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  1. 1. Which chef/cook?

    • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
      4
    • Gordon Ramsay
      14
    • Keith Floyd
      5
    • Jamie Oliver
      5
    • Delia Smith
      0
    • Nigella Lawson
      7
    • Ainsley Harriott
      1
    • James Martin
      0
    • Anthony Worrall-Thompson
      0
    • Nigel Slater
      2
    • Mrs Beaton
      0
    • Ken Hom
      0


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Just watching the F Word and I wondered who were people's favourite telly cooking bods?

I was always a big fan of Floyd (not least for his awesome quaffing - I fondly recall an amusing and amazing episode when he was on a trans-Australia train) but have recently tended only to watch Ramsay's progs (not a great fan of him but I enjoy his programmes) and River cottage (Fearnley-Whittingstall and his programme are top notch in my view).

So who is it for you?

Sorry if I have missed out your favourite.

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I think whilst Ramseys manorisms for tv really gets on my nerves, his endless hand pinching and throwing it up in the air like some kind of insvisble confetti to emphasise the ends of his sentences, his shows are awesome and I think he is very good at what he does. They don't throw those stars around for nothing and I think he has a few.

I always take the mic out of Jamie Oliver. I can't find Shooting Stars piss take of him, but it's hilarious.

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im the same with ramsey, not a huge fan of him but his program is the most interesting and its his recipes that ive tried the most of, if it was personality alone i liked gino whats his face a few years back when he emerged on readt steady

that said the best cooking program on tv is GB menu by miles IMO, problem is you wont cook it yourself, but glynn purnell should be on tv more

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As much as he's a bit too much mockney / scooter boy / retro style bread head with a conscience his actual recipes are simple to follow, easy to adapt, totally unpretentious but best of all ................. usually bloody tasty, that and they usually work.

Gordon Ramsey is a **** fraud of the highest degree (Just for the "played for Rangers" stuff alone)

Floyd was a great pisshead and entertainer but a rather shit chef

Delia Smith is utterly utterly shit, she even does mashed potato wrong

Has anyone actually got a Nigella recipe to work first time?

Hugh F-W cant really comment as I've never tried a recipe nor watched a prog but he just comes across as............woolly

Ainsley Harriott is merely Lenny Henry with food.........that aint good if you were wondering

James Martin, strangely I find him creditable, informative and useful with no pretentiousness

AWT - until he started on all that whatever fad diet he was, I liked him, GM, that was it

Nigel Slater - seriously - what a tosser

Mrs Beaton - should sue delia for copyright but she'd stil be shit

Ken Hom - he's actually ok and his East meets West book of fusion food is very good, should have thought about a surname change though

But no mention for the two fat ladies? shame on you sir

Out of that list though, Mr Oliver wins hands down with Saturday Morning James a distant second and AWT (the early years) third, with a nod to floyd for his drinking ability

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But no mention for the two fat ladies? shame on you sir

Ah, that's a good point. Sorry. You can amend the poll, should you wish. :winkold:

Hugh F-W cant really comment as I've never tried a recipe nor watched a prog but he just comes across as............woolly

I thought he'd be up your street, actually, Bicks.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'woolly', though? His shows are about eating what is seasonal, local and available. His venison based xmas dinner wouldn't qualify in my book as 'woolly'. :D

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Like I said Darren, he's the only one I'm not qualified to comment on as I've never really watched a single minute nor read a single recipe, its just an impression I get out of the corner of my eye. I'm prepared to look full on at some point

Can't be arsed to add the Two Fat Ladies as I still wouldn't change my vote but they did out Floyd Floyd and they cooked better

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Like I said Darren, he's the only one I'm not qualified to comment on as I've never really watched a single minute nor read a single recipe, its just an impression I get out of the corner of my eye. I'm prepared to look full on at some point

Fair enough, Gareth.

If you can look beyond the floppy, long-haired old Etonian (which might be difficult for some :winkold:), there is someone really committed to cooking and eating local produce.

Also realised that I boobed and forgot Rick Stein (whose progs and cooking I also really enjoy). :oops:

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Just watching the F Word and I wondered who were people's favourite telly cooking bods?

I was always a big fan of Floyd (not least for his awesome quaffing - I fondly recall an amusing and amazing episode when he was on a trans-Australia train) but have recently tended only to watch Ramsay's progs (not a great fan of him but I enjoy his programmes) and River cottage (Fearnley-Whittingstall and his programme are top notch in my view).

So who boils your bacon?

Sorry if I have missed out your favourite.

Mmmmm, you have missed out my favourite in that he is the greatest UK-born chef of the last twenty-odd years and the most influential. I give you MPW as a young, fey chef.

As for the others, I'll deal with them shortly!

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Mmmmm, you have missed out my favourite in that he is the greatest UK-born chef of the last twenty-odd years and the most influential. I give you MPW as a young, fey chef.

As for the others, I'll deal with them shortly!

White? White??? Feckin White????

I'll let you off, Rich. Had I thought about doing a poll for the biggest tosser ever to have come from Leeds then Mr White would have been first on my list. :winkold:

I did say 'sorry if I have missed out your favourite'. :P

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - I like the guy, I like what he cooks, how he cooks and what his River Cottage thing was all about.

Gordon Ramsay - As Bicks says, ultimately a fraud. I saw him haranguing a hapless restaurant owner somewhere in the south-west for selling reheated boil in the bag dishes and the rocket polisher subsequently got owned when it was revealed one of his own places was doing the same thing. A shame because he was trained by some of the best chefs around (MPW being one of them) and he has deservedly accrued Michelin stars when he was in the kitchen because he is actually very, very good. Unfortunately, he is also a word removed.

Keith Floyd - I loved the irascible old bastard. It was him, a series the Roux Brothers did and that MPW programme I have linked above that got me into cooking. Personally, I disagree with Bicks. I think he was a good chef and I've used many of his recipes. He knew his food and his booze and you've got to love that. He was a huge force in raising the standard and broadening the appeal of cooking in this country. I follow his drinking whilst I cook good shit ethos to this day!

Jamie Oliver - I'm ambivalent towards this budgie-tongued ****. The whole mockney thing gets on my tits and I don't like the programmes either but I don't dispute he has some talent as a chef.

Delia Smith - Just does not belong on this list. She is not a chef.

Nigella Lawson - I like her style and would **** her until the snot came out of her nose. Perfect evening - she cooks me dinner and then gets on all fours.

Ainsley Harriott - Just a joke. Panto beckons, I think.

James Martin - No problems with this guy. Knows his stuff and doesn't piss me off.

Anthony Worrall-Thompson - Meh.

Nigel Slater - Just wrong. I find him flesh-crawlingly creepy. He does the same kind of thing Nigella does with the glances to camera etc but is just a nasty fag.

Mrs Beaton - Haven't seen her on TV lately!

Ken Hom Haven't seen much of him lately, either.

Honourable mentions go to:

The Two Fat Ladies, they are/were great fun and totally bonkers.

Rick Stein - Just seems a thoroughly good guy and a very good chef.

Raymond Blanc - ditto

Antonio Carluccio - ditto

The legendary Elizabeth David.

Dishonourable mention:

John Burton-Race - to paraphrase "As Good As It Gets", '...you absolute horror of a human being'.

Might do some more as I think of them!

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Mmmmm, you have missed out my favourite in that he is the greatest UK-born chef of the last twenty-odd years and the most influential. I give you MPW as a young, fey chef.

As for the others, I'll deal with them shortly!

White? White??? Feckin White????

I'll let you off, Rich. Had I thought about doing a poll for the biggest tosser ever to have come from Leeds then Mr White would have been first on my list. :winkold:

I did say 'sorry if I have missed out your favourite'. :P

Actually, I agree with you about him as a man which is why I phrased it as I did. The man is a word removed of the first order and always has been. If my memory of the programme I linked serves me (I haven't seen it since it was first broadcast) he proves what a total rocket polisher he is. However, his magnificence as a chef and the influence he had and still has is undeniable.

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Actually, I agree with you about him as a man which is why I phrased it as I did. The man is a word removed of the first order and always has been. If my memory of the programme I linked serves me (I haven't seen it since it was first broadcast) he proves what a total rocket polisher he is. However, his magnificence as a chef and the influence he had and still has is undeniable.

Fair enough, mate.

There's little doubt that he was a very good chef.

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I can't stand Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - his cooking is EXTREMELY average and he comes across as a bit of a pompus turd too. He's just a middle-upper class man who thinks he can cook.

Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson are my favourites. Ramsey's F Word programme is excellent and I like his own unique cooking-style which other celebrity chef's don't quite have (he's not so mainstream)... I'd love to eat at one of his restaurants.

I'm speechless when it comes to Nigella... she's the queen of food porn and she's such a hot MILF. I LOVE watching her programmes.

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