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Old 10-04-2008, 08:18   #201
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Oh yeah, Kevin's 'maths' when trying to work out how many tomatoes to buy:

'To serve soup for 4, you need 10 tomatoes. So, for 15 orders you need........er..........150 tomatoes'.

Almost up there with the Syed (I think) last year with the '100 chickens for 100 pizzas' thing.
Good job he's not a bank manager as he day job then...... Oh wait he is, jolly good.
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Suprised nobody has mentioned the team leader using hair straightners, what's that about?!!!

Saying that, anybody else feel inspired to make a chicken carbonara tonight? With latte as a dessert? Yum!
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Good job he's not a bank manager as he day job then...... Oh wait he is, jolly good.
At least if Kevin fails to win The Apprentice, Halifax or whoever it is that has those "crap bank manager" adverts (you know the "champagne for the shareholders party" ones) can give him a new career in advertising.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:42   #204
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Kev's face was superb as well when it was pointed out that he would take full responsibility for the quality of food being served
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:53   #205
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It took you that long to dislike him?
It was a lightbulb moment. You either shoot it down or keep it up there...
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:43   #206
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Kev's face was superb as well when it was pointed out that he would take full responsibility for the quality of food being served
And since when has Lemon Meringue been an Italian dish? As that was on the boys menu for the Italian night.
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What happen the the Italian accents the boys were going to do? I would have enjoyed listening.

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Good job he's not a bank manager as he day job then...... Oh wait he is, jolly good.
I bet it was Northern Rock he worked at
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:16   #209
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Suprised nobody has mentioned the team leader using hair straightners, what's that about?!!!

Saying that, anybody else feel inspired to make a chicken carbonara tonight? With latte as a dessert? Yum!
yeah the hair straighteners thing was a tad weird, but what shocked me more was how much older he looked on the "you're fired" show - he looked 10 years older and 3 stone heavier (especially in the chops)!

he did a good job though, i thought, of remaining "dignified" in the taxi - didn't stoop low and resort to bitchiness, like others do / have done. should help to not damage his career prospects.

SAS summed it up in the boardroom pretty well when he said of the chaps "i haven't seen one iota of business acumen in any one of you!".

i think simon could get to the later stages, depending how well he does as a PM - he's a "get it done" person but it'll be interesting to see if he can motivate and manage people. did anyone spot who are the PMs for next week's tasks?

finally for kevin, he said in the talking head bit on "you're fired" that he was 100% sure ian was going to get fired, yet both he and simon looked as though they were about to burst into tears in the boardroom
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:52   #211
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...did anyone spot who are the PMs for next week's tasks?...
Pretty sure it was Simon and maybe Helene as the PMs next week. Definitely mixed teams.
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Old 10-04-2008, 16:20   #212
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Something fishy here as I just don't believe it.

We're told you take a pub that does not do food, and in 24 hours you set everything up and take nearly a grand from meals.

Hmmmmmm.....

Even watching Good old Gordon Ramsay in a established restaurant with proper cooks, kitchens etc. Given a brand new menu they nearly always fail on their 1st night.

Yet, these people, with no cooking experience, in a pub that does not have proper kitchens as it does not normally do food, have done this and made a grand in 24 hours.

I dunno. Seems a bit fishy to me. (unless there's a hell of a lot background help we're not seeing) Health and Safety, Food hygiene inspectors anyone?
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Considering the Boys were selling Aunt Bessie's Lemon Meringue, premade Pizzas and big loads of Bolognese made with Dolmio, its not that difficult especially with people thinking they might get on TV if they turned up
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Considering the Boys were selling Aunt Bessie's Lemon Meringue, premade Pizzas and big loads of Bolognese made with Dolmio, its not that difficult especially with people thinking they might get on TV if they turned up
Seems so odd we saw so little of the actual customers, serving, cooking etc etc.
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Something fishy here as I just don't believe it.

We're told you take a pub that does not do food, and in 24 hours you set everything up and take nearly a grand from meals.

Hmmmmmm.....

Even watching Good old Gordon Ramsay in a established restaurant with proper cooks, kitchens etc. Given a brand new menu they nearly always fail on their 1st night.

Yet, these people, with no cooking experience, in a pub that does not have proper kitchens as it does not normally do food, have done this and made a grand in 24 hours.

I dunno. Seems a bit fishy to me. (unless there's a hell of a lot background help we're not seeing) Health and Safety, Food hygiene inspectors anyone?
It was only Ian that said the pub "had not done food ever before". It's possible that he was wrong about that, they maybe just hadn't for a few months while the kitchen was getting refurbished or something. Or maybe they were both pubs that were about to start doing food and had both just had the kitchen fitted out. It would not be hard to find two pubs that were about to start a food service, just phone up a company that does that kind of fit-out.

They did show that both teams had an established chef to watch over their efforts and make sure no customers were poisoned. The boys' one shook his head when Matt Lucas Lite was planning his menu, and also spoke on the You're Fired programme.
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It was only Ian that said the pub "had not done food ever before". It's possible that he was wrong about that, they maybe just hadn't for a few months while the kitchen was getting refurbished or something. Or maybe they were both pubs that were about to start doing food and had both just had the kitchen fitted out. It would not be hard to find two pubs that were about to start a food service, just phone up a company that does that kind of fit-out.

They did show that both teams had an established chef to watch over their efforts and make sure no customers were poisoned. The boys' one shook his head when Matt Lucas Lite was planning his menu, and also spoke on the You're Fired programme.
Yeah, guess you may be right about the pub/food thing.

But (as I said) just seemed odd, when you see Chefs that have been cooking for years struggle with new items on the menu, and yet, These people apparently (without any help?) were able to cook for all these customers just like that. 1st night.

and we saw very little of the food preparation going on (in comparison with all the washing and ironing we saw the week before)

Almost as if they had others there to do lots of the cooking for them once it was underway.

Anyway, I also agree with the firing, but I think they are deliberately creating tasks that they know can't genuinely be done correctly in the given time frame. So, it's set up to fail (for good TV) but someone might get lucky.

Like doing pricing, you might get lucky and get it right with some guessing and judgment, but being able to buy all the ingredients (without knowing your customer numbers) then work out how much of the food per head (with the new menu) and calculating correct profit margins is virtually impossible in the time given.

Just a lot or common sense and (as they did) seeing what others charge for the same meals and using that seems more logical given the 1off nature of the task.
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I hate that cowpat Claire. Did you see how happy she was seeing Sara failing and then saying "she was a good project manager" in the board room.

I can't bare two faced people.

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Even watching Good old Gordon Ramsay in a established restaurant with proper cooks, kitchens etc. Given a brand new menu they nearly always fail on their 1st night.

Yet, these people, with no cooking experience, in a pub that does not have proper kitchens as it does not normally do food, have done this and made a grand in 24 hours.
The lads made £300 between 7 of them, so about £43 each. That wouldn't cover their wages, much less the cost of the petrol, and all the other overheads. If we double that for the girls then it's still only £86 quid each for working a day that didn't end until 11pm. Not exactly successful.

You also need to remember that there's a fair bit of dramatic license in Ramsey's programme. It's obvious he sets them up to fail at the beginning.
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I dunno. Seems a bit fishy to me. (unless there's a hell of a lot background help we're not seeing) Health and Safety, Food hygiene inspectors anyone?
The chef who was helping the boys, Jack, is the son of a friend of mine at work. She said he spent two days filming, was there all through the cooking to oversee and make sure they didn't poison anyone, and yet was seen on screen for about 10 seconds.
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