We are coming towards the end of the Great British Menu now and as you would expect from a television show based upon competitive cookery featuring chefs doing battle and cheffing out of their pants (all under the close eye and noses of mentors and judges) well, there have been plenty of highs and lows. Particularly with regards to the scoring. Interestingly though, as this series has progressed, it is the scoring system itself that has come under closer scrutiny, rather than the dishes themselves. For the general public at least anyway. Some of them have been veritably baying for the blood of some of the overseeing chefs, such Tom Kerridge and Phil Howard.
“That raw tart didn’t deserve a 6/10!?” “5/10? What was wrong with that beautiful homage to her Grandmother?” “ You what? 10/10 for a deconstructed fish and chip dish that references the emancipation of women and looks like it’s been put together by a five year old? Ref! Are you blind?”
These are just some of the outcries that have been fired into the ether and across the Twitterverse, such is the passion and confusion surrounding the scoring. Thankfully, this week’s mentor, Daniel Clifford, shed some light on proceedings by eloquently announcing via a tweet:
“GBM SCORES: 1-2= s**t 3-4=mediocre 5-6=got legs 7-8=great potential 9=amazing food 10= banquet winner but to be fair what would I know.”
So, at least now we know. Or maybe we don’t. One thing is for certain, Mark Froydenlund must have been left scratching his head, wondering where he went wrong after delivering a stupendous Jerusalem themed pie, only to have his dessert marked down so severely (thus losing him his place for the final). I am sorry Mark, but if you are going to call your final sweet ‘Rice Pudding Hot and Cold’ then it really needs to taste of rice pudding. 6/10.