Great British Menu, BB2, TV review
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
Some go mental for MasterChef, others go gaga for GBBO, but the common-sense cookery tournament for me is the one with the professional, working chefs.
Great British Menu began a ninth series on BBC2 last night and while the flavours were bold, the boasting was even bolder.
The first region to cook was Northern Ireland and Will Brown, a 27-year-old relative newbie from County Down, was feeling cocky enough to taunt his more experienced rivals, Chris McGowan and last year’s regional winner Raymond McArdle. Young Will will have to develop a greater respect for his elders, if he hopes to triumph in the final: the grand prize this series is a chance to cook a dish at a 70th-anniversary D-Day banquet in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Conscientious Raymond had even travelled to Normandy to seek inspiration for his dish, “Pigeon Post”, which celebrated the role of wartime carrier pigeons by, um, killing them and eating them. The tiny prop scroll placed in the dead pigeon’s claw struck me as a tad macabre, but guest judge Tom Kerridge liked it.
He was certainly more impressed with Raymond’s dish than Chris’s “Dig For Victory” mackerel (who digs for mackerel?) or Will’s over-cooked scotch egg, which “wasn’t much better than supermarket quality”.
I can’t speak to the food seasoning, but GBM’s trash-talk was deliciously piquant.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
- 5 Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
Coolio has sold his soul to Pornhub
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc