BBC Two today announces a new eight-part series with Michel Roux Jr who takes on an inspirational, ambitious and very personal mission to create a new generation of restaurant superstars.
But, Michel is not looking for great chefs. He’s looking for great service. His father and uncle revolutionised eating in the UK and now Roux Jr wants to do the same for front-of-house staff by giving a unique opportunity to eight young Brits, and with access to life behind-the-scenes at some of the country’s top restaurants.
For Michel, proprietor of Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche, bad service can undermine the foodie revolution that has taken place in restaurant kitchens across the UK, but he believes that anyone can develop a passion and talent for service.
To prove it he’s going to take eight inexperienced youngsters aged 17 to 24 and, in just eight weeks, transform them into a confident and efficient front-of-house team. At the end of the project, two of them will be offered potentially life changing opportunities to train for up to six months in the hospitality industry. They will be awarded scholarships with the Academy of Food and Wine where they will be trained in top restaurants and hotels, gaining an important foothold to a career in the hospitality sector.
However, Michel’s ambition is that all of those taking part will develop the passion, skills and confidence to secure potentially lucrative jobs at top restaurants and hotels. With an absorbing range of challenges, tasks and tests; the inspirational vision of Michel and his team; world-class experts and, of course, eight willing trainees, this series will be jam-packed with factual treats as it reveals the fascinating secrets of the “art of the table”.
Co-producer, Lionel Mill, explains: “Michel Roux has such presence, integrity and expertise, not just as a restaurateur but also in television. He is as passionate about service as he is about food and for our young generation, of whom many are unemployed, the show provides direction and life skills that engender self respect and a sense of pride.”
At Your Service (working title) is an 8×60 co-production between Millionmedia and Ricochet (a Shed Media Group company). Executive Producers are Patrick Holland for Ricochet and Lionel Mill for Millionmedia. Commissioned by BBC Commissioning Executive for Documentaries, Emma Willis.