Marco’s Kitchen Burnout

Friday, 14 May 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

This week sees the first semi final of the competition. Coronation Street’s Tupele Dorgu, socialite Nancy Dell’Olio, TV presenter Ruth Langsford and actor Alex Ferns compete for a place in the grand final, all under the watchful eye of Marco Pierre White.

The four celebrities are summoned to London’s famous BT tower for their first challenge where Marco drops the bombshell that the loser of the challenge will leave the competition immediately.

The four celebs must cook a pasta dish in the same time it takes the tower to rotate once. Marco and Alberico Penati, one of the world’s greatest pasta chefs, will then judge the dishes.

As the challenge begins, the pressure of someone leaving the competition so soon causes a panic as the celebrities rush to devise their dishes.

Nancy is first to finish, quickly followed by Alex and then Ruth. But Tupele struggles as she almost fails to complete her dish in time.

With their time up, the celebrities present their dishes to Marco who sends them away whilst he and Alberico taste the dishes.

After much deliberation Marco and Alberico reveal how well the celebrities did. The winner is ecstatic to find out they cooked the best dish. Of those remaining, two of the celebrities had a total disaster in the kitchen. And it is a tearful loser who is finally ejected from the competition.

The remaining three celebrities must battle it out for a place in the final.

The celebrities return to the Burnout kitchen. They must design their menus but this time Marco insists they will not be able to practice their dishes before service. It’s an extremely nerve wracking prospect, as the first people to try their dishes will be the diners.

As before, the celebrities have five minutes each in the Burnout food truck, to grab the ingredients for their menus. But this time Marco is upping the ante, demanding that they each come up with four main courses, rather then three.

The winner of the challenge is first in the truck and has learnt to be as ruthless as possible. They take huge amounts of food to limit their competitor’s choices.

The next contestant in the truck is thrown by the lack of choice. The confusion means they fail to grab any tomatoes for their menu. A mistake which they bitterly regret.

The final contestant to enter the food truck is forced to grab whatever they can but Marco believes the lack of choice may benefit them in service.

Tensions rise shortly before service is. When Marco makes a last minute change to one of the contestant’s menus, it causes them to freak out.

With the Burnout Restaurant doors open, service begins. First to buy Marco’s time is the contestant in the green kitchen who struggles to cook their sea bream and forgets their pork chops for the first table.

The red kitchen contestant is next to buy time with the great chef as they are unable to serve their mains all at once, causing chaos at the pass.

The chef in the yellow kitchen is flying and sends their mains out as quickly as possible. They buy none of Marco’s time but are they sacrificing quality for quantity?

The green chef is then thrown when a disgruntled diner sends her sea bream back twice, complaining of it being undercooked.

The red chef continues to buy Marco’s time because of the pressures of serving.

Incredibly the yellow chef finishes serving all their diners with half an hour of the service left. They spend the rest of service confidently chatting to their diners.

The red chef has food sent back and must hold their nerve to get their dishes out in time.

In the green kitchen standards start dropping as time runs out. Although it looks like the chef might serve all their diners, the final table have a special request which throws a spanner in the works.

After service there’s a shock for all the contestants as Marco announces his verdict. Of the four who began in this semi final just one makes it through to the final. The three remaining nervously await the results.

ITV is considering dumping Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Burnout following its seven-week run.

The reality show, which features celebrities strutting their stuff in a kitchen, is lagging in the ratings, generating fewer than two million viewers for its latest episode.

A source has said: “It’s a shame but Burnout has done just that – it’s burnt out. People just don’t seem to like the show.”

ITV execs are considering the return of poorly performing Popstar to Operastar as a Friday night replacement for White’s show.

“We thought that was bad but Marco’s show has made us think differently. There is now a very real possibility that Popstar could be back.”

Source: Digital Spy

Friday, 30 April 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

This week the celebrities facing the ultimate cooking challenge are actress Debra Stephenson, socialite Nancy Dell’Olio and comedian Jason Byrne.

As usual, they have 72 hours to prepare themselves before they must cook a full service for 25 diners each.

First Marco must judge how well they can cook. He sets them the challenge of preparing a two course meal for boxing legend and former Hell’s Kitchen winner, Barry McGuigan and 17 of his boxing buddies, including current WBA World Light welterweight champion Amir Khan.

The celebrities step into the kitchens of ‘Marcos’ in Chelsea, under the watchful eye of their mentor. They know that the outcome of this challenge could affect the rest of their time in the Burnout Kitchen. They are all nervous as the challenge begins. Not only must they cook in front of Marco but also some of the toughest men in the world.

In the kitchen, Nancy has to steam some halibut, Jason pan fries some Dover Sole and Debra pan fries some steaks.

The three celebrities then learn how to make the dessert ‘Poire Belle Ellen’ from Marco. However, Debra is the only contestant to make it correctly. The others fear this means Debra may win the challenge.

On day two, the contestants enter the burnout kitchen. Marco wants them to design their menus, practice their dishes and present their food to him.

Outside the restaurant is the Burnout food truck which contains a limited selection of ingredients available for their menus. As usual, whoever goes first has a huge advantage.

The winner of the challenge picks calves kidneys, pork and skate as their main dishes. The next celebrity to go in selects chicken, the rest of the calves kidneys and sea bream but panics when they can’t find the potatoes.

The final contestant to enter the truck is left with sea bream, skate and the rest of the chicken.

Jason is up and his first dish goes down well with Marco. However, it all goes downhill from here. His next dish is not to Marco’s taste and Marco refuses to even try Jason’s last dish.

Marco warns Jason that he needs to concentrate on cooking his meats properly otherwise they’ll be sent back.

Nancy is next and is delighted to impress Marco with her menu of three Italian main courses.
All her dishes go down well.

Finally, Marco’s tries Debra’s meals and loves one of her main courses.

Marco then gives his verdict on all three. He feels Jason will not be afraid to have a go, Debra can cook well and Nancy should fare well as she is not afraid of the stove.

On the morning of the service, the celebrities set about preparing everything in time for feeding that evening’s diners. The diners will be scoring the celebrities. Whoever receives the highest score will automatically go through to the semi-final. Marco will choose one of the remaining two to join them. As the diners arrive, Marco reveals to the celebrities that they can call upon his time if they get into trouble. But it will come at a cost ��” for every minute bought, a point will be deducted from their final score.

During service some of Jason’s food is undercooked and he struggles. But he tries to rectify things by buying some of Marco’s time. Deborah manages to be feed everyone in time but also needs to buy some of Marco’s time to get her through. Finally, Nancy manages to feed her diners but with just seconds to go. Having also bought some of Marco’s time, our expert chef has never been in such demand.

The celebrities have all faced their own personal challenges throughout the service and wait nervously for the diner’s results to come in.

Friday, 23 April 2010, 9:00PM on ITV1

This week TV Presenter Ruth Langsford, model Ellen Rivas and comic Mark Watson compete in running the Burnout kitchen, all under the watchful eye of Marco Pierre White.

Marco begins by challenging this latest trio of celebrities to cook lunch for Frankie Dettori and his friends, including Lester Piggott.

A supremely confident Ellen has no problem cooking her tuna steaks but it’s a different story for Ruth and Mark. Mark leaves Marco stunned when he fails to peel an avocado properly which provokes hysterical laughter from a competitive Elen.

The eventual winner of the challenge has the advantage for the service later on and will be first to raid the Burnout truck for their ingredients.

On day two, the contestants enter the burnout kitchen. Marco wants them to design their menus, practice their dishes and present their food to him.

Outside the restaurant is the burnout food truck which contains a limited selection of ingredients available for their menus. As usual, whoever goes first has a huge advantage.

The winner of the challenge wastes no time in taking most of the sirloin steaks before grabbing some halibut and tuna.

The next contestant is disappointed by the lack of steaks and confused about the amount of food they need for service. They panic and describe the experience as, ‘One of the worst of my life.’

The final contestant to enter the food truck is forced to take the unwanted veal kidneys for their menu but impresses Marco with their choices to garnish the dishes.

Tensions rise when the contestants are asked to present their dishes to Marco. Ruth’s choices are torn apart by a disappointed Marco and he describes her food as ‘disgusting’ before offering some much needed advice.

Elen impresses with her food but Marco expresses concerns about her presentation. He believes she will struggle during service.

Finally a flustered Mark presents his three dishes to Marco. Seeing Mark is struggling to create an edible menu, Marco steps in with a few simple tips that he hopes will help Mark impress his diners.

On the morning of the service, the celebrities set about preparing everything in time for feeding that evening’s diners. The diners will be scoring the celebrities. Whoever receives the highest score will automatically go through to the semi-final. Marco will choose one of the remaining two to join them. As the diners arrive, Marco reveals to the celebrities that they can call upon his time if they get into trouble. But it will come at a cost – for every minute bought, a point will be deducted from their final score.

The celebrities all cook the same starters which causes chaos in the kitchen. Time with Marco is in demand as they all struggle in different areas. By the end of the service, all three have met personal challenges and step out to meet their public.

The highest scorer moves straight into the semi finals. For the remaining two, they wait nervously as Marco decides their fate.

Friday, 16 April 2010, 9:00PM

“I’m the ringmaster and I will crack the whip but they will have to do everything themselves. They really are in charge of their own destiny.” Marco Pierre White.

Marco Pierre White is back on ITV1 with TV’s toughest celebrity cooking challenge yet. Twelve celebrities will be cooking in a professional kitchen for diners all on their own and the pressure will be relentless from the start. ‘Marco’s Kitchen Burnout’ is brand new & exclusive to ITV1. Fridays from 16th April at 9pm.

Four ruthless weekly heats build to two semi finals and a nail biting final as Marco narrows the field in the hunt for Britain’s top amateur celebrity chef. Each heat sees three stars lock horns in a culinary showdown but only two can go on to the next round. One will be out of the competition for good. The wannabe chefs fighting tooth and nail are:

Heat 1: Kelvin Macenzie, Donna Air and Tupele Dorgu
Heat 2: Elen Rivas, Ruth Langsford and Mark Watson
Heat 3: Nancy Dell’Ollio, Debra Stephenson and Jason Byrne
Heat 4: Russell Grant, Carol Smilie and Alex Fearns.

Before they face the heat of the kitchen the contestants will learn all they can from Marco, via a food challenge. But then they will face the mammoth task of designing and cooking their own menu for 25 diners each. The celebrities must stand or fall on their own because in this game Marco’s help comes at a price.

On the evening itself the celebrities dish out the food and the diners dish out their scores. If the celebrities get into trouble they can ask for Marco’s help, but it comes at a price. For every minute he spends with them there’s a point deducted from their final score

And at the end of the night, in front of a packed restaurant, Marco reveals the results. The celebrity with the highest score gains automatic passage to the next round. The two remaining celebrities are then given the chance to plead for their survival. Marco saves one chef. The other suffers instant Kitchen Burnout. Ultimately only one can win.

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