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Oh god, what the fvck am I doing with my life?

…said Marco Pierre White, in the car on the way to Kitchen Wars.

Kitchen Wars is a format that should work. Sort of. Bastardly chef goes around the country selecting chefs for an X Factor-type showdown. Except there’s already been a kitchen X Factor, it was that thing to find the great British dish or something a few years ago and after the endless rolling Masterchef regimen and the soaring, triumphant wonderfulness of the Great British Menu what it was decided we needed in the schedule was something slightly like that but with no cooking depicted and an overarching air of sexism.

“She already knows what I think of women who talk too much” begins Marco, as the Kitchen Wars truck sets down in Liverpool. Good, well, that’s an excellent start to that coveted prize of ‘worst host on a cookery related programme.’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Channel 5, Marco Pierre White

 

adventures in cookery pt 2

Having a borderline obsession with Spanish food and liking Rick Stein, I was thrilled at the prospect of his new show as it aired on BBC 2 last year.

Rick Stein’s Spain saw the Steinmeister travel across my favourite country visiting the regions of Valencia, Extremadura, Andalucia and Catalonia to name a few.  As always with Rick you get a bit of poetry here, a reading from Don Quixote there and reminiscences of childhood holidays.  A little later in the year, the series was followed up with a Christmas Spanish Special in London where he cooked a seasonal feast for all the people he’d met along the way and worked alongside Jose Pizarro.  Man, I love JP, he’s my favourite and totally awesome.  It also helps that after recently tweeting my intent to cook a pork stew recipe from his book, he replied “love it!” and followed it up the next day with “how was your stew, did you enjoy it? :)”  YES, IT WAS VERY VERY TASTY, THANK YOU, CANIBEYOURFRIENDPLEASETHANKYOU?

Jose Pizarro with Rick Stein

Ahem!  Anyway, my reason for telling you all this is that whilst glued to the TV, vegging out on the sofa and making Homer Simpson style drooling sounds, I made notes on what recipes I’d like to cook.  Come on, Fanny, stop imagining how lovely this would all taste and do it yourself!   Read the rest of this entry »

 

on the rhode

So, the ever so slightly creepy Gary Rhodes takes us on a trip across China.  I’ve joined him right at the start of his three week culinary journey in Hong Kong and he’s already picked up a couple of lovely ladies along the way.

Two ‘apprentices’ were selected in the UK to join Gary on his travels.  I presume they expressed an interest in accompanying a famous chef across a far away land for nowt, trying some amazing food, meeting lots of nice people and being on the telly … oh, and a bit of obligatory animal cruelty as well.

Melissa and Teresa seem like ideal candidates; enthusiastic with some background knowledge (Teresa’s parents are from China and Melissa recently returned from the Far East on a college trip) they get involved whenever possible.

Rhodes introduces us to the delightful Chef Po and they cook on a waterside set up with the Hong Kong skyline behind them where Gary is told “the Cantonese eat anything that flies except an aeroplane, anything that swims except a submarine and anything with legs except a table”.  We are given a brief masterclass in making soy sauce and how the taste differs between the various types.

Next, Chef Po takes Gary to one of the oldest eateries around where beautiful looking suckling pig is made and Gary has a go at dim sum.  Now, when someone says ‘one of the oldest restaurants in XYZ’ I imagine we’re looking at a Rules-like 150 years minimum but this fabulous local place is a mere baby at 80 years old.  Meanwhile our intrepid Brits are exploring the streets with food bloggers and Gary joins them just in time for some snake soup.  Teresa explains on her UK Food TV blog; “I went for some snake soup at Shia Wong Hip. I have tried it before so the thought didn’t bother me. Hats off to Gary though, because he tasted snake bile. He even drank the pure version, with water rather than rice wine!”   Rather you than me, Gaz!