You might know this already from a previous post, but i’m going to tell you again. I’m a bit of a cooking show fan. And what falls under my cooking show spotlight tonight? Well ‘Out of the frying pan’ of course.
Each year I watch The Restaurant with interest. This year James and Ali were the partnership who came as runners-up, and just missed out on opening a restaurant with Ramond Blanc. *Insert sympathetic face here* It is debatable whether they should have won. The chef side of the partnership that did win was, in my opinion, severely lacking. He had never cooked anything really. He was more of a cocktail mixer, which i’ll admit he did to good effect. James is a high standard, cooked everything, trained chef. On food standard alone, James and Ali should have won.
They have one problem. Basically it’s Ali. Don’t get me wrong, he’s nice and everything, but he is stressy, hot headed and forgets things. He has a harder job than James in some ways because James is doing what he loves from the safety of the kitchen. And watching Out of the frying pan has highlighted this to me. I almost agree that they deserved to come second, they are not a strong enough team.
Out of the frying pan is a spin off programme. Apparently James and Ali were offered jobs by Ramond Blanc at the end of The Restaurant series, and now, at the end of teaching time with his team, they are trying to private cater. Not just any private catering, ridiculous places like Sandhurst and some Lady’s dinner party. Difficult, and yes it makes good viewing. If you liked The Restaurant i’d check it out.
Although the 60 second James-talks-you-through-his-cooking frames annoy the hell out of me. It’s not long enough to learn anything, and slows down the action. More shots of Ali’s team dropping things please. Thanks!
You can see the last Out of the frying pan episode on 12 May at 7pm on BBC 2, and you can catch-up on iPlayer.