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Jan 6, 2010 01:03 PM

Last Restaurant Standing is back

There was recently a thread about the new season starting in the UK, and I wanted to let y'all know that it started last night on BBC America.

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  1. Gosh, that's quick. It only finished here just before Christmas.

    1. Amazing, the mother and daughter team that got booted because they were so dangerous in the kitchen. What idiot tries to open a can by holding a big chef knife, by its blade, while trying to tap the top with a rolling pin in order to open the can? Every wannabe chef seems to have failed miserably: the reduced, boxed beef stock was too salty, so let's dump some sugar in it; let's chop a few vegetables, throw them on a plate with some ersatz (low grade scotch salmon) gravlax and call it our signature dish. UN-BELIEVE-ABLE...

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      1. re: ChinoWayne

        I was shocked the mother and son team hadn't put more thought into their concept; it showed a real lack of drive and I was glad they were let go (even though their food was good).

        1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

          I had just tuned in when their "presentation" segment was showing, the son was verging on being incoherent in his lack of ability to talk about his dish. What planet are these people from if they think a successful restaurateur would bankroll their fantasies?

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            I just caught the re-run ..

            I agree the mother and son needed a more focused plan - but I was shocked they were let go!!

            I mean - they seemed to have one of the few dishes that was actually praised.

            My bet was on the couple that served the smoked salmon...I mean really!

      2. Finally caught the first episode.

        Good call about the mother an daughter. Shallow gene pool there. These people are so stupid as to not know how to use a can opener. And their big presentation 'trick' was serving it in a martini glass? This is why some people should not breed.

        I was also surprised that the mother and son go. They seemed to have produced a decent dish. So what if he was a little tongue tied? Seems to me that it is a heck of a lot easier to teach some public speaking lessons than to cook.

        The packaged salmon couple should have gone. Raymond Blanc said it was not even good salmon.

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        1. re: Withnail42

          My first thought is that the mother and son produced a good dish. But really, they had weeks or months to think about their concept. It would have taken five minutes of rehearsal. Even if it was total BS, they could have said SOMETHING.

          I thought the contest in running fast food chains was extremely interesting. I can't remember anyone's name yet, but the two guys who ran the Asian restaurant look like winners to me. They work together really well.

          1. re: Pete Oldtown

            I totally agree with withnail...

            But episode 2 - the packaged salmon couple did get the boot!
            And deservedly!

            Agree with Pete that the two guys who ran the Asian place seem very on the ball...but I remember that they both are very experienced in the kitchen (and restaurant business) As opposed to some of the other couples who have never been in a restaurant kitchen before...which is such a major advantage to have....I'm not sure if I think that's quite fair really.

            Hey - what about the 2 blonde guys ay?
            wow - can't stand them!

        2. i've avoided watching this because in earlier versions of this I couldn't understand half of what anyone said. I know it's English and that happens to be my first language, but I speak American English and most of them speak some regional English with accents that are so heavy I needed subtitles. Is it any easier to understand?

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          1. re: chicgail

            They do have more sub titles this year. Not only for Blanc but for some o the contestants.

            1. re: chicgail

              "most of them speak some regional English with accents"


              Yes. It's because most of us live in "regions" and speak with our local accents (which can vary within a few miles of each other).

              And, yes, it's easier to understand British English if it's sub-titled rather than spoken but you wiull miss the richness of our diverse nation and culture. I presume they'd sub-title written with American rather than British spellings. As a matter of interest, which contestants are you failing to understand?

              I'm sure you're not joking about the need for sub-titles but I really do find it funny that you would need it. I mean, we never sub-title American TV programmes here (nor does the BBC find it needs to subtitle M. Blanc). Perhaps it's just that we're more used to hearing it spoken in different accents.