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FULL UP... OR FED UP? You switch on the television. Channel after channel, the screen is caked with chef's faces. One after another. You go out to the shopping center, past all the clothes shops and CD stores. You pass the book store and you see the chef's faces again. Iced onto the front cover of their new best seller autobiography or cookbook. Today's world is boiling over with chefs trying to make a name for themselves. But haven't we had enough of the x, y and z listers that brace our screens everyday? Throughout the last couple of years, more people have been tuning in their television to watch the booming brand of the television cook. Perhaps this is because society is on the up. We are fed up with the ready cooked and microwave meals on offer to us rather than the organic and fresh food range we want. However, at least we can be grateful that not all celebrity chefs are following in the footsteps of Anthony Worral-Thompson. ...read more.


This woman is the enchanting Mrs. Fanny Cradock. Fanny's series of shows all have professionalism running through them. Her episode making Confectioners Custard was filmed in a studio, the mis-en-scene dressed as a plain kitchen, with every item needed being only one or two steps away from her. Fanny's role in the kitchen is very obvious. She is there to teach. Whilst making the custard, Fanny talks about being on holiday and that is where she had the idea for the custard. The whole time the episode is on; Fanny handles everything very well on her own, bar one scene, in which we are introduced to Simon. Her mysterious assistant who pops in to pour in the milk, whilst looking as bored as Phil Mitchell sitting through Ian Beal's wedding. The series keeps everything simple and clean. Two camera angles. Close ups focusing on Fanny's hand as she does something important in the making process and Mid-shots when she is talking to the audience. All these thing are used effectively to create a tidy finished article, after which Fanny goes home to her husband and leads a normal life, not ...read more.


Well, a little tip for you Jamie. We don't want to know you! The filming takes place in Jamie's very dull kitchen, where on every shelf there are more cook books and recipes. I wouldn't be surprised if you looked close enough that you would see all his own books lined up neatly somewhere amongst all that rubbish. The camera crew use mid-shots, close ups and Low angled camera shots, we get a clear view of Jamie 'doing his thing.' The flow between different shots is very bad and the camera is jerking all over the place, this adds to the informal essence being portrayed. However the low level artificial lighting adds a bit of warmth to the room. All in all, Jamie's show off techniques and cocky attitude doesn't hinder my decision to turn over the channel to watch the new Mrs. Marple. Chefs today all over the world. Listen up. There is no problem with you trying to get yourself known. But if we know your name and a show you were in, I think its time you stop and stick to what you know. Cooking food for us to eat. You do your job... and we will do ours. By Jack Cooper ...read more.

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