Did we like it?
In a banquet of overblown kitchen hi-jinks drama, some of the courses were hard to swallow, but most of the meal was a tasteful/tasteless treat.
What was good about it?
• There was plenty of drama in a swanky Glasgow restaurant’s sweltering kitchen. Sex, lies, feuds, egos, revenge and violence boiled away.
• Eddie Izzard performed well as the celeb chef who downs vodka in order to cope with biting off more than he can chew.
• James Young as central character Danny Swift. The Steven Gerrard lookalike played the role with quiet determination. Danny needed to succeed in his job to stay out of jail and, throughout the four-hour film, had to leap over hurdles, and take the blows from Glasgow’s nastiest, to complete his mission.
• A great range of characters, especially the nasty probation officer (Frank Gallagher) who ate like a demented bird, his sex-starved wife, the sadistic sous-chef/closeted homosexual, and the bitter food critic (played superbly by Sian Phillips).
• Snorting cocaine through penne. Seems impractical but it served to show the pressure the young chefs were put under in the Cosimo kitchen.
What was bad about it?
• Many of writer Simon Ashdown’s plot twists were totally unbelievable and the cliché count was dangerously high, nearly wrecking the whole film.