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Old 20-03-2013, 13:57
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Yeah, they've been allowed to completely change one course and tinker another round the edges for a couple of years now.

Don't think a completely re-done course has made it to the banquet yet, though?
If we don't get a rerun of the comedy Titanic I shall sulk big time, I'm just waiting for the other chefs' reactions to it (as sadly they'll never see that other classic 'dog turd on a plate' )
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:11
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I think there should be a worst dish special, turd, titanic & volcano plus toothbrush and johnny mountain's fish course! I just want to see the judges faces on eating the turd lol
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:42
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Looking at Mary Anne's restaurant menu, there's a lot of food I'd love.

I'd have Pea mousse and Carmarthen ham.
Slow cooked chinese Pork.
Icecream with oranges

The prices are very good and hurrah! The mains come with veg. rather than having to order everything as sides.

Still, and it recently isn't whether she's pretty or not, who cares?, I'd be worried about finding hair and skin in the dishes.
I've not looked into it but to me it seems like she has opened her own cafe/bistro.
That might be fine for the locals to have a nice night out but this comp is supposed to be a step above.

That's why when she went off on one when the other chefs said her fish course was simple it was because to them it was standard run of the mill stuff.
Am I the only one that took for granted that she was put there for comic effect given that it was comic relief the other day? When they introduced her in her kitchen serving grubs I instantly thought "this must be a joke, GBM sticking to the brief themselves". But It seems like it is only me, and they haven't "revealed" the joke so I am seriously starting to consider that they did it at face value, which it really is puzzling.

Did anyone else think like me? It just seems way too odd to invite a not-classically trained, not acclaimed chef. The rest of them have some caliber, invinting to the competition to any pub chef is not really what the program is about and just seems an attempt to irony here.
There are exceptions. Not sure how much Tom Kerridge worked in restaurants before he opened his own pub and there have been some younger chefs who haven't made a name for themselves yet but are going through the classical route.

I just don't think that Mary Ann fits in however you view it.
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Old 20-03-2013, 14:47
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I'm sure Tom Kerridge went to catering college, and I think he worked in a number of restaurants before going out on his own. I'm almost certain, off the top of my head , that he worked for Gary Rhodes at least.
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:00
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That's what the wife and I decided last night, it's like a sympathy line up.

Never in the field of the Great British Menu have so many missed the brief by so far.

It's like chef's don't understand the word "comedy", most don't seem to have watched a single sitcom ever given the huge range of historically funny dishes (as shown by previous posters). They inhabit a world where pineapples, nan's china, red plates and tin cans are the peak of comedy genius.

(Although oddly a large number do seem to be aware of "Why did the chicken cross the road")
Tom Aikens has been IMO the most impressive for me so far, both in terms of quality of food and fitting the brief, but I agree a large number don't seem to have embraced it at all or have put in a very lame effort. Agreed, the chicken crossing the road gag has been done to death!!
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Old 20-03-2013, 16:29
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I'm sure Tom Kerridge went to catering college, and I think he worked in a number of restaurants before going out on his own. I'm almost certain, off the top of my head , that he worked for Gary Rhodes at least.
Yes, it's not Tom Kerridge that I was thinking of. The guy who it is hasn't been on GBM.
I saw him in a programme once and he talked about how he had no training but ate out at top restaurants for 10 years and then opened his pub.
IIRC he was quite a large guy who owned a gastropub on the South Coast which is why for a moment I got him mixed up with TK

Incidentally, just whilst looking things up it seems that Heston had no formal training apart from a couple of work experience jobs.
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:01
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I've missed episodes from 21 Feb until last night and am wondering where I can watch them. (I know a few are still available on iPlayer but I can't get it to work satisfactorily. It keeps cutting out.)
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Old 20-03-2013, 18:07
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Tom Aikens has been IMO the most impressive for me so far, both in terms of quality of food and fitting the brief, but I agree a large number don't seem to have embraced it at all or have put in a very lame effort. Agreed, the chicken crossing the road gag has been done to death!!
It has.
And you have the added complication that the first attempt at said gag was by far the best so any subsequent ones are simply looking like inferior imitations (even though they obviously aren't. Imitations that is; they are inferior ).
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:34
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mary-ann has been upgraded from "self-taught" to "classical"....

yung gun Luke is injecting humour into his dish with watercress....
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:41
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Pitt the Younger.... I think he's young man who needs to understand failure.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:41
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what is so gastronomic about a shepherd's pie?
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:43
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Pitt the Younger.... I think he's young man who needs to understand failure.
agree he doesn't seem to understand the difference between confidence and coming across as a sulky show off
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:44
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what is so gastronomic about a shepherd's pie?
Anything, cooked well, can be gastronomic. TBH I'd sooner eat that than some of the other stuff that get's served up
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:45
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what is so gastronomic about a shepherd's pie?
Dunno - if were her Nan's instead of her Mum's it might be funnier?
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:45
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Mary Anne is in my top 3 least likeable of the competition. Cottage pie isn't every VIP is it? I know we could say that about the pie from a couple of weeks back (NI) but that pie looked special like the best pie ever. That just looks like, well, cottage pie.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:46
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Dunno - if were her Nan's instead of her Mum's it might be funnier?
she missed a trick there.....a tablecloth away from the banquet so sad
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:47
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not enough gravy richard a whole bloody pan full and you serve a teaspoon
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:48
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I know I'm biased but can we not put 2 from Scotland through instead?
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:49
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Mary Anne is in my top 3 least likeable of the competition. Cottage pie isn't every VIP is it? I know we could say that about the pie from a couple of weeks back (NI) but that pie looked special like the best pie ever. That just looks like, well, cottage pie.
Who are the other 2?
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:49
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Think Jeremy has picked the short straw having to judge this bunch

If Mary Anne gets through heaven knows that what the critics will say ..... could be comedy gold.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:50
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I like this week's judge; he's saving it from being a complete borefest
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:50
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Mary Anne is in my top 3 least likeable of the competition. Cottage pie isn't every VIP is it? I know we could say that about the pie from a couple of weeks back (NI) but that pie looked special like the best pie ever. That just looks like, well, cottage pie.
She's nowhere near the level of Chris Horrid (if anyone remembers him), or Johnny Mountain.

And in general chef terms, she has a long way to go before she get's to Tom Kitchen
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:52
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oh, cottage pie, same thing different meat. Still not exactly banquet food though.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:53
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She's nowhere near the level of Chris Horrid (if anyone remembers him), or Johnny Mountain.

And in general chef terms, she has a long way to go before she get's to Tom Kitchen
Galton Blackiston (first two series) must be near the top of the list of least likeable contestants.
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Old 20-03-2013, 19:53
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oh dear the humour element hasn't made it to the plate....

Luke's food reminds me of many local restaurants were the chefs have watched too many programmes with 3 michelin star chefs and try to do too much and it ends up not working
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