I first saw Chef! awhile ago on PBS. And I was only able to see the first two seasons. It was such a hilarious show. Lenny Henry was perfect as Gareth Blackstock. Even though he was sarcastic and always yelling, Chef! was also very likeable. The way he shouted out orders. It was such a laugh to see the goings on in the kitchen as they made the best food in England. Gareth's wife Janice and Everton brought a sort of tranquility to the show. I can not name a favourite episode because all of them are funny and perfect in their own way.
I am not quite what some call a foodie, a person who is , or is becoming, a person familiar and fond of food and drink,period. This has to be as close to a perfect comedy as tv has produced.
The life of a head chef, how he comes to own his own restaurant, has his wife manage the business, and the daily doings of the kitchen, as well as how one becomes a celebrity chef are explored. Just a bit of family drama here and there, some marital hijinx, the staff and how they work together and learn from Gareth Blackstock, our head chef and star, smartly played by Lenny Henry.
We meet Janice, his long-suffering wife, Lola the maitre'd, various waitstaff and food suppliers, and many staff cooks, the most stalwart being Everton, who knows Janice and went to school, long ago with Gareth. We also meet Gareth's father a couple of times, but both visits are memorable.
While I strongly dislike the third season over all, the first and last episodes are good. I adore the first two seasons, yet I would recommend the whole series to anyone curious because Gareth and Everton are strong enough characters to carry some through what I happen to dislike.
It is worth a look, if it's on a PBS or BBC channel near you, or the upcoming complete boxed set. After watching it, you may feel like you could try the dishes yourself, or at least order out for something!
Chef is a hilarious show from the BBC. It only lasted three years, but Lenny Henry's portrayal of the short-tempered, egotistical, but excellent Chef Gareth Blackstock is very funny. Chef' is about a man who is not afraid to vent his sarcastic comments and scathing remarks with his staff, his wife, and of course any customer who wants to put salt on his creations. The series is set at the Chateau Anglais in the English countryside. The humor is rapid-fire and intelligent, as Chef verbally eviscerates anyone who dares to come between him and a perfectly prepared plate of food. Caroline Lee Johnson plays his wife, Janice, who understands how difficult he can be in his never-ending quest for the perfect dish. Chef’s life is cooking. His hobbies seems to be fly fishing, and thinking up new creations to stun the customers.
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