JJ and James are the winners of BBC Two’s The Restaurant. In the final show they secured the dream prize of joining Raymond Blanc and his partners Sarah Willingham and David Moore in opening a new restaurant.
JJ and James said: “We’re over the moon to be beginning one of the greatest journeys of our lives.
“To be opening a restaurant with Raymond Blanc is a dream come true and we hope we can live up to his expectations and those of industry experts Sarah and David.
The Restaurant opens its doors for a third series, as world-renowned chef, Raymond Blanc, along with partners David Moore and Sarah Willingham, is on the hunt for a couple to back in a new venture. This time, all three are investing their own money in the winners’ restaurant, so the stakes are high from the off.
Michele English (34) and Russell Clement (30) are the winners of BBC Two’s The Restaurant.
In last night’s final they triumphed to win the once-in-a-lifetime prize of joining Raymond Blanc in opening a new restaurant.
Michele and Russell have an exciting few months ahead of them as they source a restaurant with Raymond.
While doing this, and planning for its launch next year, they will have the opportunity to gain even more experience and knowledge to further their development in every skill needed to open a restaurant by spending some time training at Brasserie Blanc in Bristol.
Last week, nine couples lined up to take part in the ongoing challenge to open a restaurant good enough to impress Raymond Blanc. Just eight restaurants were prepared for launch night, and only seven actually opened. James and Alasdair’s dream was halted at the last moment by a gas leak. Mike and Harriet’s Blue Goose opened its doors to the public, but with such catastrophic results that Raymond has already warned them that they’re in real danger of being closed. Read more & comment »
As world-renowned chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc returns to BBC Two for a new series of The Restaurant, he shares his culinary vision with Catharine Davey.
Born in Besancon, France, in 1949, Raymond is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. His exquisite cooking has received tributes from every national and international guide to culinary excellence and his hotel and restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, in Great Milton, Oxford, is the only country-house hotel in the UK to have received two Michelin stars for a total of 22 years.
Raymond began his love affair with gastronomy at an early age, learning a respect for the natural world from his parents. Read more & comment »
World-renowned chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc returns to BBC Two for The Restaurant, the series in which nine couples battle it out for a once in a lifetime opportunity to open a new restaurant with him.
Passionate Blanc will be hands-on in his role as master restauranteur. To inspire the couples for each week’s challenges, he will share and demonstrate his creative talents with them in a search to find the pair with the flair, enthusiasm and abilities necessary to succeed in the tough but hugely rewarding world to which he has dedicated his life.
Each couple competes to prove they have the vision and talent to create their perfect restaurant and open it to the paying public. They must turn their business into a success or risk facing one of Raymond’s rigorous challenges. Read more & comment »