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Apr 5, 2008 06:07 AM

Last Restaurant Standing...YEA!!

This show gets better and better each week. I have my doubts they will win, but I am pulling for Spinach and Agushi. I give the BBC/the UK as a whole big ups for being open to a Ghanian (sp) restaurant.

The twin girls have started to grow on me but they are just too cutesy to win. Selling homemade hummus? Do people not realize how easy and cheap hummus is to make?

I know they will never win (and will most likely be kicked off this week), but I really hope the prison cook/bingo hall wife do well. They seem to have no cooking chops but they seem like good people. However, their time is coming.

Since Food Network has gone to crap, Top Chef is looking to disappoint, and Hell's Kitchen is more cartoonish than ever, I have really been digging the BBC cooking shows.

Anyone else watching?

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  1. I love this show. I was just telling a friend yesterday that what I like most is that it is so quiet compared to the other shows. Everyone just gets their heads down and goes about their business, no screaming, no hysterics, no "let's get into our Ford SUV's with our supply of Glad Bags and buy produce at Whole Foods". I, too, am pulling for the Ghanian restaurant to win, but I think it will be the twins in the end. Raymond seems to like them a lot. I was absolutely delighted to see the two brothers leave, the cook of the pair was unbelievable in his arrogance.

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    1. re: Missus H

      yes, I love this show as well. I like the bigo hall/prison cook couple, they are very endearing. I also really like that the teams at the bottom have challenges that are meant to address their weaknesses, so they have an oportunity to learn and grow. Also glad the bros got voted off, the ignorance about serving Indians was painful to watch.

    2. I'm not sure why you think we might not be open to a Ghanaian restaurant. Ghana's part of our Commonwealth of Nations and, of course, there are significant numbers of folk living here (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation)

      You seem to have had the programme running for ages now. How many shows a week do you get? When it was shown last year in the UK, we got two 30 minute ones (the "go through" and the "challenge").

      I think Series 2 is currently being prepared.

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      1. re: Harters

        We get two one hour shows for each "go through" and challenge.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Sorry - 1 hour, not 30 minutes.

          My lips are sealed, of course.

          No, no - don't even think of a bribe..... :-0

          1. re: Harters

            Well, my vote is for the twins. But I don't want to know!

            1. re: MMRuth

              So was mine. But then I'm a middle-aged straight man. It would be.


              1. re: Harters

                Too funny. I'm sure at the beginning of the first show I just thought they were pretty and blonde, but I've been terrifically impressed with how consistently well they've done, no whining about the challenges, etc. Yes, they "eeewed" about the eels, but they did it as they were dispatching them! Well - off to think about out dispatching the pheasant I bought today.

              2. re: MMRuth

                I've only seen it once but cannot stop thinking of those beautiful green rolling hills. Is the bingo hall woman the one with the ponytails? She seemed to have a sharp business sense. I can't wait to see more of this. I thought the twins were adorable.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Yes - that countryside is beautiful. The Bingo hall woman is the heavier one with two funny little "buns" - not sure they are actually ponytails. Her husband seems a bit clueless to me.

        2. I, too, am enjoying this show. It is fascinating to watch each couple try to define their mission, something I had never actually considered as an important part of the restaurant world. And yet, now that I think about it, all of my favorite restaurants have a "mission" and well defined culinary viewpoint. It has also taught me that I can not open a restaurant since my favorite recipes are all over the map!

          I think prison cook and wife are on their way out the door since they can't seem to find a balance. Eight's viewpoint, on the other hand, is well-defined, but it will be hard to find enough customers willing to invest the time and money for the quality of the food. The twins and spinach are looking strong to me at this point.

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          1. re: smtucker

            My niece said watching the show has her obsessed with portion cost, she can't go out to eat anymore without trying to suss out what the plate cost the restaurant and what the markup might be. That's another thing I like about the show . . . it makes you think about all aspects of running a restaurant, not just the food and the front of house show, but what it actually costs and what can be made at the end of the night.

            1. re: smtucker

              The economics in the last episode really made me wonder who could afford to eat at Eight's.
              With lunches all but given away for ten pounds at the Ghanaian place to students only, I would probably be happier if I didn't know how many dollars that is.
              I'm a little surprised that I still remember the ones who are gone and why. With most shows, the contestants aren't all that memorable. WIth this show, there's something really good in the way it's produced and edited to show us memorable three dimensional people.

              1. re: shallots

                This is the best food show on TV right now. I feel like we really get an understanding of how a restaurant works, at the expensive of these couples of course. I fear Martin and Emma (the prison cook and bingo hostess) will go home tonight. I too like Lloyd and Adowa and they have their theme/concept down pat. Raymond Blanc seems to like them alot too, along with the twins Jess and Laura. My money is on the pregnant wife and Scottish husband. They really haven't made any mistakes yet, and I was glad last weeks show highlighted them more. They were clever to get on a morning radio show, but with deep fried Mars bars? Thank God that is a trend that hasn't crossed the pond yet. We have enough unhealthy food along with too large portions in our restaurants we don't need deep friend candy bars in our restaurants too. Again my money is on the Scottish couple. Eight in the country will go next, after Martin and Emma I think.

            2. Well, as expected, Martin and Emma were too far behind the others to make a big break this week. I thought the parting speech by Ramond Blanc was most touching. In fact, I almost expected that they would be offered a job at one of the many restaurants controlled by this restaurant group to gain some experience.

              It seemed that the other two couples didn't really knock anyone's socks off though. The fish pie wasn't all that attractive once it was removed from the packaging, and the fine dining didn't have much flavor.

              Again, another side of developing a brand.

              I am starting to think that the eight restaurant will need to have an additional fixed price dinner called 5 of eight, or 3 of eight. The twins clearly have to figure out how to do a second seating on the busy weekends.