Great British Menu is back

(502 Posts)
MsNobodyAgain Mon 28-Jan-13 19:09:51

if anyone is interested.

BBC2, 7.30pm tonight.

Oodsigma Mon 28-Jan-13 19:12:22

Ooh thanks, never see this advertised and always start a week or 2 in,

Idontknowhowtohelpher Mon 28-Jan-13 20:33:19

I loved the disco starter (and the chef....)!

MsNobodyAgain Mon 28-Jan-13 20:49:45

Disco starter was good and yes to the dishy chef. I didn't like the chicken and egg one. Trying too hard. The other one was boring.

Bilbobagginstummy Mon 28-Jan-13 20:55:02

I wish it was on at 6:30pm. I like watching it while cooking/eating tea.

I agree with the above. Richard Corrigan always marks really low though: he must have loved them all.

Idontknowhowtohelpher Mon 28-Jan-13 21:01:10

I thought that Richard Corrigan was more generous than usual with his marking too! I hope that this series being about comic relief doesn't mean compromise or any drop in standards...

TennisFan42 Fri 01-Feb-13 08:38:52

I don't think any of the dishes this week have made me think "that's really hit the brief". And I can't understand why Adam went through ahead of Matt when he clearly ignored the brief in ALL his dishes! I can't see any of these making the banquet.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 01-Feb-13 10:05:00

Must admit, it has been disappointing so far. The Comic Relief brief doesn't really float my boat.

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 01-Feb-13 13:14:00

I totally agree, TennisFan. They might have been nice but they weren't remotely on brief. I assume Tom A will go through.

Looking forward to some more humorous contributions from the Celtic fringes!

TennisFan42 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:49:12

Yes, I assume Tom will go through too. I hope Oliver rips apart Adam's dishes for being dull. And let's hope next week's offerings are more interesting!

I HATE the chefs choosing who goes through. Its so obvious who they're going to chose angry.

Richard Corrigan was so far up Adams arse from the beginning so knew he'd go through even though he didn't follow the brief once!

Lizzylou Fri 01-Feb-13 16:52:11

I am a bit in love with the young chef who didn't go through.
Those eyes!
Those forearms!

I can't remember any of the dishes blush

Raahh Fri 01-Feb-13 19:46:30

Ok, I'm watching the judges bit- I don't really get the brief. How do they make it funny, really? hmmgrin

I like GBM- for such a non-offensive programme, it can get quite heated.grin I've been trying to remember who it was who walked out last year...

Heavywheezing Fri 01-Feb-13 19:49:51

The chefs are horrible tonight. All the macho bullshit.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 01-Feb-13 20:39:30

Johnnie Mountain (great name) walked out last year. I enjoyed that immensely.

fancyanother Fri 01-Feb-13 22:05:50

I felt really sorry for Matt as well for not going through. Adam just seemed to put a load of dishes up that he would have made hundreds of times in his own restaurant. Really annoys me. Either don't have a brief (particularly stupid one the Comic Relief one, but hey) or don't put people through who ignore it. The other chefs may have spent time wondering how to inject 'humour' into their dishes and coming up with good ideas, perhaps to the detriment of time spent on their actual dishes and one hasn't even bothered with the brief. Glad he didn't go through.

Raahh Sat 02-Feb-13 12:03:24

Johnnie Mountain! That was the one. How could I forget a name like that!

I felt for the female chef last year- think it was Stephanie Moon?- who really messed up with the brief, think it was Olympic themed. She had all sorts of props, and it was just embarrassing.

TennisFan42 Mon 04-Feb-13 20:06:51

So what do we think so far of the chefs this week?

Bilbobagginstummy Mon 04-Feb-13 22:03:24

Tony Singh is the only one with a sense of humour.

Sadly, Angela Hartnett doesn't seem to have one.

Tweedledeedum Mon 04-Feb-13 22:23:25

Me too Lizzylou, he was hmmmm tasty! Drives me nuts when they ignore the brief and are not marked down severely. Surely the judges think Richard is an idiot for letting them through?

This week loving the Spam revisited dish! grin

TennisFan42 Tue 05-Feb-13 07:55:33

I thought it was really odd when Angela went over to Tony to tell him off for accidentally throwing away the juice he needed for his dish. I think she is going to grate this week.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 05-Feb-13 17:44:05

Angela was harsh! Her scoring was harsh as well. Maybe it's all those years she spent with Gordon Ramsay.

I like Tony. I'd love to see him go through.

Oodsigma Tue 05-Feb-13 19:52:07

She's always strict but I like her.

Like Tonys comic !

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 07-Feb-13 21:41:01

Not another one where the unfunny technical one goes through. Why do they bother having a brief? Why not just say "cook your best dishes"?

Tony should have gone through. I thought the blown-sugar red nose was genius.

Davros Thu 07-Feb-13 21:59:48

What has AH done to her boat race? She was plastered in slap! Wrong one through again

MsNobodyAgain Thu 07-Feb-13 22:51:52

Tony was robbed!

Also agree that Angela needs some make up lessons.

TennisFan42 Fri 08-Feb-13 09:15:17

I can't believe Tony only got a 7 (and that chocolate knot thing got an 8) and he didn't go through. That dessert was the first dish that I could really see working at the banquet and it looked delicious too.

TennisFan42 Fri 08-Feb-13 09:15:43

Do we know which region and chefs are up next week?

MsNobodyAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 10:00:16

It's the North West region. My favourite. I don't know which chefs are on though.

Tweedledeedum Fri 08-Feb-13 11:38:55

Tony was so robbed, I agree, what is the point of the brief, he ignored it and is rewarded, and you just know the judges will have none of it. Whereas they'd have had a laugh with Tony's dishes, plus he was so funny to watch. Crap!

TennisFan42 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:40:12

Thank you Matthew for pointing out the comedy element is purely window dressing!

Debra Stephenson is going to grate if she does impressions throughout.

[I'm still feeling bitter that Tony didn't go through]

MsNobodyAgain Fri 08-Feb-13 20:05:42

Good result.

TennisFan42 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:38:11

I'm glad Michael went through but I am struggling to see any dishes that could go through to the final so far.

Oodsigma Fri 08-Feb-13 22:39:17

There's part of me that would like to see waiters carrying huge trays of kilts with dangly doughnuts!

The chicken crossing the road thing was the best so far.

MousyMouse Sat 09-Feb-13 17:17:28

anyone tasted goat?
a market neat me sells carrabean goats stew and it smells delicious but am afraid to try due to mutton trauma

think the right one of those two went through, liked some of tony's dishes though.

will there be any women chefs? it's all a bit one sided...

Davros Sat 09-Feb-13 17:39:18

If you've eaten any "beef" products made with imported meat recently you've probably already sampled goat grin

MsNobodyAgain Sat 09-Feb-13 17:42:32

I haven't tasted goat. I wouldn't know where to get it round here. There are the main supermarkets and a lot of Polish shops but that's it.

Yy to wanting a lady chef to appear. It's all too macho at the moment.

MousyMouse Sat 09-Feb-13 17:42:49

at least not knowingly.
does it taste a lot like goat smells iyswim? or goats cheese? [vom]

MsNobodyAgain Sat 09-Feb-13 17:43:22

grin Davros

Oodsigma Sat 09-Feb-13 18:35:53

Dh likes goat. Was obsessed with goat curry when we went to the Caribbean

TennisFan42 Mon 11-Feb-13 08:44:33

According to the radiotimes website the chefs tonight are iden Byrne and newcomers Mary-Ellen McTague and Chris Holland (finally a woman cooking) and being judged by the loveoly Phil Howard

MsNobodyAgain Mon 11-Feb-13 09:19:07

Oh, I like Phil Howard. And a lady chef at last, yay!

TennisFan42 Mon 11-Feb-13 10:16:05

I would love to go to Phil's restaurant in Mayfair.

Oodsigma Mon 11-Feb-13 19:41:55

Not sure phil Howard & humour go together.

Oodsigma Mon 11-Feb-13 19:57:45

Felt they met the brief better today.

Raahh Mon 11-Feb-13 20:42:00

Ood I have just caught up with this and agree, for a Comic Relief brief- Phil really isn't your man!

Raahh Tue 12-Feb-13 19:57:04

I like the presentation of the 'gone fishing' one today. Sounds like it would taste good. I wouldn't want to be judged by Phil- and I think he let Mary Ellen off lightly yesterday given how late she was.

I really want some Dover sole though!

Oodsigma Tue 12-Feb-13 20:11:15

Think this week is going to be close.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Feb-13 10:39:59

I've just caught up also. Mary Ellen should have been penalised for being that late with her starter.

I think this weeks chefs have met the brief better with the starters. Not so sure with Mary Ellen on the fish course though.

I'd like Aiden to go through. He's trying so hard and seems such a nice chap.

Oodsigma Wed 13-Feb-13 10:46:54

Did Aiden go through last year?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Feb-13 11:00:03

He got through to the semi's but didn't get a course to the banquet. sad

Raahh Wed 13-Feb-13 11:04:49

I think Aiden said he'd failed on 3 attempts to get to the final(may have misheard that though!) At last he tried to make his course fit the brief.

Phil confuses me- he's either been told he needs to get a woman into the final, or he fancies Mary Ellengrin- otherwise he seems to be over marking her.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Feb-13 11:29:57

I agree with the Mary Ellen comment Raahh. I feel she's been over-marked.

Yes, Aiden did say he'd failed 3 times to get to the final. Poor man. Although I didn't like his starter dish, bleurgh!!!!!

LiviaAugusta Wed 13-Feb-13 13:44:18

I love GBM but the 'themes' do annoy me. Last year the 'is it Olympian though?' got on my wick and this year it's a bit cringeworthy that some chefs feel that making the diner wear a funny hat is enough to make a dish 'witty and playful'. The chef who left first in week one was definitely robbed by losing to someone who completely ignored the brief but got inexplicably high marks. Think the woman this week could be interesting though, loved her bath tub and rubber duck starter! Having said that I love watching all these amazing chefs in action and am a little disappointed that bonkers Johnny Mountain isn't making an appearance again this year.

The only other thing that has struck me this year is all the chemicals that the 'modern' chefs seem to be happy to put into the food to get it to do molecular things. Not sure what I think about it...

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Feb-13 17:16:57

I think it should be stripped back to a menu for a special event. No gimmicks. Just good food.

And ban water baths and protein glue and liquid nitrogen!

Raahh Wed 13-Feb-13 17:41:58

It's deffo gone too gimmicky- in the early series, even if it seemed gimmicky, it looked like edible, proper food. I still remember the Star gazy pie one- not something I'd ever eat myself, but it had the wow factor, and looked like proper solid foodgrin

But I think the first series was the Queen's birthday one- doubt she'd have appreciated beans in a bathgrin

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Feb-13 18:13:18

Star gazy pie was a great dish. I liked the chef that did that too. Good, honest cooking.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Wed 13-Feb-13 18:25:15

That was Mark Hix I think.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Wed 13-Feb-13 18:28:23

I like Colin McGurran and I think he's back this year. I used to live near his place (Winteringham Fields) and was lucky enough to eat/stay there several times smile

Raahh Wed 13-Feb-13 19:51:27

Really not sure about the whole goat thinghmm

Raahh Wed 13-Feb-13 19:58:53

I must say that I like Phil far more as a judge, than a contestant. I don't think he liked being judged muchgrin

Awww, Aiden got a 10 and is crying. Bless.

Oodsigma Wed 13-Feb-13 20:52:11

Just caught up and cried with Aiden I am really enjoying this week, the chefs are all nice to each other & really supportive. Think we need tasters of Mary Ellen's food as phil is seeing something not shown to us.

Anyone else think of MN when they talk goat?

Raahh Wed 13-Feb-13 20:55:06

I did think of MN @ the goat stuff.

I'm enjoying this week too- much better than last week.

Phil is really letting Mary Ellen get away with stuff-it's annoying. Not that I'm too keen on the other bloke's stuff,thoughgrin

Tweedledeedum Wed 13-Feb-13 22:58:21

I'm afraid I am hating this week, I really want to punch Phil and Aiden in the face, they are such arrogant smug men, I can't stand them confused

MsNobodyAgain Thu 14-Feb-13 09:28:46

Hmmmm, Aiden came across as a bit arrogant last night. And the whole "I need to see something that is a 10" thing is a bit suspicious. Phil keeps banging on about giving a 10, Aiden gets a 10 hmm

I am not liking Mary Ellens food at all but that's probably due to the Heston B influence.

It will probably be her and Aiden that go through to cook for the judges on Friday though.

BartletForTeamGB Thu 14-Feb-13 12:03:34

I think Mary Ellen has been very generously marked on every dish!

BartletForTeamGB Thu 14-Feb-13 12:06:25

Aiden is a shoo in for the final now though.

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 14-Feb-13 19:31:50

Just watched yesterday's - I think Aiden's main is one of very few dishes which are banquet-worthy so far.

And I agree about Mary-Ellen too: she served cold, salty goat and got 8 points???

Oodsigma Thu 14-Feb-13 20:22:02

Hmm not so good tonight then!

TennisFan42 Thu 14-Feb-13 20:27:57

I thought Aiden's pudding idea was good but he needs to work on getting each element of it right before the next round. I'd like to have tried the banana and brownie one - it's a shame he didn't get a stronger flavour with his parfait.

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 14-Feb-13 20:27:58

No - I thought the burger looked great, so it must have been gross!

MsNobodyAgain Thu 14-Feb-13 20:38:22

I don't like desserts so I can't relate to any of the dishes tonight.

It was an obvious result though.

Oodsigma Thu 14-Feb-13 20:45:49

I thought the banana one looked good too

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:36:12

I missed the beginning of the judges bit last week- didn't realise they got to see what the chefs were doing in advance. Surely that might sway the way they vote?

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:38:47

I saw that bit ( don't like it) but didn't realise they got the scores too

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:38:57

I do like Roland Rivron, from when he used to be in 'Raw Sex' on french and saundersblush

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:40:20

I do think it is wrong- will they feel obliged not to ditch Aiden for the 4th timegrin

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 15-Feb-13 19:42:21

Aiden does have the better menu though...

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:44:00

He does- and has been more consistent. But i feel Pru is rooting for mary Ellen.

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:45:10

It's fairly close but Aiden tips it so if he goes through its ok with me

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:45:45

It's not funny, though...grin

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:53:20

Only funny ones so far were the chicken crossing the road and the bean bath.

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:54:38

I think it might end up being close- the judges seem quite divided. And Aiden's burger was not great yesterday.

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:55:33

I like the presentation of this- but a pineapple burger?

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:55:53

It looks better today, want pineapple now.

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:56:09

And trifle.

Raahh Fri 15-Feb-13 19:58:51

I really would like some Dover sole...the swordfish I had yesterday has spoiled megrin

Well done, Aiden. He doesn't have to bother next year nowgrin

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 20:44:12


MsNobodyAgain Sat 16-Feb-13 22:03:52

Mary Ellens goat dish went down better than I thought it would.

I do wonder who pays for the props. The fancy boxes, plates and such things. Do the chefs pay, the BBC, or does it come out of comic relief money?

ThePavlovianCat Mon 18-Feb-13 15:18:23

It's the north-east tonight with judge Jason Atherton. The chefs are Colin McCurran, Charlie Lakin and Stephanie Moon - I think Stephanie is the one that went a bit crazy with the brief last year with snorkels and stuff.

Raahh Mon 18-Feb-13 16:58:28

Oh yes- Poor Stephanie. iirc, Nigel Haworth was the judge, and he was really nice to her about her monumental disastergrin

I wonder who pays for the props too- especially for 80+ people. maybe theydo a 'Challenge Anneka' stylee looting job?

Bilbobagginstummy Mon 18-Feb-13 18:16:52

Maybe they have a budget for food and props together?

Raahh Mon 18-Feb-13 19:38:54

hasn't someone already done the chicken joke?

Oodsigma Mon 18-Feb-13 19:41:06

Yes the first week I think. He had a road on slate plate

Raahh Mon 18-Feb-13 19:45:28

I'm already worried for Steph.

Now that is just stupid. What is funny about dog poo on a plate?

Raahh, I don't think they know what the others have done.

Raahh Mon 18-Feb-13 19:56:14

I had to pause and am a bit behind...
Dog poo?!

Raahh Mon 18-Feb-13 19:57:14

cat - no, probably not.

the poo is just wrong.

Is anyone else not enjoying the brief this year? I know every year is rather contrived but this one just seems embarrassing! I am especially disliking the token funny person on a Friday with the judges. The woman the week before last was truly awful and cringe worthy and last week's guy not much better!

Coconutty Tue 19-Feb-13 08:40:05

I couldn't fancy eating the dog shit but really hope he gets through to Friday so we can see Prue's face when it's served to her.

ThePavlovianCat Tue 19-Feb-13 08:42:08

I think having the extra judge is a good idea but I don't like the people they have chosen as the extra judge so far.

It seems a difficult brief to deliver on unless they use gimmicky presentation for each dish.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Tue 19-Feb-13 08:42:44

The turd on a plate was revolting.

Is it very wrong to hope it gets to the judges chamber so I can see their faces when the waiters take the covers off?

MsNobodyAgain Tue 19-Feb-13 09:45:16

The dog poo thing was just vile. I like toilet humour and am no prude but if that was put in front of me, I would do a definite cats bum face. I would like to see it in front of the judges purely for their reaction grin

I am also not enjoying the brief this year. It needs to go back to less gimmicks and more about good food.

I liked the look of Stphanie's starter - and that 'poo' was extremely strange!

Raahh Tue 19-Feb-13 19:38:37

way to ruin a fish course- with a load of pork. Grrr.

The salmon one looked beautiful. Where was the joke/humour? Some of the chefs don't seem to even try to fill the brief (and I can't say I blame them)

Oodsigma Tue 19-Feb-13 21:49:42

I liked the custard pie idea but I never get the fish course anyway as it never appeals blush

Raahh Wed 20-Feb-13 08:40:32

I want someone to use pollock in their fish course, and call it 'Never mind the pollocks'. It could be served with a large nappy pin through it's head, and a mohawk made of water cress.

I'd laugh at that.grin

I'm pretty certain the only reason there is a fish course at all is so they can have 4 programmes plus a final each week. A coffee and cheese course would be less entertaining. Some ludicrous amuse bouche thing to begin with would probably be more interesting than a fish course though.

Oodsigma Wed 20-Feb-13 09:07:41

raah for the banquet! Love it grin

ThePavlovianCat Wed 20-Feb-13 19:43:37

Ok, they are completely ignoring the brief today. I get it's not a great brief but at least make the effort.

Oodsigma Wed 20-Feb-13 20:09:05

Bit meh today.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Feb-13 20:19:42

I am not impressed by this week so far. I can see me stopping watching unless it improves.

At least Charlie (?) tried to fill the brief even though I thought the result was awful. The kidneys were raw!! And I really would rather have a kebab from my local take away which is saying something. It was all a bit grim, I thought

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 20-Feb-13 22:56:22

So Colin is totally ignoring the brief and scoring highly.
Charlie has spectacularly misjudged the brief (dog poo? Rough kebab?) and is scoring low.
Steph has worked hard on the brief but isn't quite on top of either food or humour.

Wonder what the judges will think! We know that Jason is another judge who favours the brief-ignorer.

Raahh Thu 21-Feb-13 09:33:35

I only saw snippets of last night- what I saw didn't look great.
Charlie seems to have taken over where Steph left off last year- he's trying to hit the brief,but the 'humour' isn't funny, and the results are a mess.

It's not a great week.

ThePavlovianCat Thu 21-Feb-13 19:50:19

Is it me or is putting dry ice actually into the food quite dangerous?

ThePavlovianCat Thu 21-Feb-13 19:55:01

Tony's sugarwork was so much better than Steph's

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 22-Feb-13 17:33:43

Tony was totally ROBBED though. sad

ThePavlovianCat Fri 22-Feb-13 17:51:44

Yes he was.

I hope the next batch of chefs produce something more interesting.

Raahh Fri 22-Feb-13 19:40:19

I think Colin may win this.

I haven't liked the competitiveness this week- hasn't seemed good humoured, more goady.

I like Tim Brooke-Taylor.

Raahh Fri 22-Feb-13 19:53:52

Steph is holding her own- I think Colin is rattled

Raahh Fri 22-Feb-13 20:08:56

sad Poor Steph. When it came to judging, I think it was a close thing. I'm not sure I like Colin- he made mistakes, he didn't do that well- he wasn't funny (apart from maybe pudding). He seemed to just expect to win.

i do hope next week is better!

Stephen seemed like a really lovely person, someone I would like to eat dinner with. She was so upset at losing but still gracious.

Raahh Fri 22-Feb-13 20:32:17

I hope they let her know how close it was- she was quite gutted. Her confidence must have been given a boost after last year, though.
TBH- none of the dishes this week were particularly 'wow'. I don't think any of Colin's will make it to the final banquet. Too boringgrin

Idontknowhowtohelpher Fri 22-Feb-13 22:32:34

Steph was unlucky being up against Colin. Other weeks she would have gone through.

LocoParentis Sun 24-Feb-13 02:35:01

Is it just me or do you find the judges talking between courses whilst standing(or leaning) strategically around the room toe curlingly cringeworthy?

If i have to see Oliver half sitting on the edge of the table again this friday i may have to remove my eyes with a blunt spoon. angry

Bilbobagginstummy Sun 24-Feb-13 08:06:39

Please don't do that, loco (though I agree, it adds nothing) - just close your eyes. grin

Idontknowhowtohelpher Sun 24-Feb-13 11:48:43

I wish the judges didn't know who had cooked each dish when they are tasting them. I know that sometimes it is obvious, but it seems to be a bit unfair.

Oodsigma Sun 24-Feb-13 13:19:39

I preferred it like that too.

notyummy Sun 24-Feb-13 21:18:22

I ate at Colin's restaurant on Friday night and I have to say that it was completely lush,

Oodsigma Mon 25-Feb-13 19:36:25

Are these all new to us?

Love Tom judging smile

Raahh Mon 25-Feb-13 19:43:10

I've just switched on, so am on catch up- love Tom- don't recognise the chefs at all.

Raahh Mon 25-Feb-13 19:45:11

Is Tom on the re-vamped Food and Drink, as well?I keep recordingthat, it's notquite grabbing me, but I'm giving it time...

Raahh Mon 25-Feb-13 20:08:18

my thoughts- Peter looks like Sacha Baron Cohen a bit

and he was going to be penalised for being late. That wasn't mentioned the other week, when Mary Ellen was late.

The woman this week (her name has escaped meblush) looked out of her depth.

Chris - don't think he was comfy with the brief, liked the tins.

I love Tom Kerridge blush

Oodsigma Mon 25-Feb-13 20:19:44

The Sascha-Baron-Cohen-chef was a bit smug for me. I liked that Tom made it obvious he was deducting points.

Green eggs and ham sounded great, shame she flapped.

BartletForTeamGB Mon 25-Feb-13 21:35:27

What is Tom going to do tomorrow if any of them do shellfish?

Oodsigma Mon 25-Feb-13 21:49:47

Last year he had a assistant to taste but he has been known to taste anyway in his own dishes

ThePavlovianCat Tue 26-Feb-13 08:54:45

Just caught up with this on iplayer.

I thought the green eggs and ham dish was a brilliant idea. It's a shame she got a bit flustered so it didn't deliver it's potential but I'd like to see her do it again for the judges on Friday and get it right.

The duck a l'orange dish looked interesting and I'd like to try it but I'm not sure it really met the brief. One sticker on a tin does not make a funny dish!

The picnic looked good and I think Tom was right to penalise because of the timing issues.

Tom's just fantastic isn't he? He's really positive and encouraging to them (just as he was on Masterchef the Professionals).

I'm feeling a lot more positive about the chefs this week.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 26-Feb-13 11:26:02

I gave up on last weeks. It was so dull, but I'm definitely watching this week as it's Tom judging. Lovely man.

I agree that Peter seemed smug. His dish was good though. He deserved the point removing for being late.

The woman had a 'mare, and I didn't like the look of her dish.

Bit 'meh' about the duck dish as well.

Looking forward to the fish course.

Raahh Tue 26-Feb-13 19:49:02

I think Sacha/Peter is doing pollockgrin. it's not got a mohicansad

Raahh Tue 26-Feb-13 19:49:43

it's all a bit high tech. looks lovely though.

Raahh Tue 26-Feb-13 19:51:44

Ahh, they've brought Phil back to taste the shell fish.His boss[awkward]

Raahh Tue 26-Feb-13 19:55:21

Emily's looks great.Do like trout.

Raahh Tue 26-Feb-13 19:59:33

Poor Emily. Think she's gutted. Like a fish. He's harsh,is Tom!

Oodsigma Tue 26-Feb-13 20:27:32

Felt sorry for Emily. Thought all would be 7s tonight. Don't like Sascha.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 26-Feb-13 20:45:42

I preferred Emilys dish out of all of them. Peter is an over-confident nob. Chris did a good job today though. I think he nailed the brief better than yesterday.

Hopefully Emily will storm the main tomorrow but it isn't looking great for her is it?

ThePavlovianCat Wed 27-Feb-13 07:35:44

I hope Emily steps it up today and tomorrow because I'd really like to see her get through to Friday. I think her dishes have been the most interesting this week. She did look really shocked at only getting 6 yesterday.

JulesJules Wed 27-Feb-13 09:42:08

I love Tom.

If the voice over says "witty and playful twist" one more time, I'll scream.

I don't like this new thing of the judges perched awkwardly, channel 5 newreader stylee, on the desk. And I'm not keen on the comedy judge. Except Tim Brooke Taylor who was lovely.

Come on Emily!

Raahh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:47:43

SachaPeter looks in danger of being late again. But the champers sound nice...

I hope Emily pulls off something good.

Raahh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:52:34

mushroom crisps -ewwww. How to ruin a crisp.

Chris is again sticking to his stance of not bothering with the brief.

Emily's looked great,and seemed to go down well.

Raahh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:53:23

And Sacha/Peter has gone all out on the propsgrin

Raahh Wed 27-Feb-13 19:58:16

I wanted Emily to call her's 'who shot Bambi's mum'- 9 for Emily- still a bit behind,though.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Feb-13 20:41:17

As much as I dislike Peter, I was drooling over his dish. I could just go a roast dinner.

Chris is remaining humourless.

Emily, well, unless she aces the dessert course, she's out of the race really. Her main today was good though.

Raahh Wed 27-Feb-13 20:52:55

I liked the look of Peter's potatoes. I am constantly trying to make the perfect roast potato.

Oodsigma Wed 27-Feb-13 21:27:54

Dh does fabulous roast pots <gloats>

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 09:10:48


I've tried everything to make them like my mum's. They are never the same. My Christmas dinner ones weren't too bad, actually. I have and idea of how I want them to be, but never seem to get it quite right.

<roast potato angst>

<first world problem>grin

Oodsigma Thu 28-Feb-13 09:22:45

My mums are completely different to dhs but fantastic too. My cooking is shit.

JulesJules Thu 28-Feb-13 17:44:20

Chris looks as if he is about to burst into tears or go postal.

I don't like the way he keeps wiping his sweaty brow and hair with his hands.

Those potatoes should have been good, with all that individual attention they were getting grin

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:35:12

I know what you mean about Chris going postal. They need to hide the meat cleaversgrin He has a 'here's Johnny' look about him...

Emily is being a bit ambitious today. I do like rhubarb.

Oodsigma Thu 28-Feb-13 19:40:34

Chris& Emily's look good today. FX for a bad apple pie blush

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:44:36

Ood - I'm wanting Peter to be knocked down a peg.

Sadly, Chris has less than perfect peaches.

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Feb-13 19:45:38

Oh dear. Chris's peaches are winding him up.

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:51:04

See, Emily's joke wouldn't work for me- cos scone rhymes with cone grin

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:54:07

Wow- that is a big tree! Emily's rhubarb things looked good. Not sure about the apple pie and peters insistence on everything being nostalgichmm

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:56:25

Nooooo Emily's was fab! Give her 10!
He likes Peter...
The peaches were not great

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Feb-13 19:56:52

I know one thing, I want shares in a liquid nitrogen factory.

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 19:58:49

Ooh- Emily is through!

Hide the meat cleaveragrin

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Feb-13 19:58:54

If looks could kill....

Raahh Thu 28-Feb-13 20:00:26

They do use a lot of it, MsNo grin

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Feb-13 20:04:19

I am too old fashioned. Liquid nitrogen, edible glue, gelling agents, syringes. They make me mad.

Good result today though. Emily looked so shocked. Bless.

ThePavlovianCat Thu 28-Feb-13 20:06:08

I'm glad Emily got through to the judging chamber and I hope she does well tomorrow. I feel sorry for Chris (and wish he'd got through instead of Peter) but his pudding didn't live up to the concept.

Oodsigma Thu 28-Feb-13 20:20:08

Thought Emily deserved more than one point ahead of Peter too.

Ruprekt Thu 28-Feb-13 23:22:33

Voice over WOMAN does my head in...........

'Rising Star Emily..............' Is that her AkTual name?? Rising Star Emily???


I might shoot her...

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 01-Mar-13 06:46:03

And "Innovative young gun Peter". They've done it all series: each chef gets a 2 or 3 word label because obviously the viewers are too stupid to remember which is which otherwise. angry - puts me right off!

Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 07:11:36

Really want Emily to go through. She's beaten Peter twice yet isn't given the credibility he was. Tom seemed to like her though.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 01-Mar-13 08:24:57

<passes gun to ruprekt >

It is very annoying.

Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 19:34:00

Go Emily!!!

<Shoots voice over lady>

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:34:55

Right- c'mon Emily!

I still don't like the fact the judges know in advance what they are cooking.
I hope she can improve her starter...

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:35:28

Voice over lady is rubbishgrin

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:36:34

oh Pruesad

Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 19:37:14

sad Emily

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:37:48

'innovative young chef'


Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 19:38:04

Innovative does not equal picnic angry

<head blows off>

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:39:42

pfft! it's all gimmicks.

At least Matthew agrees.

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:40:51

'innovative' is the word of the night, evidently.

Peter is trying to psyche her out. Bugger off!

Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 19:41:14

An hungry now.

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:42:51

mmm. Trout.

Peter's pollock did look nice. <grudging>

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:44:48

how did he mess up the peas? missed that...

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:47:06


oh, it's the roast potatoes.

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:47:50

I bet he hasn't got a granny

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:56:35


Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 19:57:11

pfft.Peter. Typical.

ThePavlovianCat Fri 01-Mar-13 20:31:08

I really can't understand how Peter got through ahead of Emily. They admitted his dishes didn't really hit the brief. Grrr not happy.

Oodsigma Fri 01-Mar-13 20:47:01

WTF angry

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 01-Mar-13 21:29:16

Pollock bollock. I thought it looked greasy.

Raahh Fri 01-Mar-13 21:39:43

I'm still upset the bollocks pollock didn't have a mohicangrin

Ruprekt Fri 01-Mar-13 22:33:32

I thought Peter's food was awful.

Fish with broccoli puree
Roast dinner
Apple Pie

Am not happy with ANY of the chefs that have gone through. Arrogant gits!! And Peter's voice annoyed me too............

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 02-Mar-13 06:42:19

And Emily's main was so good: up there with the best.

Oodsigma Sat 02-Mar-13 08:02:52

Thought 'innovative' was actually the opposite of Peters menu.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 12:13:16

I've just watched this despite knowing the result.

If Emily had done a better starter, she would have won I think. That green egg thing would put a lot of people off.

Her main was much better than Peters though, but his dessert went down well.

I still think she should have gone through. Bloody smug Peter. Gah!

Northern Ireland tonight, with the lovely Glynn Purnell smile

Oodsigma Mon 04-Mar-13 19:32:14

Chris is back too.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 19:33:31

Not keen on Chris. Too serious.

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 19:36:37

Chris always looks like he needs a wash.

Love Glynn. He's not Irish,though confused

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 19:39:11

I can't hear the phrase '2 soups' without picturing the old Victoria Wood sketch...

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 19:41:45

MsNoI LOVE that sketch. I was watching a prog about 'as seenon tv' over Christmas. It made me cry, as much as laugh. And also made me feel oldgrin

is it on the trolley?

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 19:44:38

grin me too Raahh.

I doubt a soup will make the final though. Sad coz I love soup I do.

Oodsigma Mon 04-Mar-13 19:45:26

raah the judges have all muddled up this year. Angela usually does Wales but didn't.

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 19:46:34

maybe this year they ave 'mixed' up the judges in an attempt to be wacky.

This is the first week I've noticedgrin

No, soup doesn't scream banquet, really.

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 19:51:02

I like the look of this one.

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 19:52:01

But it has mushroom in it.So-it's a no from megrin

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 19:53:17

I preferred the first soup but the potion looked massive.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 04-Mar-13 20:01:54

portion not potion. I don't think anyone has resorted to witchcraft yet.

Oodsigma Mon 04-Mar-13 20:22:32

Liked the piggy banks but decided they should have had red noses or something.
Best food was the rabbit I think.

Raahh Mon 04-Mar-13 20:29:13

I like the idea of potions...prob needs a lot of dry icegrin

The rabbit was good- but did wonder how Glynn would score him, after telling him b that he did rabbit lollipops a few years back.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 05-Mar-13 19:46:41

Cauliflower bread sounds interesting.

Is he really serving a RAW egg yolk?

MsNobodyAgain Tue 05-Mar-13 19:54:09

Chris is having a 'mare

ThePavlovianCat Tue 05-Mar-13 19:55:42

They seem very bitchy to each other tonight

MsNobodyAgain Tue 05-Mar-13 19:59:55

I know what you mean. Chris and his ex-boss definitely do not get on.

Raahh Tue 05-Mar-13 20:00:44

because of the angry bloody football I missed this tonight.

Did I mention the bloody football?

ThePavlovianCat Tue 05-Mar-13 20:05:15

I didn't like any of the dishes tonight. I hope they up their game tomorrow.

Raahh Wed 06-Mar-13 10:13:04

am finally catching up- I do like turbot, wasn't sure about how he put it together.

Chris just looks so greasy, puts me off everything he does, and his props were just ott. Huge prop - just to take the nets off and put them on the plate?

Glynn has a lovely smile, and seemed to a bit exasperated by Chris.

Oodsigma Wed 06-Mar-13 12:53:39

Think the new lad has an easy week as the other two just dig at each other he can get on.

Raahh Wed 06-Mar-13 19:32:31

Ood- yup, new boy definitely needs to just leave the other two to bicker- they're like little kids!

Oodsigma Wed 06-Mar-13 19:50:22

Cowboy thing entertaining but not sure the judges will go for it!

makingdoo Wed 06-Mar-13 19:55:58

Just catching this.

Loved the idea of the cowboy thing but agree it would've really difficult to serve as a banquet.

The titanic is not appropriate as a comic relief theme

Raahh Wed 06-Mar-13 20:03:56

It felt like he just stuck 'Titanic' at the beginning for no reason- the centenary was last year, and what has venison got to do with it? And i agree, inappropriate, and not funny.

makingdoo Wed 06-Mar-13 20:27:01

Yes raahh it just didn't make sense to me.

Looking forward to dessert tomorrow grin

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 06-Mar-13 20:40:15

Raw egg yolk? I agree: yuk!

Had high hopes for NI but not really living up to it.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 06-Mar-13 21:27:31

The pie was the best of a bad bunch today.

What's funny about the Titanic??? Yeah, loads of people dying, hilarious hmm

The lamb dish was tame.

I was bemused at the Titanic being Comic Relief-worthy too. If he wanted to send the venison to the table in a 'themed' smoker, I am sure there are other smoky things he could have chosen - a steam train or a mini barbecue, for example.

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:34:46

i love how they show Glynn at the beginning with a big scowl- but he has such a wicked smile.

At least Chris has ditched the daft props for his pudding.

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:40:30

there's an awful lot of bickering going on again.

Chris and his precious sponge is pissing me off- that and messingwith other people's ovens.

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:48:23

Oh dear- that's one pathetic eruptiongrin

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:51:26

I do like the idea of the egg thing.

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:53:27

PLEASE let it be Ian and one of the oter's tomorrow- not Chris and Ray (though on the performance tonight, C+R are not a shoo in)

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:59:04

wtf? got to be Ian over Ray, surely...

NO WAY Ian was far better (and more mature)all week

Maybe Glynn hopes they'll kill each othergrin

MsNobodyAgain Thu 07-Mar-13 20:46:01

Damn it. Never got chance to watch tonight but I can see it was the result I did not want.

Mind you, we might get a MN bun-fight style final grin

Ruprekt Thu 07-Mar-13 22:33:06

Ian's cooking was faaaaaaar better than the others!

I knew Glynn was going to put Chris through. Scruffy greasyspoon cook!

So far none of the chefs through were my choice. confusedconfusedconfused

ThePavlovianCat Fri 08-Mar-13 07:45:32

Just caught up with last night's episode. All the puddings were crap! I can't think of a single dish this week that is worthy of getting to the banquet (and from the previews of tonight's episode it looks like Matthew and Oliver aren't too impressed either!)

MsNobodyAgain Fri 08-Mar-13 10:16:32

Just caught up too. I have had more powerful sharts than that pathetic 'eruption'.

All the desserts were boring though. Disappointing week this week.

I can't wait to see the judges faces if Ray sticks with the Titanic smoker.

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:35:42

I see Oliver agrees that the Titanic think is not funny, or appropriate.
I still do not see how Ian didn't get through over either of these. I don't want either to win- Ray is a miserable git, and Chris is grubby.

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:41:34

if voice over woman says 'experienced chef' one more time....

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:49:48

oh- here comes the titanic.

Ray really doesn't actually have a sense of humour.

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:51:42

I think this may be close- Chris's pudding was a bit crap.

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:52:19

and those brown bits look like the 'poo' the other week.

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 19:54:09

Actually- both the puddings were crap.

WTF was Glynn thinking yesterday?

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 20:00:45

oh well. Ray. hmm

Why didn't they tell Raymond that the Titanic smoker was not at all funny, and the venison was over smoked?

Raahh Fri 08-Mar-13 20:21:13

I don't know- usually they give feedback so that they can change a course at the next stage. That said, it doesn't stand a chance of getting to the banquet.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 08-Mar-13 20:22:18

If Chris hadn't have messed up his soup, he would have won. I am still shaking my head about the Titanic smoker and the 'volcano'

akaemmafrost Fri 08-Mar-13 23:33:48

I love Glynn, he is my fave ever tv chef.

I thought ALL food this week was awful.

Titanic, outrageously bad taste in more ways than one.

Central next week, I am a midlands girl so it's always my favourite.

Oodsigma Sat 09-Mar-13 18:37:24

Just caught up, not impressed with results, thought Chris was better than Ray. Thought Ian was better than all. Not sure the format is wiring as well this time.

Raahh Mon 11-Mar-13 19:38:57

OMG- now,I'll be the first to admit I don't get the fawning over Marcus Wareing, (so any excuse to have a go at him is good) - and I am very much a beard woman- but WTF IS ON HIS FACEgrin

Raahh Mon 11-Mar-13 19:39:56

In fact, he looks as greasy Chrisshock

MsNobodyAgain Mon 11-Mar-13 19:41:07

I was shocked when I saw him. Not a good look.

I am surprised that one of the chefs is doing fish in the starter when there is a fish course to follow.

Raahh Mon 11-Mar-13 19:50:10

But some of the fish courses have had more meat in them than fish, MsNo- maybe he's doing that!

Marcus looks like the dog that won Crufts but not as cutegrin

MsNobodyAgain Mon 11-Mar-13 20:01:08

True, on both counts smile

Not very inspiring tonight. The only one I would eat would be the fish one. Hope tomorrow is better. This brief is really getting on my wick.

Badgerwife Mon 11-Mar-13 20:07:41

more inspiring than last week though surely! I don't particularly like Marcus Wareing, he tends to come across as quite rude and no sense of humour (purely based on watching a Masterchef episode) but I thought he was really fair in his score.

I'm still reeling from the fact that that obnoxious guy Ray with his awful awful Titanic dish got through last week when the other guy was so much better (and less of an arsehole).

Oodsigma Mon 11-Mar-13 20:09:41

I'd like the goats cheese one. But think this week could be close. And Marcus wearing could go either way.0

Bilbobagginstummy Mon 11-Mar-13 20:16:14

Marcus Wareing get your hair cut! And washed!

Raahh Mon 11-Mar-13 20:52:24

Badgers- definitely better than last week. And the bizarre Titanic fiascogrin

Oodsigma Mon 11-Mar-13 20:54:04

Has anyone we liked got through ?

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 18:28:21

That is a good question Ood. I think we've all more or less moaned about every single result.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 18:35:16

MsNo <snort>
grin - we have indeed. I think we may have been relieved that Aideen finally got through on his 4th attempt.

There have been no stand out dishes - except maybe for the wrong reasons- like Titanic.

But,as we've said over and over- I think this year's brief is rubbish,and has totally flummoxed some of them. So,it's either funny,or edible. The two don't seem to mixgrin

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 18:35:53

Aiden obviouslyblush

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:28:06

Aideen sounds like it should be on a baby name thread. grin

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:34:50

I imagine Aideen to be second cousin to Our Avaline, in 'Bread'grin

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:36:51


Will is missing the brief. He's almost as humourless as Marcus and that is saying something.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:40:00


yup, stick a cherry tomato on there- instant red nose.

The should have gone with my pollock/bollock/mohican idea.

And CR is this Friday, wouldn't you have thought the series should be finished by then - when's the final?

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:44:32

Don't know when the final is but Google tells me we still have the Wales stint to go next week.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:45:36

of course- for some reason, I thought they'd done Wales already.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:48:52

Hard work for a potato basket. I'd have given up by now.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:50:02

Was it potato? when it was raw, I was a tad worried it was tripe!

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:54:15

Blimey, it's all a bit dull.

And more tomato noses. Be still my aching sides.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:54:23

A small tomato does not a red nose make! Bollocks.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:55:28

This lot are really not funny.

I have high hopes for the Welsh.

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:55:33

x-post grin

That tongue in cheek dish was a bit grim as well. Raw tongue. No thanks.

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 19:56:17

There was hardly bloody anything on the plate! That's why it was empty!

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 19:59:33

Good score but could he produce 100 of those potato baskets if he gets through? I thought Will was overscored. BORING!

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 20:00:06

A 10? I must have missed something...

Or is that the bit that's funny?

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 20:01:42

He doesn't stand a chance of producing the baskets.

Tomorrow might be better? (hopeful)

MsNobodyAgain Tue 12-Mar-13 20:03:19

<loses will to live>

<shoots self>

Raahh Tue 12-Mar-13 20:04:47


MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:32:58

The Pope needs to get a wriggle on. He's delaying my usual tv viewing.


Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:34:49

I know ! Messes up my series link, this pope business!

Do you think mn will give us a red nose emoticon for Friday? A red blob can't be that tricky for tech, surely?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:35:59

grin I wouldn't count on it Raahh. Tech is overloaded as it is.

Have you noticed they are showing 2 episodes tonight?

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:38:59

Are they??
Actually that makes sense, since probably won't be on on Friday.

Another tongue in cheek dish...

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:41:07

Another chicken 'joke'

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:41:59

bladder? did he say BLADDER?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:42:17

Bladder on a plate. Yummy!

envy <- sick face

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:43:08

Yep, a great big bladder which I think he sprays red. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:47:59


Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:49:27

Marcus has really let himself go. He is no longer head chef at some michelin starred gaff?

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:50:21

meant to say 'is he' ... not' he is ' in yoda fashion!

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:54:33

tooth brush?

that's funny,how?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 19:55:18

Google says he's at the Berkley (no idea what or where that is).

That toothbrush idea was just stupid. And the bladder is making me queasy.

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:55:32

Euch- looks like a big bloody mess <literally>

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 19:56:31

Marcus is smiling.Blow me down.

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 20:02:05

Will really isn't getting it,is he?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 20:03:06

He's going dahhhhhhhhhhhn.

Raahh Wed 13-Mar-13 20:07:23

See, this is the point at which i should be catching up with 'Doctors'. But that involves finding the remote.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 13-Mar-13 20:10:29

I'm not watching this one. I hate desserts. Will ffwd once recorded to find out who gets through.

Doctors is worth watching just to see Mrs T looking lovely!

Oodsigma Wed 13-Mar-13 21:19:41

Caught up on mains now. I liked the bladder one ( not that I'd be eating there anyway as a veggie! --and not a celeb--)

Major lack of humour amoungst Chefs though isn't there!

ThePavlovianCat Thu 14-Mar-13 09:15:11

Am I alone in quite liking Marcus Wareing?

Raahh Thu 14-Mar-13 09:23:21

ThePavlovianCat - I went off him in one of the very early series, when he was competing. He came across(to me anyway) as very arrogant, and clearly thought he was far better than the others. When he was given a low mark for one of his dishes he was very sulky about it.

The new scruffy look does seem to have mellowed him a little, he used to be very harsh. He's being very free with the '10's' this yeargrin

Raahh Thu 14-Mar-13 09:25:59

Their ideas of what constitutes humour are strange Ood- a toothbrush,ffs!

Oodsigma Thu 14-Mar-13 09:37:20

MW does seem better this week than usual, he's usually really narky & unreasonable.

Raahh Thu 14-Mar-13 19:45:30

I like Jim Moir- and he's being very blunt.

I like the look of the fish dish with the potato thing- but doing that for loads of people. Not sure. It's making me hungry for a good piece of fish.

Raahh Thu 14-Mar-13 19:55:48

i would HATE the balloon one. I jump a million feet when someone pops a balloon. hate it. Don't care how nice the pudding is.

Raahh Thu 14-Mar-13 19:59:51

sad Richard was gutted. 'It's been my whole life for four months' awww. All that time spent perfecting red bladders.grin

Oodsigma Thu 14-Mar-13 22:23:33

sad at Richard but at least I liked Daniels food not like any of the other weeks when people were robbed

MsNobodyAgain Fri 15-Mar-13 17:55:59

A good result. Daniel deserved to win. Poor Richard though. It was nice to see 2 chefs get on so well, no back biting.

Those potato baskets are going to be a worry if he does get through to the banquet though.

Raahh Fri 15-Mar-13 18:43:01

The potato baskets will indeed be a nightmare.

Putting the judging on last night has confusedme. (I'm easily confused). I was sat here waiting for tonight's episode...then realised it wouldn't be onsad and I should maybe interact with my children

MsNobodyAgain Fri 15-Mar-13 18:50:40

There is no need for such desperate measures shock

I came upstairs to watch OFAH which I record, only to find out it wasn't on today. Damn!

Raahh Fri 15-Mar-13 19:25:15

You record OFAH!shock

I'm now watching Jessie J about to have her hair shaved off. I am hoping they slip and decapitate her

Oodsigma Fri 15-Mar-13 19:35:14

Is there a comic relief thread Raah? --or have I hidden it?

We've actually laughed twice tonight shock

MsNobodyAgain Fri 15-Mar-13 19:47:40

Yes, I am that sad. Not sad enough to watch Comic Relief though grin

Raahh Fri 15-Mar-13 19:54:14

Couldn't see a CR thread- apart from one slating it in aibu.

The Call the Midwife thing was very funny. Much better than the Cowell wedding sketch, which was ott.

Miss Piggy is on now!

MsNobodyAgain Fri 15-Mar-13 19:58:38

I am going to have to raid the dvd cupboard. Desperate.

Oodsigma Fri 15-Mar-13 19:59:43

Knew too few people in Cowell sketch, CTM was funny. Found a thread but having trouble with my bookmarkssking it hard to follow.

ThePavlovianCat Mon 18-Mar-13 12:19:08

Final week of the regional rounds. I really hope there are some inspiring/inspired dishes this week!

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 14:24:15

Is it Wales this week? I usually like the Welsh week.

Still seems odd this being on when RND was last Friday.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 16:58:46

It says Wales starter on the on-line TV guide.

ThePavlovianCat Mon 18-Mar-13 19:57:54

The woman chef is really bugging me.

Ruffello Mon 18-Mar-13 20:02:41

Had she never seen GBM before? Where was the humour, presentation and culinary skills? She seemed totally out of place.

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:11:14

Just catching up with this- luke is19????

Woman chef- really annoying.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:11:20

She also looks like she needs a good wash. Yuk!

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:12:03

x-post. Just started watching also.

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:14:41

Doesn't she? Is the thing this year for chef's to be grubby? It's been a recurring theme....grin

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:16:38

ds's godfather did a junior masterchef thing when he was young. He looked a lot like Luke.

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:19:35

I feel ANCIENT watching Luke.

If the woman gets through, I'll eat my scabby slippers.

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:23:48

If I had slippers, i'd join you.

'Self taught' Mary-anne.

Please, do not let her get through!

Oodsigma Mon 18-Mar-13 20:24:23

Can we only have one through this week?

Though the way this thread is going it'll be the woman!

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:25:48

She's very patronising.

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:26:07

Nooooo- Ood- she is rubbish

Very disappointed in the Welsh mob,so far sad

Oodsigma Mon 18-Mar-13 20:28:12

But everyone we like doesn't get through sad

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:30:56

I want chicken now, but not with apple. Bleurgh!

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:31:45

Ood true.

There must be better chefs in Wales -surely they are not the best of the bunch?

MsNobodyAgain Mon 18-Mar-13 20:32:35

Lukes looks like a tin of cat food.

Raahh Mon 18-Mar-13 20:33:40

None of it is funny.

Not a fake tomato/nose in sight.grin

His scores were really harsh-but not surprised.

Oodsigma Mon 18-Mar-13 23:19:52

Usually there's that Steven somebody who was on James Martins hospital food thing the other week, maybe he didn't enter this year?

Bilbobagginstummy Tue 19-Mar-13 07:38:03

They must have been short of Welsh entrants!

Good grief.

ThePavlovianCat Tue 19-Mar-13 08:25:48

Given that this year's brief has been poorly interpreted by the chefs, what brief would you give them next year to get the show back on track?

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 09:42:37

I read that the restaurant James Sommerin (sp) worked in was recently forced to close, due to the recession i suppose. That maybe why he isn't competing. There are very few Michelin starred restaurants in Wales, think his was one of them.

And what happened to Bryn Williams?

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 09:46:44

Steven Terry! He would have fit in really well- he was usually a bit scruffy. grin and a bad loser.

This week's lot seem a bit amateur (though I'm sure they aren't). It's like masterchef- from the days when Lloyd grossman used to do it on a Sunday afternoon.

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 09:50:15

Oh, Pavlovian- good question. I think it needs to be about the food, and not endless gimmicks. It would be good to see it aimed at children, too, I think- creating food that a 5 year old will eat without complaining- that's a tough briefgrin.

Can't think of any big events they could link to next year- the world cup??

MsNobodyAgain Tue 19-Mar-13 10:24:48

Racing? Cheltenham or Ascot.

Or a dinner for critics and top chefs. No gimmicky stuff.

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 10:43:18

No horse meat though, MrsN

They did it for 'local hero' charity types the other year- I liked that idea- who gets to go to the RND banquet anyway? Recipients of the charity, or a bunch off over-paid comedians? (and Lenny Henrygrin)

ThePavlovianCat Tue 19-Mar-13 11:14:55

Ooooh I like the idea of a banquet for children, maybe Great Ormond Street or something. Someone on another thread here mentioned how good Manoir aux quat'saisons are at making special dishes for children. It would be really interesting seeing the chefs provide high quality food but aimed at kids.

I'll have to go over to Digital Spy and mention this! I mentioned on a thread there last year that whoever hosts the banquet should also judge the food each week and low and behold this year they have the fourth judge.
<Totally going to take credit even though it's clearly just a coincidence>

Btw do we know who the guest judge is this week?

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 14:38:09

Pavlovian- I have now spent half an hour reading the DS thread- at least we are not alone in finding the chefs humourless, and the brief- crapgrin

MsNobodyAgain Tue 19-Mar-13 17:28:07

The DS contributors scare me. I read but don't comment.

Oodsigma Tue 19-Mar-13 17:40:05

I'm like that with AIBU blush

MsNobodyAgain Tue 19-Mar-13 17:57:32

Now that is a proper scary place but fun to read

JulesJules Tue 19-Mar-13 19:14:20

Lovely Richard from last week must be watching Wales week and thinking WTF. He would have strolled through against this lot.

ThePavlovianCat Tue 19-Mar-13 19:41:11

Mary-Ann feels very threatened by young Luke doesn't she? She is going to be very annoying this week. Is she generally a well regarded chef?

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 19:42:50

I am really not enjoying this week- and it's only day 2. Mary Ann is just awful

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 19:43:34

'young gun' and 'experienced'- voice over woman is in her element this week!grin

I honestly couldn't eat a thing Mary-Anne's touched, she looks like she hasn't washed for weeks. Did no one tell her this was on tv?

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 20:03:10

Poor Luke looked scared of Mary Ann- bet he really wanted to tell her to fuck off, but has been brought up better, and it would be like swearing at his gran.

Raahh Tue 19-Mar-13 20:07:53

Clearly Richard is going to win. Hopefully. He's another who has (apparently- don't remember him) been on a few times before, and hasn't won. I have no idea what the other 2 are doing there- and can't see how Mary-Ann was marked higher than Luke(hers looked a mess).

MsNobodyAgain Tue 19-Mar-13 21:08:49

Mary-Anne, cringe. It is like having your granny getting drunk at a wedding.

'Young Gun' Luke. Wtf was that milkshake about.

Richards was the best but voiceover woman was stretching a bit saying he was serving on a 'comedy red plate'.

It is the worst week so far.

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 20-Mar-13 12:55:41

I think it would be fun to see a brief where the "main ingredient" of each course is set, and chefs have to make up a menu of dishes around it.

So, say, mushroom starter, salmon fish course, beef main, strawberry pudding.

Make them think but bring the focus back to the actual food.

ThePavlovianCat Wed 20-Mar-13 14:59:07

I'd like them to have a brief where every course is vegetarian. There always seems to be a lack of vegetarian dishes on GBM.

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:36:18

Can I be bothered with today? Greasy Mary-Ann is really putting me off. Do you think her 'restaurant' is actually a greasy spoon on Barry Island?

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:39:04

So far -Mary-Ann's mince looks grey.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 19:45:04

Her kitchen looked gross.

I can't see cottage pie going through.

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:46:16

No- cottage pie stands no chance thankfully

MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 19:46:58

I want a piggy plate envy

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:50:16

the piggy plate is great. he's surely won?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 19:52:53

Well Mary Anns greasy pie won't win.


Young gun Luke is not having a good week.

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:53:42

'young gun' SHUT UP!

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:54:09

(not you,obvsgrin)

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:55:05

Can they just send one through to the judges this week?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 19:55:40


MsNobodyAgain Wed 20-Mar-13 19:56:26

He didn't like the piggy plate!!!

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Wed 20-Mar-13 19:56:46

Not sure about Luke. Surely he must be being bankrolled by his parents?

As for Mary's kitchen, I wonder when she last had a visit from Environmental Health? It looks grim.

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 19:57:23

The piggy plate was the only funny thing there!

Coconutty Wed 20-Mar-13 19:58:36

EEk awkward. I think she was crying.

Raahh Wed 20-Mar-13 20:00:04

i am starting to think this week is unfair- how can Luke compete with experienced Michelin starred chefs (if he gets that far)- and where did they find Mary Ann. Richard has to win. It is all very odd- and none of the food has looked edible.

Oodsigma Wed 20-Mar-13 20:35:56

Have you read Luke's bio? His experience has to be bank rolled as he's not near the standard of other young chefs that have been on here.
Slightly prefer Mary Ann to him very slightly but only because she seems to realise she isn't good enough.

BartletForTeamGB Thu 21-Mar-13 10:33:37

Gosh, you're not joking that it is boring this week. Just caught up while feeding DD.

Luke is a child and Mary Ann (both herself and her kitchen) needs a good bath. Richard annoys me but is the best of a bad lot. Completely missing the Comic Relief brief though. Can't see any of them being any serious competition next week.

BartletForTeamGB Thu 21-Mar-13 10:33:57

"witty pastry horns"

"comedy red plate"


Mary-Ann is annoying me. And if the announcer says 'Young Gun Luke' just one more time, I may have to find my own young gun and run amok with it.

I may be a bit churlish and mean, but I do wonder how it is that Luke is a Head Chef at his age. Judging by the food he is putting out for the competition, he thinks he is an amazing chef but actually doesn't understand enough about what goes together, and taste and flavour, and how to put together a delicious plate of food, rather than a conglomeration of complicated techniques and over-ambitious food - as if the more he throws at the plate, the better the dish will be. As Mary Ann said, less is more.

Richard has to win this week, or I will be Very Cross Indeed.

bonzoed Thu 21-Mar-13 12:02:15

I notice that Luke has a cook book coming out this year!?!

I would love to know who his parents are.

Oodsigma Thu 21-Mar-13 12:05:27

He's certainly got a good promotional team!

Raahh Thu 21-Mar-13 12:15:22

I keep thinking Luke won his place on the show in a Wales-only 'so you think you can cook' type show. Due to the lack of interest/unavailability of any 'proper' Welsh chefs. Or he's Oliver's nephewgrin

MsNobodyAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 12:20:32

His Twitter page is awful. Pic of him looking like something out of 'Bros' and he retweets nearly every comment about GBM.

Shouldn't he be too busy running his kitchen? hmm

bonzoed Thu 21-Mar-13 12:25:31

I read a comment of his where he said that he had been inspired by Jamie who when he came on the scene was so refreshing because he wasn't about x grams of something, more just chucking things in. I find it literally incredible that a 3 year old watched the Naked Chef and thought that.


bonzoed Thu 21-Mar-13 12:27:27

And on his Twitter page his location is Chester - London - Berkshire. Not Wales?

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Thu 21-Mar-13 14:23:29

The hotel, Sanctum on the Green, is owned by Andy Taylor. He manages Iron Maiden.

There's going to be a documentary on BBC3 about Luke apparently. I think I'll be descaling the cat whilst that's on.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Thu 21-Mar-13 14:27:01

Here's another thing. If Luke claims to have worked at several of the world's best restaurants how long did he work at each of them? Not too long methinks.

Oodsigma Thu 21-Mar-13 14:28:04

A lot are logged as work experience which will be a couple of weeks each

MsNobodyAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 19:38:47

Richard is being cocky.

ThePavlovianCat Thu 21-Mar-13 19:42:18

Anyone else feeling sorry for Luke today? They all seem to be bitching at him. If he's not good enough to be there then the programme makers shouldn't have put him through.

Oodsigma Thu 21-Mar-13 19:42:49

Can we choose no one this week?

MsNobodyAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 19:44:26

I do feel sorry for Luke a bit. But then voiceover lady said 'school boy error' and that made me grin

MsNobodyAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 19:45:27

I think that's the best looking dish Mary Ann has put up.

ThePavlovianCat Thu 21-Mar-13 19:53:03

Oh I really want to try Richard's pudding

Oodsigma Thu 21-Mar-13 19:53:58

I'd like to see a Lenny Henry with the red nose plates

MsNobodyAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 19:57:29

Let's face it, it's a one horse race tomorrow.

Raahh Thu 21-Mar-13 20:52:14

I haven't had chance to watch (and the pudding course is my least favourite every week)- going off the comments, and the rest of the week, it's got to be Richard who wins.

I hope Mary Ann washes before she meets the mighty Prue

BartletForTeamGB Fri 22-Mar-13 14:03:22

Just watching the pudding course now. While Luke and his hair annoys me, he does have lovely clear skin for a 19 year old!

MsNobodyAgain Fri 22-Mar-13 19:46:12

Mary Annes food is going down well but this brief business is stuffing them both up.

It's nice to see she tarted herself up and whisked a flannel over for the judges.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 22-Mar-13 19:55:49

Richard has got a right cob on. Idiot.

Oodsigma Fri 22-Mar-13 20:01:30

Thought it was interesting that they like her food despite the feedback being all about her presentation during the week.

Raahh Fri 22-Mar-13 20:40:17

I missed this, due to the sink blocking/washing machine flooding my kitchen. it's karma, for being horrible about Mary-Ann all weeksad

Raahh Fri 22-Mar-13 22:06:34

Caught up- mary ann was so upsetsad

Right result,I think.

Trifle Fri 22-Mar-13 22:17:18

Why have a plate with Lenny Henry on it, I thought it was supposed to be about comic relief.

Wish they would stop the close ups of Mary Anne.

Bilbobagginstummy Fri 22-Mar-13 23:50:49

Richard was so scared of being beaten by Mary Ann!

What a week! And not in a good way.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Sat 23-Mar-13 12:09:04

I can't believe everyone has been horrible about Mary-Ann. I though she was terrific! The restaurant business is notoriously tough so to manage 40 years as a self-taught chef is a massive achievement. I also thought her food looked amazing and her lack of ego was utterly refreshing.

Coconutty Sat 23-Mar-13 13:48:33

I didn't like the look of Mary's food at all.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Sat 23-Mar-13 14:01:33


Idontknowhowtohelpher Sat 23-Mar-13 14:32:22

I wasn't always keen on the appearance of Mary-Ann's food - and it certainly wasn't funny! - but what kept coming through from the judges was that it tasted very good indeed.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Sat 23-Mar-13 14:37:10

I thought it wasn't radically different from what other chefs produce. It's interesting to read what people have said about her on here. It's a shame that an older woman with a brilliant career behind her has produced so many negative comments.

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 23-Mar-13 17:05:52

He restaurant looks nice - but it's not the sort of food that Great British Menu "does", so she looked out of place.

Ruprekt Sun 24-Mar-13 21:55:29

There is no way that I would have even tasted Marys food.

She looked dirty and unwashed!

Coconutty Sun 24-Mar-13 22:17:07

It doesn't matter how old you are, you can still wash your hair every once in a while.

Raahh Mon 25-Mar-13 15:46:54

Exactly- Coco- Northern Ireland Chris was male and young - but his scruffy, greasy appearance put me off the things he made.

So- is this week the semi-finals or something?

JulesJules Mon 25-Mar-13 16:59:52

This week is the finals, with the banquet at the end of the week

See here

I'm not sure I like the sound of the extra "twists" they have planned... hmm

Raahh Mon 25-Mar-13 17:35:00


oh blimey!

Oodsigma Mon 25-Mar-13 19:11:26

Who else is watching?

Raahh Mon 25-Mar-13 19:25:51

did it start early? is it an hour. Can't watch live, will have to catch up later.

Oodsigma Mon 25-Mar-13 19:44:02

It's an hour.

ThePavlovianCat Mon 25-Mar-13 20:07:36

I was a bit surprised at the final three. I thought the frogs' legs and why did the chicken cross the road? dishes should have been in the top three with the tomato dish. It's going to be an interesting banquet!

Oodsigma Mon 25-Mar-13 21:03:53

Y didn't like the Irish bloke and thought the judges view on funny was inconsistent

Bilbobagginstummy Tue 26-Mar-13 16:46:25

I thought Tom's dish looked the nicest - though what is it with serving chicken and pork pink? I would send it back as being undercooked!

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 19:07:35

I'm trying to remember the fish dishes. I can't remember anything that stood out...

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 19:10:44

ahhh, Richard with the red plates....

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 19:14:58

the chefs aren't really marking each other fairly, are they?grin

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 19:30:19

ok-so 'The Codfather' is really just all about the props.

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 19:46:45

I did like the catch of the dayone- but still think the potato basket for 100 people is a big ask.

Oodsigma Tue 26-Mar-13 19:58:39

I want to try the basket.

Raahh Tue 26-Mar-13 20:13:23

it looked really impressive. Am glad strange peter is being knocked down a bit- he was too smug in the regional bits.

Oodsigma Tue 26-Mar-13 20:16:03

I'm happy with those 4. Thought Aidan was going to be #4 everytime so happy for him.

Dd2 isn't coping with the changing rules. She's chuntering about the ninth chef.

Oodsigma Tue 26-Mar-13 20:16:50

Only chef from the heats I can imagine it being is the guy with the bladder

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 27-Mar-13 10:54:37

There are some serious egos in that kitchen. I find Daniel fascinating. He is so confident yet was shaking like a leaf when he plated up. I loved how the other chefs thought it was hilarious.

I feel a bit sorry for Raymond. He's a great chef but the others don't think he should be in the final.

Raahh Wed 27-Mar-13 11:02:31

I agree about Ray- can't wait to see what the other chefs make of his Titanic. Hopefully, he will have changed it. It made no sense, on any level-wasn't funny, was 12 months too late to be topical and above all a bit of a morbid thing to make fun of.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 27-Mar-13 11:04:47

I forgot about the Titanic shock

If he hasn't changed it they'll completely crucify him!

Oodsigma Wed 27-Mar-13 11:39:37

Oh that could be good. He seemed quite apart from the group though, the others were laughing & joking with each other but he just looked pissed off.

Was surprised at Daniels 10 from the chefs though, if its an average that means the majority ( if not all) were 10. He had sorted his baskets though and was much more organised.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 27-Mar-13 12:00:20

All the chefs must've given Daniel a 10. I don't think that's because it was the best dish (Tom's was better) but rather that Daniel is the strongest character and thinks he's the best and they've all bought into it. The reverse is true with Raymond. He may usually be confident but looks uncomfortable, hence them giving him twos. Daniel doesn't rate him and isn't afraid to say so and they're following his lead.

There's a possibility I'm overthinking this grin

Oodsigma Wed 27-Mar-13 12:26:16

I liked the Codfather best just because it actually made a stab at the brief.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Mar-13 18:49:07

If Ray sticks with that Titanic smoker thing I'll be astounded. Surely he can't, can he?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Mar-13 19:02:32

Oh god, the bladder is back shock

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Wed 27-Mar-13 19:07:07

Surely the bladder will be seen as an interloper who doesn't belong and the chefs will treat it accordingly?

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Mar-13 19:08:08

I can't see them judging it fairly to be honest.

ThePavlovianCat Wed 27-Mar-13 19:11:29

If they wanted a wildcard for the main they could have disguised their bias by having a wildcard for each course. This "twist" is silly.

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Mar-13 19:42:42

Ah, he's ditched the whole dish. Thank goodness.

The goat went down well.

Raahh Wed 27-Mar-13 19:43:42

ooh-I've missed the last 40 mins of this but have just turned on to find Ray has completely ditched his Titanic dishshock though probably wisegrin

Raahh Wed 27-Mar-13 19:44:05

xpost grin

MsNobodyAgain Wed 27-Mar-13 19:52:39

I'm predicting pig (makin' bacon), the kid dish, and the bladder.

Raahh Wed 27-Mar-13 19:56:27

Gah- my internet crash fecking virgin

It didn't really work, Ray's change didit?

Oodsigma Wed 27-Mar-13 20:42:26

Am caught up. Happy with today's. love the bladder but I think Micheals should go through ( unless they have his doughnuts on a washing line!)

ThePavlovianCat Thu 28-Mar-13 10:04:50

I think Michael's kid dish should be the one to get to the banquet. Can someone remind me about the puddings, I can only remember the dangling doughnuts.

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Mar-13 10:50:57

Sorry. I rarely watch the pudding courses as I don't eat them. The chefs never seem interested in winning that course either.

Oodsigma Thu 28-Mar-13 12:00:51

Sounds like there will be a twist in the final menu too. We wondered about an extra course or a combined course

Davros Thu 28-Mar-13 19:06:35

That looks yum and even fun!

Davros Thu 28-Mar-13 19:09:23

Maybe not then? Anyone?

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Mar-13 19:41:54

I would be watching if DS2 wasn't hogging my tv. Recording it though.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 28-Mar-13 20:08:56

Interesting final menu. I think it looks pretty spot on.

ThePavlovianCat Thu 28-Mar-13 20:10:25

For me it should have been Colin's starter and Daniel's fish course and just Richard's pudding so they only picked the main course correctly

It will be interesting to see which guests they have at the banquet. Do you think they had to pay to go with the money going to comic relief or is it a luvvie love-in?

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 28-Mar-13 20:13:45

I wasn't sure about Daniel's fish course.

MsNobodyAgain Thu 28-Mar-13 21:08:27

Kids have hogged the TVs and my tablet. What was the final menu please?

The only thing I have to myself is my bloody phone!

ThePavlovianCat Thu 28-Mar-13 21:34:00

Final menu was Tom's Chicken-Egg starter, Aiden's prawn cocktail that looked like a red nose, Michael's goat tajine and both Daniel's pineapple pudding and Richard's red nose on lenny henry plate pudding.

MsNobodyAgain Fri 29-Mar-13 07:57:17

Thank you.

Ruprekt Fri 29-Mar-13 08:38:49

Aiden looked shell shocked at his fish dish getting through!

OnceTom's chicken dish got through I knew the guinea fowl Wild Card would not win.

My final banquet would've been

Raymonds stout
Tom's scallops
Michael's goat
Richard's pud

So pleased for Richard smile. lovely modest guy.

smilesmile Delighted Peter did not get through. Talk about not reading the brief!!

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Fri 29-Mar-13 08:43:29

I'm pleased for Richard but I thought he was a bit rude to Mary Ann and Luke in the regionals.

I also thought Raymond's stout may get through. The other chefs really didn't rate and/or like him and you could see how that massively affected his confidence.

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 08:43:43

Was surprised at the 8sfor Peter though

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 08:48:09

Richard was better on the Friday than the other days. Whether that was attitude to Luke or that he relaxed more on the Friday.

Thought the camaraderie between the chefs was better this year. Peter & Raymond seemed a bit of outsiders but the others came across as matey. Didn't likeTom in previous shows but liked him this week.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Fri 29-Mar-13 08:54:33

Tom was a lot more relaxed than he's been in the past and was actually trying to have fun. The banter between the chefs was great. It must be a lonely life and getting together with other chefs who are at the height of their powers must be a great opportunity for them.
Peter and Raymond are new which is perhaps why they didn't gel with the rest of the group. Peter didn't seem to understand the brief and Raymond looked massively uncomfortable through the whole process. He's probably a massive fish in a small pond in NI so having to cook alongside chefs like Daniel Clifford and Ton Aitkin was probably a but unsettling.

JulesJules Fri 29-Mar-13 13:46:56

I agree with Ruprekt re the menu, but I'm happy for Daniel that his pud is included too.

Felt a bit sorry for Richard and his big red bladder - I think it must have been so unnerving, having all the other chefs watching him at the end, with waves of animosity coming off them!

Peter got the brief completely wrong - it was "Comic Relief", not "Nostalgia for my Nan's cooking"

foxache Fri 29-Mar-13 17:01:31

I watched this all the way through for weeks, can't believe I've only just found this thread! sad

It was a good result in the end, though I wanted Raymond's stout to go through. Great that they chose the two desserts.

All the chefs were a good bunch, I even liked Peter by the end.

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 19:19:12

Banquet, who's watching?

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:21:21

me- but missed first 10 minutes.

Why do they pick such stupid venues? The lift isn'tworking, the food will be cold by the time it gets served, Didn't they do similar last year??

MsNobodyAgain Fri 29-Mar-13 19:22:15

I am having to record again! Ds1 hogging living room tv. And other 2 dcs are in front of my bedroom tv. Grrrrrrrr.

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 19:23:18

I re started on I player so an a bit behind.

The street one was hard too

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:29:50

Oh heck- the balloons aren't quite working...

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:31:27

ooh- bunny earsgrin

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:32:31

Are the guests expecting funny?They will be a tad disappointed.

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:33:37

Where's Lenny Henry?grin

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:43:17

they are resorting to people dressed up as prawns to be funnygrin

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 19:43:54

Is that Kirsty Allsop behind Ruchard Curtis? She's a MNetter , wonder if she would come & tell us how good the food was

Horsemad Fri 29-Mar-13 19:44:00

Wouldn't make such good tv without the stresses such as non functioning balloons, faulty lift etc ! grin

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:46:08

Horse- I know, it's all a set upgrin

<waves at Kirstie>

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:47:47

oooh-he's getting narky

Horsemad Fri 29-Mar-13 19:48:39

Raahh I just said the same to DH!

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 19:49:38

Think they wanted to wind up Aidan?

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:49:58

nobody suits a fez.

Raahh Fri 29-Mar-13 19:54:21

How do they get the noses to stay on? i never can.

Horsemad Fri 29-Mar-13 19:58:47

So, where was Lenny Henry???

Oodsigma Fri 29-Mar-13 20:02:19

Like the plates with faces

JulesJules Sat 30-Mar-13 15:55:22

So nice to see them all getting on so well and working together after all that competitiveness.

I think they could have done with a lot more helpers, and wtf is it about these venues they always go for which appear to be completely unsuitable for the purpose?

I did wonder how much it was all costing, and where does that money come from - do the celebs pay to go?

Itsjustapuppet Sun 31-Mar-13 12:34:56

I actually lost a wee bit if respect for Tom. He was quite rude to the waiting staff.

Lizzabadger Mon 01-Apr-13 10:36:06

The rudeness was nothing - he once "branded" an underling with a red-hot kitchen implement. Vile.

Horsemad Mon 01-Apr-13 11:31:32

OMG angry I hope they pressed charges?

Lizzabadger Mon 01-Apr-13 12:18:40

He lost his job. It was in all the papers at the time.

Horsemad Mon 01-Apr-13 12:37:54

Good, what a vile person.

Oodsigma Mon 01-Apr-13 12:45:19


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