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artisan baking UK 'Food Revival' BBC2

Daisy_A's picture

artisan baking UK 'Food Revival' BBC2

Anyone else see Michel Roux Junior on artisan baking on BBC2 tonight (9 March 11) as part of the 'Great British Food Revival' series?  

On to cauliflowers with Hairy Bikers and the renowned Ottolenghi now...


ananda's picture

A good rallying call Daisy_A!

And some great support from John Letts et al. too.

Just such a shame he then went off on one using bread to make a duck pie and a pudding.

His message seemed to be promoting real bread on its own terms.   The chef bit always gets in the way, to me.   Maybe it was pandering to the British obsession with "celebrity chef" and food entertainment?

But there was a lot of good stuff in here, and it is great that a "champion" message is put out there like this.   Thought the FOB response was pitiful.   Hope I don't get into trouble for this!



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Just such a shame he then went off on one using bread to make a duck pie and a pudding.
I didn't see any problem in that. It wasn't a programme made to appeal to bread-fanatics like us nor to teach you how to perfect your technique of making perfect artisan bread (I wasn't too impressed with the bread he made, anyway), it was a good thing that he showed the viewers one of some good ways to utilize a good home-made bread.

The whole series is about trying to broaden people's view on wide range of foods and also to improve the way we appoach and appreciate food in general, and hopefully be able to support British farmers and traditional food producers who have been having a hard time for a long time as a result.  It's not about focusing on one type of food, like bread, and investigate what it should be like or how we should treat it. Bread is just one part of our daily meal, and that's how it was shown in the programme.

I can only admire Michel Jr's (and his father and uncle's, for many years before him) tireless dedication in trying to educate people in this country to improve our culnary life.  The way and the reason he uses the media is completely different from many of 'celeb chefs' who are utilizing their fame for his own benefit.  and BBC is, I think, well-aware of it, too.

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The way and the reason he uses the media is completely different from many of 'celeb chefs'

Don't about his reasons for doing it, but the way seems pretty similar to the other celeb chefs:  today we have M. Jr. championing bread;  compare that with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his fishing and grow-your-own campaigns, or even - dare I name him? - Jamie Oliver and his efforts to improve school dinners.  Both of these give the appearance of real engagement with their chosen subjects;  I didn't experience that here at all, just an all-too-brief 'package' to camera using the words campaign and crusade a lot. 

And then there's M. Jr's 'Apprentice'-style series training some kids to be maitre-d's.  We've been here before:  it's derivative, cheap tv.

Give me the Hairy Bikers any day!




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But...... the whole Roux family have been totally committed to the Roux Scholarship for many years before Jamie and his "Fifteen" and have enlisted many top names in the UK and abroad to take part and help the scholars. I don't doubt M. M Roux Jr and the rest of his family's desire to spread the word about good food and how to deal with it, even if some of the more high profile TV series he takes part in are reduced down to the lowest common denominator.