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Great British Food Revival
The championing of good old British cuisine continues with a geographically zippy look at celebrity chefs' favourite dishes. Australian John Torode heads to Scotland to meet an Aberdeen Angus farmer before cooking the beef with Yorkshire puddings. Elsewhere, Valentine Warner sings the praises of indigenous shellfish, discovering, bleakly, that we ship off most of the UK's mussels and that nobody buys cockles any more. Tomorrow, Richard Corrigan praises mackerel while James Martin celebrates eggs, meaning more of his egg-scruciating Saturday Kitchen puns.
The Impressions Show
Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson offer up another 30 minutes of pretending to be other people. When the show hits home, as in a MasterChef skit where John Torode and Gregg Wallace reckon the contestants »
- Rebecca Nicholson, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall
Chef-presenter James Martin interviews while slaving over the stove – does cooking get any tougher than that?
In several ways, Saturday Kitchen (BBC1) is one of the stangest shows ever made. Chef-presenter James Martin cooks a meal for a celebrity guest, incorporating either their favourite or least favourite ingredients ("food heaven or food hell?"), on the whim of a viewer vote, while two celebrated cooks knock up signature dishes.
The first peculiarity is the extent to which the ratings overcome the format's apparent unsuitability for the time-slot. Talent-shows for Saturday evening, yes, or political debate-shows for end-of-week late-night. But how can more than 2.5 million viewers, many of them enjoying a late breakfast, want to see people eating elaborate lunches and dinners, washed down with wine?
Then there is the programme's jaunty circumnavigation of the BBC's traditional hostility to corporate endorsement. The two guest chefs are more or less a walking-talking billboard for the restaurants they run. »
- Mark Lawson
2 items from 2011
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