Saturday Kitchen is becoming tedious now

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“Saturday Kitchen is becoming tedious now”

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written by annabelfg on 22/04/2023

I have been a long term fan of Saturday Kitchen but it's now being trivialised by the overloud and constant laughter of Matt Tebutt. There are some excellent chefs who appear on this programme, probably the main reason why most viewers tune in, but their value is being undermined by the increasingly shallow nature of the programme.

The giggling interaction between MT and Helen McGinn makes her look very silly and I don't really listen to her wine recommendations now - and too many stupid references to rosé too. On the other hand Olly Smith obviously has a long friendship with MT but comes over as approachable and measured (and excellent at his profession), somehow balancing MT's increasingly over-loud and often inappropriate laughter.

The appearance of Alex Jones (who was a delight) as a guest host was very welcome - not only because of her on-air professionalism but also because it brought the programme back to what I consider its original remit: that of a food programme that highlights some of the best chefs around and gives culinary inspiration to viewers - and not just a prime time slot for MT to show off. To be honest, I'm more inclined to watch James Martin on ITV now.

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