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The Brennans

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Britain's kitchens are a disaster zone - we appear clueless when it comes to cookery. Instead of sitting down to a freshly-cooked meal around the dining table Brits are now more likely to sit down to a takeaway in front of the TV.

One man wants to change this. At just 26, Gordon Jones is head chef at one of the country's leading five star hotels, the Royal Crescent in Bath. Now he wants to get households cooking tasty, healthy and fresh meals, eating together again and reconnecting with each other. And he'll save them a fortune in the process.

Each episode, he picks two virgin cooks from a household and places them in a seven-day head-to-head cookery competition which starts with him slashing their food budget. By the end of the week, the person who has come on the furthest wins the ultimate prize: to cook a three-course menu, of their own design, for 20 to 30 friends and family.

Enfield in North London is home to the first family of the series - the Brennans. Dad Rob, mum Lyn and their sons Jimmie, 19, and Ricky, 15, are a family of sports-mad Spurs supporters who eat appalling food. Mum waits on everyone and her food mantra is simple - 'give me a tin opener and I'll give you a meal'. The family shells out over 1000 pounds a month on takeaways and ready meals.

Gordon's challenge is to take Lyn and Jimmie and teach them to cook properly in just seven days, so it's mum v son in the family cooking competition. But after 30 years of producing tasteless bland food, can Gordon undo mum's appalling kitchen habits and can he teach Jimmie to grow up and cook on his own two feet?

At the end of it, one of them has to cook a three-course dinner party for a group of friends and family at one of the country's premier sporting venues. But who will it be?

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Tue 1 Sep 2009 04:10

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