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Old 05-02-2013, 19:57
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Don't think Mark has done anything outstanding.

I liked Tony's. You usually go out for a meal to have food cooked but for this type of thing I think it would suit.
If they're worried they could have a waiter for each table to overlook.


Stange about the last one with Mark not wanting to eat the egg. You'd think a fellow chef would give it a try.
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Old 05-02-2013, 20:30
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I love Tony Singh.
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Old 05-02-2013, 20:34
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I can't believe that no one from Scotland has got through to the banquet since the first series (Nick Nairn).

I'd like either Tony or Michael to win this week, Tony because he seems to have made a real effort to match the brief, or Michael because last time he competed he was quite unlucky imo not to get a dish on the final banquet, iirc he never came lower than fourth in the scores during the final week.
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Old 05-02-2013, 20:38
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I'd like either Tony or Michael to win this week, Tony because he seems to have made a real effort to match the brief, or Michael because last time he competed he was quite unlucky imo not to get a dish on the final banquet, iirc he never came lower than fourth in the scores during the final week.
Think Michael was last for his starter but top three for the other three courses. First time anyone has had three top three dishes, and he still never got one to the banquet!
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:16
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Think Michael was last for his starter but top three for the other three courses. First time anyone has had three top three dishes, and he still never got one to the banquet!
Looking back, I think you're right.

I think this week has been helped by the absence of Alan Murchison.

From some of the preview clips, it seems there are a few chefs returned who have competed in the past but skipped last years, like Tony and Michael this week.
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:23
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I like this programme, I've watched since the very start, but I do feel it's in dire need of a shake up in format and content. I for one would really prefer it if they judged all starters, then fish, etc. I hate it when a really outstanding dish doesn't get through because the chef's other dishes missed the mark. I can see no reason why this change couldn't happen or am I missing something?
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:24
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I love both Tony & Michael, you can tell they like each other and have a bit of banter.

It's a shame they only have one chef from Scotland i'd love to see them both go through.
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Old 05-02-2013, 21:34
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I love both Tony & Michael, you can tell they like each other and have a bit of banter.
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Yeah they're a great double act. Touch of a modern day Laurel & Hardy at times 😉
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:18
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SO DO I! I have often felt that he was being a bit discriminated against socre wise - not because of his ethniticity but because he can be playful and joke and doesn't take himself to seriously. There seems to be an overload of chefs who take themselves way to seriously.

Also, he actually makes food that I would eat and not pick through the black pudding, kidneys, liver, etc.

Go TONY!!! Loved the spam..and as for the rock - jeez - it is very very of the momment! actually a bit behind the momment it's been around for years!. mark saying he was worried the punts wouldn't cook the fish properly. Hey.... they will... they won't eat it practially raw like alot of the meat you all cook.. Hello!!!!

Okay - i admit I'm a philistine when it comes to some of the food these chefs charge a fortune for...
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:24
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I think the atmosphere this week has been much nicer with less nastiness between the chefs and I quite like the fact that Angela's marking is strict as long as she is fair. Michael is lovely and I hope he wins the week.
I used to work with Michael, incredibly easy going, lets his skills do the talking, hates being called 'chef'. Wish more were like him!
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:30
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I used to work with Michael, incredibly easy going, lets his skills do the talking, hates being called 'chef'. Wish more were like him!
That's lovely to hear as that is how he comes across on TV but not everyone turns out to be as nice as they seem!
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:34
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I've been working the last two days so I'm catching up on sky+ Looks like Michael is using Charles McLeod's Stornoway black pudding. (Related to me) is it any wonder I look like a pie with legs!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:36
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Yeah they're a great double act. Touch of a modern day Laurel & Hardy at times 😉
Or McLaurel and Hardeep!

Sorry, I'll get me coat.
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:14
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I grew up with Broons annuals too (and Oor Wullie), so I was tickled pink by Tony's Maw and the Mackerel. I really want to see that at the banquet.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:13
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Pleased Tony got an 8 for his dish, thought it was really good, disappointed for Michael as his looked good aswell, not too bothered by Mark, hope he doesn't make it to friday.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:35
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I grew up with Broons annuals too (and Oor Wullie), so I was tickled pink by Tony's Maw and the Mackerel. I really want to see that at the banquet.
Not sure where you live but if you can get the Sunday Post, Tony was actually IN the Broons strip last weekend and I think is in it again this weekend too. I have a picture of the first strip but don't think I can post it here?
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:38
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Or McLaurel and Hardeep!

Sorry, I'll get me coat.
😃😃 very good!
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:59
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Not sure where you live but if you can get the Sunday Post, Tony was actually IN the Broons strip last weekend and I think is in it again this weekend too. I have a picture of the first strip but don't think I can post it here?
The Sunday Post and The Broons were staples of my childhood growing up Really hope Tony makes the banquet (sorry Michael, you're lovely as well), just really like his take on the brief and he's completely adorable, plus his food really has made me smile (sorry other bloke, I'm sure you're a sweetheart as well )
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:53
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So judging by what I've read of this thread, I'm in the minority (possibly of one!) that feels that no-one so far has delivered on the brief. Terribly boring, most of it. I feel they should just give Heston a call and have done with it.

I'll get my coat!
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:57
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So judging by what I've read of this thread, I'm in the minority (possibly of one!) that feels that no-one so far has delivered on the brief. Terribly boring, most of it. I feel they should just give Heston a call and have done with it.

Yes, so far this series I just keep thinking Heston would wipe the floor with all of them, You just know his interpretations of the brief would be outstanding!
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:18
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The Sunday Post and The Broons were staples of my childhood growing up Really hope Tony makes the banquet (sorry Michael, you're lovely as well), just really like his take on the brief and he's completely adorable, plus his food really has made me smile (sorry other bloke, I'm sure you're a sweetheart as well )
I thought the red bubble wrap Pritt-sticked to the edge of his plate was hilarious - just possibly not in the way he inteneded

I take it that a chef assuming that the humour and fun is to be found in the restaurant-style presented food on the plate and not in the add-ons is going to be a weekly feature?

It looked like he had gone home and though, hum, might have missed a trick - what can I do to fun it up a bit. I know - where's that bubble wrap.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:28
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Could anyone give updates on the scores so far? I've not seen last nights and I'm not going to have chance to catch up tonight!

Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:30
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I don't think the Scots have done as well as I would have expected in Great British Menu and a couple of previous contestants have seemed to be very unlucky not to get a dish through. Tom Kitchin is one example. That said, I'm not terribly impressed so far: spam? fish you have to cook yourself at the table? Er...no, thanks; a horrible looking red egg - yes, I know it fits the brief and I do like Michael - he's a dish himself and quite charming - but it didn't look appetising. The marking seems quite harsh this week, though. What did Mark do to deserve a five? I can't remember his starter but I remember his face when the mark was delivered. He and Michael must have been surprised and disappointed at getting only a six for the fish as well. I was surprised Tony's wasn't a lower mark on account of not doing much work plus the hazard factor of chaos and possibly even accidents with the hot thing on the table.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:39
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Could anyone give updates on the scores so far? I've not seen last nights and I'm not going to have chance to catch up tonight!

Thanks!
I think they are as follows:

Michael: 7 and 6
Tony 5 and 8
Mark 5 and 6.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:22
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So judging by what I've read of this thread, I'm in the minority (possibly of one!) that feels that no-one so far has delivered on the brief. Terribly boring, most of it. I feel they should just give Heston a call and have done with it.

Yes, so far this series I just keep thinking Heston would wipe the floor with all of them, You just know his interpretations of the brief would be outstanding!
But unfortunately these guys only have a limited time to cook and prepare their dishes something Heston doesn't have to worry about on his show!
I'm sure if you give some of the chefs an entire day of preparation (and a highly skilled team of assistants) then they could easily compete with anything Heston could offer.
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