Sadly, last night’s The Restaurant was as dull as ditchwater again.
M. Blanc says it’s a very difficult decision, but to me it seems simple.
1. The Summer Room. Despite their charm and business smarts, the two cocktail blokes don’t cook. So, unless Raymond and his associates want to go into business with them in something other than a restaurant then they simply can’t win.
2. Rags to Riches. The chef is excellent, but Nathan is so mind-bogglingly dreadful with customers (when he’s forgotten the camera is there), rude to his colleagues (when he thinks nobody’s watching) and just plain lazy that it would be ridiculous to go into business with him. If Raymond et al choose them then they need their heads feeling!
3. The Front Room. They remain my choice for the best team in the competition, and I was delighted to see Steve up his game and impress the female judge with his cooking this week. They seem suddenly to have fallen foul of significant ill luck, though–good for Steve for fighting on through back pain: nightmare–and the clip from next week seems to suggest that they’re embroiled in another crisis. It seems to me that they really *must* win, though, given the level of the competition, unless they cock it up for themselves. I hope they’ll manage to hang on.
Sadly, I can’t say I’ll be counting down the days until the next series if it’s going to be no more lively than this one.