So sorry I missed this thread and the programme last night. Just watched. I was very happy that Natalie won, although I agree that Larkin's story was sad. He came across better after that, but I wanted to shake him and say why didn't you cook like you did at the end the whole way through?! Poor Dale. I hope they all go on to better things and would love it if Natalie and Larkin married. Imagine the food!
I was very happy. Natalie was consistent and she learned.
The grandad thing had me howling too, and I usually sneer at sob stories.
I thought Larkin's story a bit sad. At one point his dad was basically talking about all the sacrifices they had made so Larkin wouldn't have to work in a kitchen; cut to Larkin saying he is grateful for what his parents did for him but he wants to be happy, not successful. Culture clash I think.
lol at Tofu Emulsion being the new Farrow and Ball colour
So glad Nat won, well done Nathalie
My theory that Dale was Gareth from the Office was shored up by the fact they played the Office theme tune when they did his family shots, ha ha
Continuing on the music note - how uncomfortable must it have been at the end when it was just Nat, John and Greg with a glass of champers? No one was speaking, so if you took away the incidental music there would have been silence!
Poor Nat, it wasn't her fault was it ? Sounds awful for everyone involved (motor-bike accident) - but the person responsible was the driver (who'd been drinking) Trust The Sun to drag up something like that instead of celebrating her excellent win in the show. At least they could have done a general "girl from Hackney" story and included that bit as a minor "worst day of my life" element. This is why I very rarely buy a newspaper. TV coverage is much more balanced and intelligent.