Marco’s Kitchen Burnout Review: White Good

April 16, 2010 by  
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MARCO’S KITCHEN BURNOUT: Friday 16th April, ITV1, 9.00pm ALERT ME

It’s not so much a sense, but a sledge-hammer of deja vu which cracks you over the head when you watch the first episode of Marco’s Kitchen Burnout.

For all intents and purposes this is simply a re-branding of Hell’s Kitchen but what the hey! It’s almost impossible to go wrong with cookery television these days, as Heston Blumenthal has proved time and time again.

In this new re-imagining of countless other shows, Marco Pierre White and his grotty desert scarf will be guiding three celebrities as they cook for a group of people. The people will mark the food. The person with the most points will go through to the next round. Marco will then decide which one of the remaining contestants he hates the most and send them packing. Etc etc…

This week’s players are TV presenter Donna Air, journalist Kelvin MacKenzie and Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree from Corrie) and they set about their task with refreshing vigour. This may be a well-trodden format but you can’t help but admire the fact that it’s still churning out decent programming.

Apart from the challenge of deciding whether you like Marco: Pro – He quite patient with the slebs. Con – He repeats everything ten times and insists on wearing that thing on his head? The other tantalising factor is the fact that the contestants can ‘buy’ a minute of the crazy chef’s time by sacrificing a point. Tactical cooking here we come!

With next week’s heat set to include Carol Smillie, Nancy Dell’Olio and Russell Grant, we could have an interesting competition shaping up.