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      25.09.2011 20:26
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      If you find cooking relaxing, then this is the show for you.

      Why I love to watch Saturday Morning Kitchen:

      Cooking is an ideal hobby and a great stress buster. Once I put on an apron I am absorbed in the act of creating a meal and the stress of the day just drops away. Its about watching interesting ingredients come alive in the frying pan; and finally its about making something you can serve others with. Most often its my family, but on a regular basis, its about blessing (and impressing) my friends.

      The TV Show Saturday Morning Kitchen ticks all my boxes. Its on air on a day off, and at a time which allows for a sensible lie in. The programme is relaxed and combines fabulous food with interviews with exotic and exciting chefs as well as chatting to celebrity guests and members of the general public who like me, simply love to cook for themselves at home.

      As well as being let into the secrets of producing mouth watering dishes, we also get an insight into lives of the show's super chefs. The amiable James Martin, no slouch in his own right as a chef, is equally skilled as a chat show host. He has the knack of putting people at ease so they just tell their stories. And we all love to hear a story. Celebrity Chef Raymond Blanc, once a humble waiter in a small restaurant, got his big break when the chef was ill one night. Rather than close the restaurant, he just took over preparing the menu. Within 12 months of this unlikely beginning, he had earned the restaurant a coveted Michelin Star. A genuine rags to riches tale it would seem. On another occasion Martin hosts Gordon Ramsey's wife Tana, whom he warmly and mischeviousely announces with, 'My guest today knows better than most, the challenge of cooking for a demanding family. Not only is she a mother of four but she is married to one of the world's most famous chefs....so no pressure there!' Responding to Martin's sense of fun,' that's enough about him' is Tana's humorous opening quip.

      Cooking is a very creative and aesthetically pleasing activity. Shinny pots, wooden chopping boards and serious looking knives alongside ingredients laid out in small ramequins and dishes is all very pleasing to the eye. I have started taking my time in setting out all my ingredients before I start to cook. The sight of my ingredients all laid out like troops before a battle, heightens the senses even before the first flick of the gas indicates that the creative process has begun. Sure, it means a little more washing up, but it just makes the act of cooking just that little bit more magical.

      Saturday Kitchen, as relaxed and chatty as it undoubtedly is, also showcases people very skilled at what they do. I love to watch peoples' hands when they prepare food. Chefs have the most delicate of touch. One minute they adjust steak in a sizzling frying pan (not as difficult as it looks) and the next they are putting a deft and balancing touch to the impressive stack of food that gives you something good to look at as well gorgeous to taste.

      Once the plate has been deliciously put together it is carried over to the guest table. Usually someone currently famous will be sitting there to taste the finished masterpiece. The programme makes the simple but rarely considered point that celebrities, like the rest of us, have to cook for themselves on a daily basis. We learn that Stacey Solomon of X-factor fame loves bangers and mash, (surprise, suprise) and owns up to being able to turn out a mean 'spag bol' and that the actor who played butcher 'Fred' Elliot' from Coronation Street really does love pork pies and sausages.

      Ordinary people, like me, who just love to cook, though amateurs, nevertheless have access to the same basic ingredients star chefs can get their hands on. With the help of Saturday Morning Kitchen, my Feta and Spinach pie in puff pastry might turn out every bit as tasty as Jamie's. Which is why a great Saturday for me often begins on the sofa with the gentle muse 'now what shall I cook for supper this evening?'

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      15.05.2010 12:17
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      NOT GROUNDBREAKING BUT PLEASING ENOUGH.

      Saturday mornings when I was young, was all about childrens magazine type shows. Saturday swap shop, going live, cduk all centred around fun features and celebrity pop star guests. I loved those shows and really feel that todays youngsters are missing out by not having a Saturday morning show devoted to thier intrests.

      Now we are bombarded with cooking shows, interior design programmes and reality shows. So the obvious choice for bbc 1 on a Saturday morning is to put on something different?....no, best stick to a cookery show.

      In all fairness, as far as cookery shows go, this is really good. I like the informal feel of this 90 minute programme. It is fun and engaging. The show is hosted by James Martin, who is a really down to earth Northern lad who has a great sense of humour and a no nonsense, rustic approach to food. He is also very nice to look at which always helps!!

      Every week James has a celebrity guest on the show. The celebrity guests are a bit hit and miss. One week they will have a really intresting celebrity who is really well known and the next week they will have someone on who I have never heard of. Anyway, the celebrity sits on the edge of the cooking station and has a very informal chat with James Martin. The main topic of discussion is food, what they grew up eating what foods inspire them etc, Then they will give their ideas of food heaven and food hell. The spectating guests then have the opportunity to vote on what you would like the celebrity to eat. With James then cooking a dish at the end of the show incorporating either the guests heaven or hell ingredients.

      Apart from the celebrity there are also three guests who are members of the general public. They sit at a great bistro type table and sample all dishes cooked. They are encouraged to ask any questions regarding the food and give their opinions on the dishes that have been cooked.

      There are also a couple of celebrity chefs who are invited each week. They will cook a dish and also compete in a competition that really annoys me as it is so totally pointless. This competition sees the two celebrity chefs competing to see who has the fastest time when making an omelette. But this is so pathetic, as they just make a raw congeeled mess in the pan which could never be classed as an omelette. I just find that this part of the show is weak and brings down what is otherwise a good quality show.

      Throughout the show there are short sections of other popular cookery shows aired. These shows include the hairy bikers, masterchef and two fat ladies. I love these small exerts from these shows as It breaks the main show up and also gives one a chance to watch some really excellent cookery shows. I particularly love Rick Stein as he travels the country visiting home produced products which I find really intresting.

      If you are a wine buff, then you will not be disappointed with this show. Whenever a dish is cooked they go to the resident wine expert who scours the isles in order to find a wine that complements the dish. I do tend to think this part of the show is quite pompus as I am such a philistine, that i think you should be able to drink what you like with your meal.

      This show is a great programme to wake up to on a Saturday morning. I would much prefer a going live type programme for the children, but nevertheless I like the informal friendly ambiance of this show. One negative that I would have to comment on regarding this show is the fact that the meat always looks almost raw. I find this really off putting, especially first thing in the morning!! my husband always says a good vet would bring that back!!

      I wouldn't break my heart if I never saw this show again. It is not my favourite show. Neither is it ground breaking or original in format. However I like to watch this on a Saturday morning as it is a programme which does not require full attention. So I can watch it as Im coming around from my Saturday morning lie in.

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        06.02.2010 12:38
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        a strong cookery / entertainment show

        Saturday kitchen is a weekly cookery show on BBC 1. Presented by James Martin, a minor celebrity chef (i've only ever seen him on ready steady cook prevoiusly) from 10 am for around an hour and a half.

        The show features many guest chefs who come on and cook something for the other guests (also two viewers are present every week to taste and comment on the food/ goings on. There are also clips of classic shows from the likes of Keith Floyd, Masterchef and the hairy bikers (who i find very uncharsmatic) and others. A wine expert recommends what will go with each recipe but not being a big drinker i dont pay much attention to this section.
        the two guest chefs will compete against each other in the omellete challenge trying to make the quickest 3 eggs omellete they possible can which is often amusing. at the end of the show there will be a vote for heaven or hell where one of the guests will have a recipe inspired by their heaven food or their hell food depending on the vote.


        I'm somewhat of a fan of cookery shows as i love to eat and this show is one of the best on at the moment (there has been a shortage of real cookery shows on lately, instead shows about becoming a chef or running a restaurant taking their place) and i reguarly get great ideas from the show (and often have to nibble something while i watch to stop me salivating). one problem i have with the show is that its on at a silly time as i wake up really early i've already had my breakfast and the show makes me hungry way before lunch time. but thats my problem!

        a good cookery show

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          07.01.2010 00:35
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          Great Saturday morning viewing

          Saturday mornings used to be about kids TV - Swap Shop, 8.15 from Manchester, Live & Kicking etc. Now Saturday morning's are all about food with one of the best shows on TV.

          Hosted by pastry chef supremo, James Martin, each week Saturday Kitchen has two chefs - each cooking a dish of their own, and a celebrity who at the end of the show will face their food 'Heaven' or 'Hell', cooked by James. Two members of the public also join them in the studio. They also feature clips from cookery shows such as Masterchef, Rick Stein, Two Fat Ladies and the legendary Keith Floyd.

          The chefs who appear all have different backgrounds, from the classically trained, Michelin starred Jun Tanaka, Michel Roux (Jnr & Snr) and Jason Atherton, to the 'everyday' chef's like Matt Tebbutt, Rachel Allen and Sophie Grigson. It is always good to get that mix of cookery styles, rather just watching chef stack things and put a pretty quenelle smear on a glistening white plate.

          One of the highlights has to be the omelette challenge, where the two chefs go head to head in a battle to make a three-egg omelette in the fastest time. Whenever he appears, Raymond Blanc refuses to be rushed, making sure the omelette is perfect. The fastest omelette yet was cooked by my personal favourite chef - Gennaro Contaldo - in about 16 seconds (although that is one dish of his I would prefer not to try).

          There really is no better way to start your Saturday mornings - a bacon sandwich with lashings of ketchup, a big mug of tea and 90 minutes of cooking nirvana.

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          07.12.2009 10:52
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          Another cookery show...

          Saturday Kitchen is a weekly show that funnily enough is screened on a Saturday! A Saturday morning to be exact and is a 90 minutes live show on BBC1 devoted to the zeitgeist art of cooking. The show is one of my regular favourites ideal when your in bed on a Saturday morning and still unwilling to get up to face the day (I completely understand that those of you with children do not enjoy this luxury!). Apparently I am not alone in liking the show with a record 2.1 million viewers suggesting it's a stable Saturday favourite.

          The show begins at 10am and is hosted by James Martin, a chef in his own right and a popular face from Ready Steady cook, his relaxed manner and gentle voice is a soothing start to the weekend. Each week he has two guest chefs in the studio with him and also two members of the public who are lucky enough to watch the show in action and sample all the delicious looking food. A celebrity will also take centre stage for the 'Heaven and Hell' portion of the show where the public and guests in the studio vote on whether the celebrity experiences their food heaven or food hell, think steak vs tofu.

          As it is live the show has a good pace about it, the live segments are balanced with various clips from other cookery shows. For example for a few weeks they might show exerts from Celebrity Masterchef or the Great British Menu, prior to Keith Floyd's death they used to delve into the archive to show some real gems from his career and at the moment they have a serial running which depicts Rick Stein canal boating through France. It makes for some day dream viewing as I lie there my mouth salviting over delicious morsels.

          One criticism made by a fellow reviewer is that the ingredients shown in the live sections of the show are to expensive. However I use the show as an idea generator, I have no intention of roasting a full suckling pig but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in seeing how its done. I also love some of the guest chefs and Antonia Carlucci was on the most recent show and I cooked the dish he prepared for £6 between 2 and it was divine! (Fried spinach balls with courgette pasta - definitely worth a look!). So yes at times the ingredients are outlandish but again I feel it all feeds into the imagination and that Saturday morning feeling whereby anything is possible and Sunday night is hours away!

          The show also features a weekly wine connoisseur who matches the dishes that are cooked in the studio with a wine, they explain why they picked it and generally speaking it is from a well known supermarket and available at a good price. I love this portion of the show because even if I have no intention of catching and preparing my own crab its good to know what grape goes best with the beast. This week we got lucky and were able to wine match the pasta with a great bottle of red from Tesco which incidentally was on offer so not all bad.

          The show is relaxed and live, the mishaps do occur, its also more honest than most cookery shows, the guests are encourage to say what they don't like about a dish and some of the wines get panned by the guest chefs. If you wish to be on the show you have to apply using the old fashioned method of names and address on a postcode and one day I will get round to trying! For me it's the perfect start to the weekend and the breaks and length of the show mean you can carry on with other tasks and return for the bits your most interested in. There is something for everyone and generally speaking in the course of one show many different cuisines will be covered, im hoping the next few show's we'll see some festive recipes to really get the taste buds tingling!

          The show is also available on Iplayer.

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            11.07.2009 15:28
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            A well presented food show, full of variety

            I do really like this program!

            Being one who can't cook (not entirely true) as opposed to won't cook. I kind of make up for it by watching a load of cookery programmes. I figure if I watch the programmes, some of the magic from these chefs fingertips will somehow merge into my brain and soak up the very spirit of their expertise.

            Or maybe I should just get into the kitchen and actually play and experiment more - except food is so blooming expensive now that I can't afford to just go and play with it.

            Saturday Kitchen is, by and large, a live cookery show, on the BBC on (you guessed it) Saturday mornings.

            In this show the host (a well known chef, currently James Martin), a guest chef, another guest from the world of celebrity, and two members of the public will be your studio for the morning.

            Generally the host and the cook will present to the viewer a 'how to' cook a particular dish. You will also get to see a dish entitled either food heaven or food hell being cooked. The celebrity guest will have briefed the producers on their idea of food heaven and food hell, and it is from this briefing that the two dishes will be chosen. One of these will be chosen by phone-in.

            So three dishes in the main from the studio. The instruction for cooking these dishes is rather rapid - the show is live remember - but clear instructions. Don't forget to press record on your PVR, VCR, or whatever you use.

            There are also inserts from past shows such as Two Fat Ladies, and the various other cookery shows the BBC have aired over the years.

            This is excellent viewing for a rainy Saturday, when everyone else has gone out, and you want to veg and have some 'me time'

            It lasts for 90 minutes, so by that time all that sitting around will have worked up an appetite and you will be raring to go in that kitchen.

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              31.05.2009 11:01
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              A fine selection of cooking shows to whet the appetite for a weekend of food

              Tv has made great changes in the UK over the last ten years, Saturday mornings used to be given over to kids with Live and Kicking or Ant and Dec on CDUK being the big draws, then something changed, we became a nation of foodies, we began using the weekend to create and make food, to find a hobby that benefited ourselves and our family.

              Thus Saturday Kitchen was born a programme set in a kitchen, the format is that the presenter is chef James Martin, he has two chefs as guests these vary every week and can range from the mighty Marcus Wareing to an up and coming chef who we haven't yet heard of but is well known in the trade. There is also a celebrity guest and two members of the public, the role of these three is to try and dishes made in the studio.

              The show is linked between studio cooking and old BBC cooking programmes so you might have a meal created in the studio and then watch Keith Floyd create an old recipe on one of his shows or watch an episode of Masterchef, Nigella or the Hairy Bikers, its great for foodies and a great relaxing start to the weekend. The show is fairly slick and my favourite part is the omelette challenge, where the two guest chefs compete to cook an omelette the fastest and are placed on a leader board, in the same style as top gear with their fastest laps, this is the part the chefs enjoy the most with their competition.

              The show is slick and well made, my only quibble is that Martin is a bit overbearing and sometimes he seems very brash and arrogant when he speaks, this may appeal to many but is the only downside of the programme for me.

              The show is well worth a look if you enjoy cooking or just watching people create things.

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                02.03.2009 11:55
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                Easy viewing on a Saturday morning

                Saturday Kitchen is a cookery based live show, on Saturday mornings on BBC one. It is presented by chef James Martin, who does a pretty good job, he manages to juggle live cookery and interview celebrity guests and keep us all informed with whats going on.

                Other guests are a couple of other celebrity chefs - this changes every week, who will demonstrate some dishes throughout the course of the programme and a couple of members of the public who will comment on the delicious dishes that have been prepared.

                A wide range of dishes are produced and always look so quick and easy to prepare although a lot of the leg work is obviously done beforehand. The dishes are always presentable and they suggest a nice wine to accompany each meal.

                I think perhaps some of the dishes could be a bit more seasonal and show us how to make the best of whats around at the moment. Also they could use some cheaper ingredients that people actually may cook at home as opposed to Michelin starred foods where ingredients cost an arm and a leg. It is great to see good food cooked well and demonstrates how easy things can be. Home cooked pasta is definately something I want to give a go.

                Hopefully it will inspire a few to try these things at home. I find it an adult version of the good old Live and Kicking!! Relaxed Saturday morning viewing. It doesnt matter if you're not yet dressed and 11am!!

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                  11.10.2008 14:30
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                  cookery programme on saturday mornings

                  I like to cook and fancy myself as a bit of a chef! There are lots of cookery programes on t.v at the moment but my all time favourite has to be saturday kitchen.

                  Saturday kitchen is a weekly program on BBC every saturaday morning starting at 10.00am. The show is hosted by chef James Martin. Each week he has 2 famous chefs on the show and 2 members of the public. There is also someone famous.

                  Not only does the show include recipe demonstrations by James Martin and his chef guests but there are is also footage of other chefs cooking. This weeks programme featured Rick Stein and Keith Flloyd. Each week wines are reviewed and recommendations given.

                  Every week the celebraty guest is asked to reveal their idea of food heaven and food hell. James Martin then offers 2 dishes-one food heaven and one food hell. The panel are asked to vote on which dish James Martin will cook.

                  I find this show easy to watch and many of the recipes very useful. However sometimes the recipes featured are a bit fuusy for everyday use. This week there was a recipe usuing squid and feta cheese that I for one won't be copying!

                  Saturday kitchen also has a very good web site where lots of past recipes featured can be found. If you have never watched this show then give it a go-you may find you enjoy it!

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                    08.09.2008 22:51
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                    Lighthearted weekend entertainment

                    Saturday Kitchen is a weekly television series on BBC1 on a Saturday morning, hosted by James Martin & featuring a different set of celebrities & well-known chefs.

                    The show also intergrates with members of the public, two of which are in the studio every week getting the opportunity to have any of their cooking questions answered, and also to try the creations of James & his chef special guests!

                    There was some controversy surrounding this show earlier in the year, when it was discovered that the phone poll was misleading viewers into thinking they were voting for the celebrity guest to experience his or her own personal taste of food heaven or hell, when in fact the show had already been filmed some days earlier, however this problem has now been rectified via some reorganisation of the way the show works.

                    The two guest chefs each week also compete in a fun competition involving the speed with which they can cook an omelette - personally there are a lot of 'finished' omelettes which I wouldn't sample even if paid a lot of money!

                    The show itself is also interlaced with part-episodes of various other well-known food shows, such as Keith Floyd & Rick Stein, which keeps the show from being too samey as the formula for the show is pretty much the same week in, week out. Jmes Martin as the host of the show does a pretty good job under pressure to keep things moving in the kitchen, and clearly knows his stuff & gets on well with all of his guests.

                    All in all, this show isn't going to set the world alight, but is good light-hearted entertainment for a Saturday morning while you're eating breakfast in bed - it certainly whets your appetite cuisine-wise for the rest of the weekend!

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                  90 minute cooking program.