For goodness sake!
I was genuinely annoyed by this programme this evening. Is it *really* supposed to be about choosing a team of people who can run a restaurant, or is it actually about presenting people with ridiculous tasks that even experienced restauranteurs wouldn’t be able to perform, just to make dramatic television and give idiots an opportunity to laugh at people who are doing their best to turn their lives around?
George–I know you’re not watching any more, so hang onto your seat. The two blokes who don’t even pretend to cook are now in the final, and the only team that consistently pleased customers–both with their food and their service–is now out.
And why were Steve and Rebecca kicked out this evening? Because the pressure of having to bake and present a cake in the shape of an aeroplane the week before last–at about 5 hours’ notice: WTF???–and of having to do a cookery presentation in front of an audience of about 100 guests this week proved too much for them. It ground them down. Yes–running a restaurant is a stressful job, but would any ordinary chef be expected to do either of those things at all, let alone with the notice that these people were given? Never in a million years!
What an absolute farce. Seeing the utter wreck that this evening’s ludicrous and completely irrelevant task reduced Steve to, I was absolutely disgusted with Raymond Blanc. He redeemed himself just a little bit, I thought, by going out after Steve and Rebecca had already been reduced to a laughing stock and persuading Steve to have a go. When they did have a go it seemed to me that they actually did better than the other teams. They were cooking, after all, and not simply blagging!
It shouldn’t have been necessary, though. I don’t know what RB and his partners thought they were testing with these trials, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the ability to cook appetising food and present it in a happy-making way to diners. Try nipping into the nice little bistro round the corner late tomorrow morning and telling the chef that you want a sophisticated cake in the shape of an aeroplane taking off for 12 people tomorrow night and he/she is likely to laugh in your face. Ask at a specialist bakery and give them a fortnight’s notice and you might get a bit further. And is that chef likely to agree to do a cookery demonstration at virtually a moment’s notice at a food fair, for a hundred members of the public? I don’t think so.
This really was ridiculous, and–IMO–bordering on cruel. Truly nasty television, and basically farcical. I’ll watch the final next week simply out of curiosity, now that I’ve watched the first 5 (or however many it was) episodes, but I don’t think I’ll be tuning in next time, if anyone’s daft enough to make a 4th series.