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the original masterchef

BDGTtT was shocked to hear the very sad news that Ross Burden died on 17th July.

ready steady cook


A self taught cook, Ross studied zoology in Auckland before embarking on a career in food.  After moving to the UK in the early ’90’s he took part in the original Masterchef (1993 series) hosted by the legendary Loyd Grossman.

Most people first became aware of Ross as a team captain in BBC’s Ready Steady Cook where a goody bag containing ingredients totaling no more than £5 was presented to the professional chef by a member of the public.  Presenter Fern Britton loved to flirt with Ross, with his twinkly eyes and Superman good looks.

Although he seemed to disappear from terrestrial television after stints on This Morning and Kitchen Invaders Ross kept busy making numerous food and travel shows.  He also presented wildlife programmes for National Geographic.

Returning to New Zealand, he returned to education and I was very pleased to see him as a judge for the first series of Masterchef NZ.



Always happy to tell it like it is, Burden wasn’t shy in giving his opinion on a certain Jamie Oliver.  “If you think he’s tasty then you’re either prepubescent or you’re in a Zimmer frame … That man is an utter prat.”

Thanks, Ross.  You will be missed.


food, glorious food, we’re anxious to try it

… or are we?

To much fanfare, ‘Food Glorious Food’ has finally appeared on our ITV screens.  Billed as ‘the Simon Cowell food competition’ you could be forgiven for expecting Masterchef Australia style studio auditions in front of a screaming crowd who’d boo when the judges diss a dessert or poo-poo a potato dauphiniose.  No, Mr Cowell makes no appearance which is for the best I think.  His production company created the show and that’s that.

Our judges for this gastronomic extravaganza are none other than Anne Harrison (WI vice chair and MC legend), Lloyd Grossman (the ULTIMATE MC legend), Tom Parker Bowles and Stacey Stewart (ex-MC contestant and wearer of the biggest bee hive this side of Sunderland).

Grumpy, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey, Sneezy

Grumpy, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey, Sneezy

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but this is essentially what happens if the Great British Bake Off producers ran riot in a Cath Kidson warehouse.  There are marquees, bunting – oh my god, the bunting – flowers and general chintz here, there and everywhere.

Each cook/contestant (and there seem to be hundreds) serves up their favourite meal to one of the judges.  The idea is that this caravan of critics travel the country, dishing out rosettes to their favourite cook. Once they whittle it down to five, they cook off and all the dishes are tasted with one overall regional winner.  “What do they win?”, I hear you cry.  They win £20,000 and the chance to have their dish for sale in Marks & Spencer food outlets.  Just before the regional champ is crowned, a M&S buyer lady explains how easy or difficult it would be to mass produce these plates of food; “the Pimms jelly is great but it take a WHOLE BOTTLE per serving!”

I could go on at length but Charlie Brooker took the words right out of my mouth!  Clip is below after his take on the recent horse meat ‘scandal’

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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in ITV, Reality Show Genre


and finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

Thank you, sir, and now the check.

So, me and my friends would regularly chatter on about last night’s Masterchef or the merits of Slater over Stein.  Eventually, those who did not care for food-based telly programmes (I know, they do exist!) cried ‘shut up and blog it!’.  So, here we are.  It has taken me some time but, once outside of my Masterchef bubble, I have realised just how many cookery shows there are!  Bloody loads.

It was requested that I compile a list of current shows so my fellow bloggers won’t miss a morsel.  Happy to oblige.  It took me a while and I’m considering posting a permanent weekly/monthly list so our readers can also keep up.   Read the rest of this entry »


oh, danny boy

Thus far my journey through the culinary TV listings has been pretty good.  Enjoyable in fact.  It had to end sometime.

Let me introduce you to Danny Boome:

Danny by the Sea is an ITV Anglia show from 2005 being screened on the Good Food Channel.  This is 30 minutes of my life I will never get back.  An ex-model from Cambridgeshire takes us on a trip to Cromer.  As a fan of seafood Cromer seemed a lovely place to visit – the fishermen were great, the pier was nice – I would’ve prefered to be shown around by Jamie or Rick, is all.

I got a distinct whiff of Naked Chef (backwards baseball cap and baggy jeans) as he cooks a Cromer crab risotto for the fisherman and larks about with the end of the pier crew.  Ever the lad, we even get the classic jokes: “Many an afternoon I spent on the pier trying to catch crabs!”

Danny’s second dish of the day was a slightly odd looking crab cake which his guests seemed to like.  With many shots of the glorious surroundings there were even more of his cheeky chappy face.  Pretty shellfish if you ask me.