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Old 31-03-2013, 11:29
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I can only hope the chefs who worked so hard to get to the banquet - and especially those who succeeded and were clearly honoured and very proud - don't read the nasty comments some people post on this thread.

Personally, I say well done to them all - they've further highlighted Comic Relief, those who attended looked like they had a great night and it was good tv, and all for a great cause.

I did laugh at the chicken and egg dance, it was just light hearted fun and part of the tone of the event. I don't care if the 'drama' was real or not - it seemed real to me, the chef's reactions looked genuine - and why wouldn't Aiden be stroppy and quick tempered when he'd finally, after 4 years, got to the banquet only to think the main element to his dish might fail due to the logistics of the venue? I know I'd feel the same, so give the fella a break.

I'd rather my licence fee money went to something like this than stuff on BBC TV and radio that I don't watch or listen to, which is most of the output!

The only bit I didn't enjoy about the banquet was learning Michael had a wife - a gorgeous man who can cook and has a sense of humour, what a catch! And I'm single!!
Well said!
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Old 31-03-2013, 11:55
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Look after your key workers and they will work hard at making it a success and increase the benefits of funds raised.
Fair enough, but if they have to bribe them with fancy nosh to work hard then maybe they are in the wrong job

Or you could clue yourself in about some facts.

Was I the only one awake when they mentioned the bit about
Menu Relief in every single episode, by not just the chefs taking part, but hundreds of other restaurants around the country?

That was the fundraising bit, which wouldn't have been anything like as successful without the GBM TV series.

Menu relief raised a lot more than the GBM banquet cost to stage. Ergo, its a win for Comic Relief.

Seriously, get a grip people.
Yes I did hear about Menu relief, but my comment was about the irony of a charity formed to fight poverty and famine celebrating 25 years of doing this with a huge expensive freebie for all their comedian friends, (yes some comic relief people were there but the only people I saw were comics and token Africans (the guy with the sugar)), at no time did it say that any of them had paid to go, which was actually what my post was about, I was replying to someone who was convinced they paid top dollar to be there, maybe they contributed in other ways, but the BBC paid for this blowout, pure and simple.

Didn't mr. Curtis himself make a joke about the irony of it all?
So why do it, don't remember Oxfam celebrating their anniversaries with televised scoffathons.
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:01
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Fair enough, but if they have to bribe them with fancy nosh to work hard then maybe they are in the wrong job
You 'bribe' people by giving them something before they do the job, generally. if you give them something after they've done the job it's called 'a thankyou' and it's considered good manners. Complaining about somebody else's good fortune is considered not good manners.

I doubt very much if someone who runs a charity for underpriviliiged kids in the UK, or someone who runs ann organisation that improves irrigation and farming in poor parts of Africa is doing it thinking "You know, one day, if this goes well I might get invited to a banquet at the Royal Albert Hall where I will get a served chicken soup by a man dressed as an enormous egg".

They do it because they think they can make a difference. They do it because someone bloody well has to. The idea they have to be 'bribed' into doing is really, really insulting.

I can understand a bit of disdain at some of the hanger on celebs getting a free night out - I mean, what the heck was that radio DJ doing there? - but the people who actually do the work and help people getting a probably pretty rare posh night out and you're complaining about it? Have a word with yourself.
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:37
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You 'bribe' people by giving them something before they do the job, generally. if you give them something after they've done the job it's called 'a thankyou' and it's considered good manners. Complaining about somebody else's good fortune is considered not good manners.

I doubt very much if someone who runs a charity for underpriviliiged kids in the UK, or someone who runs ann organisation that improves irrigation and farming in poor parts of Africa is doing it thinking "You know, one day, if this goes well I might get invited to a banquet at the Royal Albert Hall where I will get a served chicken soup by a man dressed as an enormous egg".

They do it because they think they can make a difference. They do it because someone bloody well has to. The idea they have to be 'bribed' into doing is really, really insulting.

I can understand a bit of disdain at some of the hanger on celebs getting a free night out - I mean, what the heck was that radio DJ doing there? - but the people who actually do the work and help people getting a probably pretty rare posh night out and you're complaining about it? Have a word with yourself.
I was replying to a post actually, if you read it, and my previous posts you will see my beef was with the celebrity freeloaders and the incongruousness of a famine charity having a major pigout to tell themselves how great they are, I never mentioned the ordinary workers, the post I was replying to said that looking after key workers (by inviting them to the meal), would make them work harder, my comments about bribing them were meant to be tongue in cheek, hence the you obviously didn't get it so that's fine, but don't lecture me on manners when you post a diatribe against me based on a misunderstanding.

I have no problem with Comic Relief saying thank you to their workers, but that was not what I was originally commenting on.
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Old 31-03-2013, 18:32
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Wasn't that the year, if my memory serves me right, that they had to use local ingredients and local suppliers.
They couldn't (whilst cooking for the banquet) really nip around the corner to buy some fish. It had to be from their region.



Or maybe i'm wrong....
Wasn't that the year the ingredients had to be sourced locally?
I'm just imagining the conversation....

Sorry guys my cornish makerel hasn't arrived. The banquet is off!
or we could get some from Billingsgate. I'm sure the guests won't mind too much and the thought is still there. But hey, it's upto you.
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Old 31-03-2013, 18:41
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I'm just imagining the conversation....

Sorry guys my cornish makerel hasn't arrived. The banquet is off!
or we could get some from Billingsgate. I'm sure the guests won't mind too much and the thought is still there. But hey, it's upto you.
I think that year, the Irish guy Niall, who was doing the dessert, couldn't get strawberries from his local area supplier (due to bad weather) and had to get them from somewhere in England (Somerset I think)
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Old 31-03-2013, 20:08
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I'm just imagining the conversation....

Sorry guys my cornish makerel hasn't arrived. The banquet is off!
or we could get some from Billingsgate. I'm sure the guests won't mind too much and the thought is still there. But hey, it's upto you.
It is a bit silly isn't it. But that's the way the cookie crumbles, or should I say the mackerel swims, on GBM.

Next year the venue is on the roof of the Olympic Stadium and the chefs will have to use climbing gear to get all their stuff up.
Oliver succeeds in getting last minute help from Mountain Rescue to speed things up.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:22
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I can understand a bit of disdain at some of the hanger on celebs getting a free night out - I mean, what the heck was that radio DJ doing there? - but the people who actually do the work and help people getting a probably pretty rare posh night out and you're complaining about it? Have a word with yourself.
Well, that's what some of us are pointing out here. No one is denying the idea of serving a meal to the actual workers, that's what I would like to see. But judging from the shots we had, and counting celebs, judges, people related to the competition, partners... etc., what is the ratio?

I get the impression that they need to fill up those 100 places somehow and end up with just a bunch of random celebrities. It happened last year with the Olympics banquet. Counted two or three athletes, whilst he rest of the guests were celebrities who were not remotalessly related to sports whatsoever. Now this year I believe I saw Duncan Bunnytine, who I am aware that gives quite a lot to charity, has done a lot of work himself as well as taking part in comic relief... but the the remaining celebs? are they there to be thanked for what? for "making us laugh"?. ha ha ha. They are there to have their tummy and their ego fed.
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Old 01-04-2013, 19:32
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You 'bribe' people by giving them something before they do the job, generally. if you give them something after they've done the job it's called 'a thankyou' and it's considered good manners. Complaining about somebody else's good fortune is considered not good manners.

I doubt very much if someone who runs a charity for underpriviliiged kids in the UK, or someone who runs ann organisation that improves irrigation and farming in poor parts of Africa is doing it thinking "You know, one day, if this goes well I might get invited to a banquet at the Royal Albert Hall where I will get a served chicken soup by a man dressed as an enormous egg".

They do it because they think they can make a difference. They do it because someone bloody well has to. The idea they have to be 'bribed' into doing is really, really insulting.

I can understand a bit of disdain at some of the hanger on celebs getting a free night out - I mean, what the heck was that radio DJ doing there? - but the people who actually do the work and help people getting a probably pretty rare posh night out and you're complaining about it? Have a word with yourself.
I take it the radio one dj you are talking about is Greg James who was one of the celebs who rowed the Zambezi river & raised a lot of money for comic relief.

Missed great british menu tonight for all the poor judging and complaints you can find with the programme I still enjoy it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:35
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I don't know how many of you are on twitter, but the 5 finalists are absolutely hilarious on there. Michael and Daniel in particular appear to have built up quite the friendship. Also who couldn't love a photo of Michael with his new hair dressed in a shrimp outfit?

I have fallen totally in love with Daniel, Michael, Colin and Tom this series. I may have told them this on twitter. I may have said I wanted a Colin cuddle. Was slightly mortified when he retweeted it, until many many women told me they completely agreed haha

Also what I thought was interesting was a lot of chefs telling Chris Fearon how much they missed him in finals week and how it wasn't the same without him. He's obviously popular not just with the viewers but with the chefs too.

They're all being properly humble too. Everyone who has tweeted them about the show, they've come back and responded. It's lovely - running hectic busy restaurants over a busy time of year and still taking the time to comment to their fans.

Also from the looks of it, Peter has said he won't be back, and Daniel's also said twice is enough for him. Hope Daniel comes back as a regional judge.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:57
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Chris has also expressed a bit of displeasure at the edit of the show and said won't be doing it again
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:05
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I don't know how many of you are on twitter, but the 5 finalists are absolutely hilarious on there. Michael and Daniel in particular appear to have built up quite the friendship. Also who couldn't love a photo of Michael with his new hair dressed in a shrimp outfit?

I have fallen totally in love with Daniel, Michael, Colin and Tom this series. I may have told them this on twitter. I may have said I wanted a Colin cuddle. Was slightly mortified when he retweeted it, until many many women told me they completely agreed haha

Also what I thought was interesting was a lot of chefs telling Chris Fearon how much they missed him in finals week and how it wasn't the same without him. He's obviously popular not just with the viewers but with the chefs too.

They're all being properly humble too. Everyone who has tweeted them about the show, they've come back and responded. It's lovely - running hectic busy restaurants over a busy time of year and still taking the time to comment to their fans.

Also from the looks of it, Peter has said he won't be back, and Daniel's also said twice is enough for him. Hope Daniel comes back as a regional judge.
I had a look at GBM Twitter and saw you posting about Colin cuddles yesterday! I can't get my head around Twitter. I mean, I do it for marketing at work but it just confuses me. I'd rather a forum where you could post proper sentences.


It is sweet how the chefs have posted 'thanks' to every single person who has tweeted them. I wouldn't have the time or patience, which is why I don't tweet, I just snoop occasionally.

Wonder if any of them look at this thread? I know Danny Mountain did a few years back because he posted insults about us on Twitter. It's weird to think that the people we watch on TV might read what we say about them - but I know one of the girls appearing on Thelma's Gypsy Girls looked on here because she messaged me.

I think you have started started a new trend #colincuddle !
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:37
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I had a look at GBM Twitter and saw you posting about Colin cuddles yesterday! I can't get my head around Twitter. I mean, I do it for marketing at work but it just confuses me. I'd rather a forum where you could post proper sentences.


It is sweet how the chefs have posted 'thanks' to every single person who has tweeted them. I wouldn't have the time or patience, which is why I don't tweet, I just snoop occasionally.

Wonder if any of them look at this thread? I know Danny Mountain did a few years back because he posted insults about us on Twitter. It's weird to think that the people we watch on TV might read what we say about them - but I know one of the girls appearing on Thelma's Gypsy Girls looked on here because she messaged me.

I think you have started started a new trend #colincuddle !
Ah Johnny Mountain - if I remember rightly he called us a bunch of t***s - lol .

As I am a lazy person, if anyone could post the links to the various Twitter sites, it would be appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:20
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Ah Johnny Mountain - if I remember rightly he called us a bunch of t***s - lol .

As I am a lazy person, if anyone could post the links to the various Twitter sites, it would be appreciated.
And I've just annoyed him more by getting his name wrong.

No, seriously, I don't blame him for being frustrated. I can't imagine it's a nice experience reading stuff about yourself online.
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Old 02-04-2013, 14:23
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The 4 I can remember are:

Daniel - @midsummerchef
Michael - @KiltKuisine
Colin - @colinmcgurran
Tom - @tomaikens

They've all been tweeting each other so you'll be able to find them all from there.

Milmol - Chris said no more? Noo!

And yes. Bring on the #ColinCuddle
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Old 02-04-2013, 15:46
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The 4 I can remember are:

Daniel - @midsummerchef
Michael - @KiltKuisine
Colin - @colinmcgurran
Tom - @tomaikens

They've all been tweeting each other so you'll be able to find them all from there.

Milmol - Chris said no more? Noo!

And yes. Bring on the #ColinCuddle
Shame #MichaelCuddle doesn't have the same ring to it. That's my number 1 marketing rule - alliteration at all costs.
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Old 02-04-2013, 17:21
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Shame #MichaelCuddle doesn't have the same ring to it. That's my number 1 marketing rule - alliteration at all costs.
Hmmm. How to get it sounding like perfection. I'd quite happily cuddle Daniel and Chris F and Tom too.

A ChrisCuddle works. Hmm.
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Old 03-04-2013, 18:17
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Jason Atherton and Daniel Clifford are the chefs on this week's Saturday Kitchen
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Old 07-04-2013, 16:20
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Interesting Michael Smith interview here: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fe...-win-1-2881202
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Old 07-04-2013, 21:49
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Thanks for the link.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:50
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:21
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Hmmm. How to get it sounding like perfection. I'd quite happily cuddle Daniel and Chris F and Tom too.

A ChrisCuddle works. Hmm.
KiltKuddle?

I was up late working on my presentation for an upcoming job interview, and I think my brain has gone into overdrive thinking about branding. Either that, or it's telling me: relax and stop stressing or I'm going to fill your head full of random, useless cr@p and drive you to distraction.
Think I will listen to my brain. It's usually right.
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Old 11-04-2013, 14:16
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Luke Thomas is appearing in a BBC3 programme called 'Britain's Youngest Head Chef'. Next Wednesday April 17th 9:00PM.

At the tender age of 18, Luke Thomas is already Britain's youngest head chef, with an eponymous restaurant in a boutique hotel in the foodie home county of Royal Berkshire. He's got a taste for success and now he's reaching even higher - for cooking's ultimate prize, a coveted Michelin star.
This documentary follows Luke on his first seven months as a baby boss to see if, with so many problems and so little experience, he will ever catch his star
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s0zz2
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Old 11-04-2013, 16:08
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to see if, with so many problems and so little experience, he will ever catch his star
Man Alive. I feel I want to bash my face against the keyboard.
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Old 11-04-2013, 17:59
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Luke Thomas is appearing in a BBC3 programme called 'Britain's Youngest Head Chef'. Next Wednesday April 17th 9:00PM.





http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s0zz2

Think I may watch this. He's local to where I work - I knew it straight off from his accent.
I was pretty impressed seeing the place where he started off cooking as it's a top, top wedding venue. (It's next door to Michael Owen's mansion and is so dear that I don't know anybody who could afford to get married there.) He's also worked at the Grosvenor in Chester. You don't get jobs there without being naturally talented - especially not when there are two big, top-rated catering colleges nearby churning out trainees.
I'd like to know more about him as I don't think the GBM gave a fair portrayal of him. Yes he came across as rather earnest and keen to impress, but he did very well responding to all Mary Ann's sly digs and Jeremy's sarcasm. He seems very mature.

My sister trained as a chef, and when she was 18 (same age as Luke) she had the distinction of being the only person in her catering class who wasn't kicked out of Bryn Williams' kitchen when he did a master class in the college following series 1 of GBM. He threw them all out for being immature and undisciplined - except for her. ('You - stop acting like an idiot and get out. You - out of my kitchen! You - peel all those potatos!) He then took her to a cookery roadshow as his assistant and gave her a signed copy of the recipie book. I was very proud of her.
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