Plate Expectations

BBC Two’s factual entertainment offering is expanding, with the commission of two new spin-off shows from The Restaurant – Raymond Blanc; Step By Step and Plate Expectations (working titles).

Raymond Blanc; Step By Step will dish up an accompaniment to The Restaurant for the channel in the form of a cookery series from the show’s star and world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc.

Plate Expectations will follow series two runners-up, Alasdair and James, as they go it alone as event caterers.

Always minutes away from disaster in the show, they have since been taken under Raymond’s wing, learning the trade at one of his top restaurants. Now it’s time to see whether they can tell their caviar from their calamari as they cater for a different event each week.

Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, says: “The Restaurant is a popular, well-established programme with lots of potential for expansion and I think these two new series will complement and enhance the brand.”

Both shows were commissioned by Mirella Breda, Executive Editor for Entertainment Commissioning, and will be produced by BBC Vision Productions. The executive producers are Chloe Solomon (Raymond Blanc; Step By Step and The Restaurant) and Rachel Arnold (Plate Expectations).

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