with their dream to run their own restaurant now closer than ever. In this opening show, they meet Raymond for the first time, along with his experienced inspectors: businesswoman Sarah Willingham, who scrutinises and questions their business acumen; and David Moore – a fastidious restaurateur and front-of-house obsessive who watches their standards of service. Raymond makes clear from the outset that this will be no easy journey and that it requires passion, enthusiasm, skill, hard work and a love of food.

    But he has a surprise – a challenging test the couples must go through before they get their own restaurant to open and run during the series. It is a chance for each couple to showcase their restaurant concept and their cookery skills: a face-to-face opportunity to prove to Raymond they really deserve this chance. It's a first taste of the high pressure they will be under in the coming weeks. And for Raymond it is something he loves – finding out what his aspiring restaurateurs really know about food, cookery and service. 


    There are 15 episodes this time and they don't get to see their places until episode 2 ...

    The couples discover what the keys they randomly selected in the first show of the series will unlock for them, as The Restaurant continues. The empty restaurants could not be more varied – from a thatched country eatery to a sleek glass London showcase, from high street bistro to village gastro-pub. Each couple must take what they find and make it their own.

    There are decisions to be made, such as a name for the restaurant and what it should look like, how the tables should be organised, as well as cutlery, décor and ambience and, of course, the menus. The couples have all this to do and only a week until opening night.

    Straight away, the strength of the couples' relationships and the compatibility of the restaurant skills they thought they had are tested. Each chef must prove they can plan and run a busy commercial kitchen. Front-of-house partners have to pull in the bookings and keep the customers happy, even if chaos breaks out in the kitchen. The couples have no idea whether they have what it takes until 7pm on opening night.

    As always, Raymond's inspectors – Sarah Willingham and David Moore – are in the thick of it, watching and ready to report back. What happens on opening night could decide who stays in with a chance and who faces the return home. 


    Can't wait! smiley - cool



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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Friday, 22nd August 2008

    I second that!!!!

    We were so addicted to this in our house - and it was such a family event - even my brother and his friends came to watch - the wine was opened, the nibbles were in little bowls and the pass-remarking was out in force!!!

    Excellent - and I'm glad to see that RB will feature a bit more

    O September is a good food tv month!!!

    smiley - biggrin smiley - biggrin smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Friday, 22nd August 2008

    One of my favourites too, jb. Very addictive.

    I assume they must have canned the programme that was filmed about Jeremy and Jane as it's not been on air yet, unless it's a curtain raiser for series 2. I think more likely it was abandoned after J&J gave up.

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Friday, 22nd August 2008

    I wouldn't be surprised if they have canned it - a shame - but given that they didn't keep going it may not be the right note to kick off series two.

    (I'll be disappointed if they don't ever show it, as the nosey part of me would really like to see it, despite the fact that they didn't continue)

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    Posted by EFCliz (U1947399) on Monday, 25th August 2008

    Oooh I'm so excited. We skyplussed both episodes and watched them together on Friday night with a bottle of wine. I can't wait!!!

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    Posted by kitten-doth-roar (U2579016) on Monday, 25th August 2008

    I can't wait till this starts but will be on holiday for first 2/3 episodes! Have given strict instructions to OH to tape it for me just hope he remembers smiley - yikes

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    Posted by DEB (U6907879) on Monday, 25th August 2008

    You should be able to watch it on BBCi player for a week so if not recorded you will be okay

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    Posted by 30somethingmumof2 (U11247455) on Wednesday, 27th August 2008

    Do you know exactly when this is beginning? - Cant wait!!!

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Wednesday, 27th August 2008

    Not all the details are confirmed yet, just that it's w/c 6th and BBC2. I think it will be 2 episodes a week again so you can reckon on Wed and Thurs around 8pm. That'd be my guess.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 28th August 2008

    A trailer was on tonight after MasterChef. It still says 'coming soon'. Clips were of the couples cooking for Raymond.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 28th August 2008

    Correction, confirmed tonight, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th September. BBC2. I assume as before it's 8pm.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Monday, 1st September 2008

    1 week + 2 days minus 2 hours to go. Can't wait. Hopefully it will be a cut above recent food shows and be as gripping as the first series.

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

    Every time I see one of the ads now I get all excited - this signals the start of the Autumn...

    "zis is reelly the start of the most exciting journey" - cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope the rumours about Raymond being more prominant this time round are true!!

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

    I think the whole of the 1st episode is just RB with each of the couples cooking for him personally.

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

    o devine!!!!! that sounds great!! although - very very scary!!!

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Saturday, 6th September 2008

    I've just read the TV listings on here. They get the keys to their allotted restaurants on Thursday night, so Wed is just them cooking for RB. Can't wait!

    Did they ever repeat series 1? I'd love to have seen it. I never saw the very 1st episode and it was pre-iPlayer then.

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    Posted by AnnCoalie (U3526037) on Saturday, 6th September 2008

    Hi La Conchita. No I don't think it has ever been repeated perhaps because the winning couple didn't make a success of running the restaurant. Interesting but in my Mother's TV guide it says that the winners now run their own restaurant. Any idea what it is called? Not that I would go as I didn't think they should have won smiley - yikes On holiday for 2 weeks from Tues and going near to Cromer. Cromer crabs here I come smiley - magic There is an excellent chap who sells them from his house (or at least there was 3 years ago when I last went smiley - laugh . I shall be watching as many foodie programmes as I can but as I will not have access to my computer I will not be able to watch I Player smiley - erm

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Saturday, 6th September 2008

    Ooooh lovely crab! I'm also away at the end of the month for 2 weeks - to Turkey - so need to have a good clear out of my Sky+ to ensure there's enough space for this. We fly there and back on a Wednesday night so I'll need to record 3 weeks' worth (and avoid the boards until I've caught up!)

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Monday, 8th September 2008

    This is Wednesday's episode; cooking their 'signature dish' for RB.

    Each couple must cook and present one dish to showcase both their concept and their skills. And they have just an hour to do it, under Raymond's critical eye. For them, it's a first taste of the high pressure they'll be under in the coming weeks. For Raymond: his first chance to see the couples in action.

    And by the end, one couple's dream will be over - before it has even begun. 


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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Tuesday, 9th September 2008

    "That looks like a dog's dinner"

    "Do I have to teach you how to cook an egg?"


    Oooh. Not long now.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Tuesday, 9th September 2008

    Info on all the pairs now available ...

    www.bbc.co.uk/restau...

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    I'm especially hopeful of the restaurant that mixes, "...photography and art work on the one hand and fine dining and food on the other"

    As long as they don't go too overboard on the Art - this has me imagining high ceilings, beautiful images on the wall, a minimal interior but with a warmth that allows a really enjoyable place to dine!! - although - some of the others look good too. I really hope these two aren't rubbish, as I quite like the concept!!

    I'm so looking forward to this. My wine is chilling as we speak...the rain is pouring down outside, could be the night we light the fire for the first time - a proper tv night!!! Can't wait!!

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    Can you believe it, jb. Late home and forgot to set Sky+! After all my anticipation. I'm rubbish.

    Just tuned in 14 minutes late. Great v/o. Sounds like Barbara Flynn (Beiderbecke Affair etc) who is very very good at irony!

    The airline crew boys are on now name dropping like mad but incorrectly ... Tamara 'Becksworth' smiley - yikes I love it.

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    ahhh....but at least it sounds like you caught it early!!! Hilarious Bekswith mis-name-drop...fab...this is going to be great.

    (Although the wine is now flowing freely in casa jb!!)

    Glad to see RB is still lovely...mmmm...lol smiley - loveblush

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    Posted by archiduc (U10667681) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    Hi Jovial butterfly and La Conchita,
    I`m loving it!

    We are now down to the last two - name droppers versus canned mango. I would boot out the canned mango.

    Archiduc

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    I thought Tim was very funny - midlife - due a crisis - ha ha - brill...some may have thought the Porshe was the least stressful course, tho !!! lol

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

    o yes...looks like there are some classic personalities....the "HCW" as I have now christened them , "Happiest couple in the world" - wow - I have never seen two people so seemingly happy - reminds me to some extent of the American girl from the first series - the only difference being the guy this year seems to be equally as enthuastic rather than last year - when the American's partner was more interested in playing the drums.

    So happy that we only have to wait until tomorrow!!!

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    Posted by porridgebear (U3286492) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Oh please the happy couple - going to their restaurant would be like having a cuddle - pass me the sick bucket - I wonder when they will have their first argument on screen !!!

    How on earth did mango pulp people seriously expect to go through doing that - the mind really boggles.

    I thought tattoo man at the end was going to throw up, he literally went green, the poor thing. And the sweat when he was cooking.

    I am so looking forward to tonight and the rest of this series, great TV - can't remember who it was but the lovely Northern guy who couldn't pronounce Bicester when he read where the restaurant was - priceless!! I love him.

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    Posted by schmoofaloof (U5073390) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    I found all the the couples on the programme to be pretty repellent, but out of some sick masochism I'll probably carry on watching it. smiley - erm

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    porrigebear - I agree re HCW - can't wait to see their first argument - bound to happen!!!! restaurant with a hug...dear o dear....

    I thought it was a shame about using mango pulp - the dessert looked terrible - but I thought the concept was good - a carribean restaurant could have worked well (although not if the pulp featured on the menu!!) and it would have been something very different to the other restaurants.

    Glad to see the femail inspector hasn't softened in her critism since last year smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    female.... (sorry for my terrible spelling)

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Just caught up with it all on iPlayer. Corker. Glad to see tattooed sweaty person get a dressing down. He was so vile to his partner during cooking. It doesn't bode well for their friendship.

    Great range of people. A pity about the mango 'whizz' smiley - yikes going out as I'd have liked to have seen her savoury stuff. Actually none of the puds showed much skill did they?

    Early front runners? Dad & daughter and TGIF Mid-Lifers possibly?

    A great start and a better way to kick off the series but I do think RB's henchwoman/man have possibly watched too many episodes of Dragon's Den.

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    Posted by porridgebear (U3286492) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Not sure about dad and daughter, is it just me or is it a bit unusual to see daughters of that age holding hands with their dads walking down the street?

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    Posted by schmoofaloof (U5073390) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Not sure about dad and daughter,  

    Me neither, especially when she was horsing around with her pony. Reminded me of Veruca Salt. "Daddy, I WANT a restaurant!"

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Yes, you're right it was a bit Veruca Salt! I think she can probably cook very well but whether she can cook for more than 6 people at a time we'll have to see. Hmmm, the hand holding was a bit ott. Daddy is adoring of his only child that's clear to see.

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    Posted by applelisa (U2594776) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Not sure about dad and daughter, is it just me or is it a bit unusual to see daughters of that age holding hands with their dads walking down the street?
     


    Yup, I thought that was rather odd too. From reading their profile on the BBC site (link in the post at top of this page)

    "Harriet is Mike's only child and they are very close."

    smiley - smiley

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    Posted by pinkmacaroon (U7876731) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    The prog seems to have sharpened up since last year, I am so hooked - best thing on telly.

    When that couple said they were to call their restaurant 'Ray White' I choked on my coffee how the lovely Raymond (swoon) didn't laugh I cannot imagine. Roll on this evening.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    I'm still chuckling at the Veruca Salt comparison.

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    Posted by 30somethingmumof2 (U11247455) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Yes we all mentioned the 'Veruca Salt' comparison...lol....I must win daddy!! Will be watching with a bucket in reach tonight for when the HCW appear, seriously people are not really that happy and in love....are they? She really made me laugh with her love of pretty flowers...hahaha!

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Nel - OCD??? perhaps smiley - winkeye - memories of that Nikki girl from CDWM who just cleaned....lol

    The Gallery restaurant looks lovely - but these two remind me so much of jeremy and Jane...a pushy, bossy chef who does look like he can cook pretty good food and a slightly submissive front of house person. (I loved it tho, when he made that gesture behind his chef's back when standing in the kitchen at the start) - talk about doing what I was thinking - he he - loved it

    That was terrible about the gas leak...smiley - sadface They both did look really gutted.

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Daddy is a shambles. He's blaming upstairs but if he numbered the tables it'd be a start.

    Poor Alasdair. James is appallingly rude to him. Talk about mood swings.

    Oh my goodness this is shaping up to be tremendous!

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    couldn't agree more...how terrible is daddy - classic blame-pusher (i.e. its everyone else's fault) - when he was the one who was clearly at fault - he didn't know tables, orders, numbers, anything!!!!

    how can pre-order go that wrong??

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    Posted by jovialbutterfly (U7595735) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    I cannot warm to Mike...but my heart went out to Harriett...

    The ever charming Raymond...giving them a second chancesmiley - loveblush

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    I'm not sure he will be able to adopt a better attitude without a personality transplant. That conversation with a customer about 'negotiating' the bill. He was in no position to negotiate as I think the guy was trying to tell him! I would like to see if Harriet can cook though so glad they are still in.

    I'm more worried about Alasdair. I hope he stops indulging James and asks him to show him some respect.

    I was v impressed with TGIF Mid-Lifer's photographs of all the dishes. Just needs to start communicating with Mrs TGIF. I feel they've got the short straw on location.

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    Posted by porridgebear (U3286492) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Not sure I agree with you about the short straw on location, I know excatly where that restaurant is and there is a lot of money round there. It is right smack in the middle of a fairly new development on the quays www.sanmarcoonthames...
    I really like these two and was amazed they were in the last three.
    Daddy and Veruca were dreadful - really lucky to get away with it tonight.

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    Posted by helen* (U12774160) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    I'm watching Restaurant. Welsh Chinese fusion!!!!! Oh it's such a great idea. Listen. Why were these production values (and budget) not set for Step Up To The Plate? This is great. UKTV Food should close down in shame.

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    Posted by applelisa (U2594776) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    porridgebear,
    I also think they got a good location - it's just down the road from me, and in a lovely position by the river. As you say, there's a lot of money (we went to look at the flats when they were being built, so saw the prices!)
    I wasn't surprised they were in the last 3 - they really hadn't grasped the restaurant name for their menu. Pretty basic, when nearly all menus these days practically tell you when the animal's birthday was! I do know how long the restaurant lasted though, so I won't give anything away! And no, even though I was invited several times, I didn't go - I'm not after my 15 mins of fame smiley - smiley
    Daddy and Veruca won't improve, I'm sure - Dad's too set in his ways if he thinks Raymond will be impressed by him charging for drinks. Neither of them could recognise new season's lamb either, so I doubt she's much of a cook. Roll on next week!

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    Posted by LaConchita (U8276927) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Yes I recognised it too as one of the Brentford riverside complexes.

    Sorry I didn't really mean geographical location specifically nor was it a comment on the type of customer, more the ambience of the surroundings and interior. It looked very bland compared to the other places and the couple clearly wanted a period place.

    Mind you, those developments can be very soulless and that area is pretty awful for public transport.

    I like them too and was also surprised they were in the bottom 3 but I guess it was giving him a wake up call that knowledge and experience were not enough without communication

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    Posted by applelisa (U2594776) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    Sorry I didn't really mean geographical location specifically nor was it a comment on the type of customer, more the ambience of the surroundings and interior. It looked very bland compared to the other places and the couple clearly wanted a period place.  

    Sorry if I sounded defensive! I'm in South Ealing, and wait with baited breath for the alleged Brentford regeneration! It'll get there one day...
    It's a shame they didn't get the style of restaurant they wanted, but they have more money-earning potential there than somewhere like Haddenham (Welsh Wok people) which has a cute duck pond and church, but not a lot of residents who want to pay for food they don't 'get'! The Oxford place seems to have the major advantage in that residents and tourists are potential customers...

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    Posted by HelenMmac (U10772992) on Thursday, 11th September 2008

    smiley - laugh smiley - laugh Just love everyones comments what a fab programme - I love it!!

    Welsh Wok - fusion more like confusion smiley - doh
    Nels - I love her concept I think it is a great idea smiley - ok
    Sorbet and Season - no! no! smiley - yikes
    Dad and daughter ... similar to the 2 air stewards - if I knew that I had won a place to be on this programme - and had no experience - I would volunteer in a top notch restaurant - and tell them I would give them credit when I sold my story to a magazine. How did the father expect to run a restaurant - with no experience!!! aaarrrgghhh!! smiley - yikes

    Helen smiley - smiley

    I'm backing my name sake Nels - at this early stage!!

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