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Anyone watching the Heston Blumenthal/Little Chef thing?

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Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 21:51:23

It's hilarious. CEO of Little Chef (failing badly, shit food (allegedly)) telling the owner of the restaurant voted Best in the World that his food isn't radical enough. Fucking hell.

Sparkletastic Mon 19-Jan-09 21:53:21

Blue Sky Thinking - WANKER!!!!!

rookiemater Mon 19-Jan-09 21:53:26

Yes I'm watching it, wonder why they got HB in, doesn't seem like the right person to do it, would have thought it more Gordon Ramsays style.

Hassled Mon 19-Jan-09 21:53:27

The CEO is a fool and if he says "blue sky thinking" again I might lose it. He is wrong, wrong, wrong - people want basically what LC provide, just edible and served within a day.

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 21:53:52

Indeed. It's like a polite version of Kitchen Nightmares.

OneLieIn Mon 19-Jan-09 21:54:14

The CEO is an idiot.

Sparkletastic Mon 19-Jan-09 21:54:23

In clean premises with better furniture...

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 21:54:57

Well, yes - not sure LC is quite ready for HB - mind you, the only chance I'm likely to get to try HB food for some time to come, so I'd love it to work...

ruddynorah Mon 19-Jan-09 21:55:35

how radical does he want the food to be?!

rofl at the head chefs eating the hawaiian burger in total confusion.

Wonderstuff Mon 19-Jan-09 21:55:48

How did the CEO get the job? The bloke is such a knob! I personally think that Heston is an odd choice for Little chef tbh.

ThumbBurns Mon 19-Jan-09 21:56:41

this is v. funny. I personally believe the only reason they got HB in is as an advertising ploy - they want it to be super radical so that people think "oo, must go to Little Chef to see what that Heston is doing with the food"

So far, this is going pretty much exactly how I envisaged it - I am pmsl. (sorry, not meaning to sound smug, but me and DH have been discussing it for the last hour!)

Sparkletastic Mon 19-Jan-09 21:56:59

I'm sure I read a review of this branch a few weeks back and it has been successfully Heston-ed and it was a rave review - Guardian or Observer I think.

smurfgirl Mon 19-Jan-09 21:57:27

The CEO was SO rude to Heston, he just kept criticizing the cooking. Knob.

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 21:57:32

"My brain <points fingers> is Little-Chef-oriented, and has been for almost 30 years". Shoot me. Shoot me NOW.

DH has just pointed out that manager-man is Gareth from The Office.

rookiemater Mon 19-Jan-09 21:57:53

DH and I have sworn blind that we will never go into LC ever again since the unfortunate incident of the 2 for 1 voucher that wasn't valid in the LC we chose to go to. Everything on the menu was deep fried, DH ordered a chicken salad and the chicken arrived battered. Urrghh an unpleasant experience.

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 21:58:36

Ooh - the CEO is giving HB "licence to think out of the box". Bet he's thrilled!

Hassled Mon 19-Jan-09 21:58:43

And why were HB's chefs tasting the LC food? They must have 2 of the most refined palates in the world - hardly your average LC customer. Get a sales rep in.

ruddynorah Mon 19-Jan-09 21:59:13

lol at a kitchen with no blardy pans

let's get radical and cook with.....pans

Wonderstuff Mon 19-Jan-09 21:59:56

Blue sky thinking!! What on earth gives him the idea that little chef needs blue sky thinking!

MrsDoylesMole Mon 19-Jan-09 22:00:16

Poncy pretentious food in a truckers cafehmm
give me the chips anyday.

rookiemater Mon 19-Jan-09 22:00:35

Exactly hassled. I would imagine what LC needs is high quality burgers, shepherds pie, fish and chips with mushy peas. Basics well done with some vegetables.

noonki Mon 19-Jan-09 22:00:56

why didn't he ask the customers at the start and the cook at the beginning?

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 22:01:06

I am fond of HB, though - love his imagination, and he comes across as a nice chap.

Habbibu Mon 19-Jan-09 22:02:18

But the problem is that LC asked HB - they knew what kind of cooking he does - what's the point of getting him in if you don't want what sets him apart?

Sparkletastic Mon 19-Jan-09 22:02:39

I had previously assumed HB was a mad scientist - and he is but charming and humorous with it grin

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