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Jan 27, 2009 07:39 PM

Last Restaurant Standing [America Showing]

Is anyone else prepared to watch this week after week? I really enjoyed this show last season, though I didn't find it until the fifth episode.

Different format this year which I am enjoying. At least the first episode had far more Raymond, and a lot of discussion about the food. It is always a pleasure to listen to someone who knows a tremendous amount about food and the business of food teaching those who know less.

The first eliminated couple was... well... stupid. How can you use a can of stuff with three addins and time in the freezer in this competition? Too bad, the food they showed her preparing at home looked so very much better.

Do hope a few people will find discussing this show weekly to be at least amusing.

[And Harters, I haven't read your thread about this season, since it aired so much earlier in the UK.]

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  1. I only caught the second hour last night (Tues) on BBCA (in case anyone is searching.)
    I found it refreshing that the contestants didn't get shafted for the gas leak in their restaurant that forbad its opening. The father-daughter combo were perhaps the worst disaster I've ever seen; their initial premise was 'brilliant' (Blanc's word) but the Father redifined clueless. The Welsh Wok had problems that were predictable.
    Did these contestants learn nothing from last season?

    The Provenance place seems to have the best gimmick (although I misread it as Provence, and I'd guess I wasn't the only one to so misread it.)

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      1. re: mordacity

        8 pm on Thursday night. There is a rerun at 11pm, following the news.

        1. re: smtucker

          No - there's nothing on Thursday nights. Here's the schedule:

          It premiers on Tuesday nights at 9pm with multiple reshowings, but nothing on Thursdays.

          1. re: applehome

            Tuesday/Thursday.... my dyslexia comes through! This is why I have a calendar that sends me text messages. Thanks for the correction!

    1. I watched it this morning, though I did fast forward through bits. How is the format different? It seemed similar to me. I do agree about Raymond, and enjoyed his insights about the food - i.e., how one would know that the lamb wasn't spring lamb, etc.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Hi there!

        I don't know where I have been - I never heard of it before, but by chance I saw ad advert for it while watching Kitchen Nightmares, so I did Tivo it, but I havent watched it yet!

        I am really excited to watch it and know I will enjoy discussions about it here!


        1. re: MMRuth

          I don't recall seeing this particular kitchen last year. The couples waited to hear Raymond's comments in a far less comfortable space, and are being housed in hotels, not all together in a house. There are two inspectors this year, down one from last year. I also felt that the inspectors were very active in the discussions or at least were given more air time.

          Please remember, I didn't see the initial episodes last season, so I could _easily_ be off base here!

          1. re: smtucker

            No, your points are correct - I guess they were ones that I didn't think of as being outcome determinative, though I hope that they were staying closer to their restaurants than they were last year at the house.

        2. I'm so glad this show is back. I really enjoyed last season. It was nice to see people competing so....congenially with each other, and Raymond is such a gentleman. As for this season, although the contestants don't appear to have as much personality as last season's (i.e. the twins, the bingo hall attendant, and even the annoying American girl), more of this season's contestants seem to have practical experience in the restaurant/catering fields.

          I agree with you re the first eliminated couple. How could they think they would get a chance to open a restaurant based on mixing canned mango, cream and a few squirts of lime juice and throwing it into a freezer for an hour? Even if the mango had been fresh, the cup of baby food still would not have been awe-inspiring.

          I'm worried for the Welsh Wok couple. Their clientele has never even heard of potstickers. None of them seemed familiar with Asian food. uh-oh. And Sorbet & Seasonings: Wouldn't you think they'd have several different sorbets on the menu instead of just one special, which was peas & mint? bleh. I thought the inspector was going to spit it up right there in there restaurant. Looking forward to seeing what The Gallery guys do. They seem to have good focus.

          The Blue Goose father-daughter team lucked out, but they are really going to have to overcome all the people the father pissed off by asking them to pay for their drinks after getting NO FOOD after a two-hour wait. Unbelieveable. At this point, who knows what their food even tastes like? I don't buy that it was all dad's fault in FOH, because it looked like the daughter was just busy freaking out at the register and in the kitchen. Like that one customer said [paraphrasing]: "What is taking so long? I ordered a steak. Two days ago. I could have cooked a steak by now!" Seriously. What was going on in the KITCHEN?

          Anyway, glad to see there are others interested in the show. =)

          1. I loved this show last season and remember reading about the new season, on this board, a few months ago by someone in the UK. I had not realized it had come back on BBC-A until getting into bed late last night. It was 2:00am and we happened to catch the second hour. I was so excited!!! It was like a nice surprise. We only caught the second hour, but I now have it set the DVR to record the series

            Most of the couples seemed to have bumbled through the first challenge. Mostly, it seemed due to plain old cluelessness. A Welsh-Asian fusion could be interesting, but just plopping down a few dishes of each cuisine is pretty pointless and clumsy. I totally did not get the sorbet thing, especially since they only had one (poorly concocted) sorbet. And the pair calling their place True Provenance really should have been able to back up their concept. But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why Raymond decided to keep the father/daughter team. Did I miss the reason? There is absolutely no excuse for the service to not have gone more smoothly than all of the other restaurants. And then, AND THEN!, to ask the customers to pay for their drinks- insist the customers would be correct to negotiate a fair price after no service and in some cases no food is just plain crazy! That guy really has some set on him. And even at the table, he tried to defend that to Raymond. He just does not get it.

            I am interested to see the teams improve.

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            1. re: Justpaula

              Hypothesis: The Father knew he was clueless. Somehow he thought that he'd be taught how to do things. Can't get more clueless.

              1. re: Justpaula

                ~"But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why Raymond decided to keep the father/daughter team. Did I miss the reason?"~

                Me too. I'm very surprised that Raymond would keep someone who had created such ill-will at any restaurant connected with his name. All I can think is that he really liked their entree ("spring" lamb) and likes their concept.

                1. re: pisang goreng

                  My sense was that she cooks pretty well, and as you say, the concept is a good one (at least compared to some of the others!).

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    It seems to me that they decided it would be unfair to eliminate one pair of contestants when another hadn't even been able to open their restaurant yet because of the gas leak in their building. So they get a second chance and a stern warning instead.

              2. "[And Harters, I haven't read your thread about this season, since it aired so much earlier in the UK.]"

                No, don't. It does give a blow-by-blow account of the whole series.

                I had been attempting to promote a discussion whilst it was being shown here. I had absolutely no success whatsoever. I susepct I may have literally been the only person amongst 55 million Brits who reads the Chowhound Media board - or at least no-one else contributed to the thread (unlike several other boards where it was extensively discussed).