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Re: Little Chef

Post by islandhopper » Fri Nov 28, 2008 14:15

I found Pinter's stage adaptation to be a rather dry interpretation and most definitely lacking the subtlety and wit of the original. Kenneth Branagh's performance was quietly unsettling but he still couldn't quite pull off the hair.

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Re: Little Chef

Post by obo-bobolina » Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:45

I right fancy a go on a Little Chuff Olympic Breakie (swap the eggs for hash browns thank you muchly). I'm starving!
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Woodbine » Mon Dec 15, 2008 20:33

Never mind the ox cheeks (shudder), I'm more worried about the 'drizzle of olive oil and grated vegetarian'. That Heston is certainly 'out there' with his culinary avenues of exploration.
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Braised ox cheeks in red wine sauce with mushrooms, £9.75; Beer and vegetable casserole, mustard dumplings, served with chopped parsley, a drizzle of olive oil and grated vegetarian, Italian-style hard cheese, £7.50
I hope they've kept the soaps with the Little Chef carved into them, they were most pleasing. Apart from when the carving became ingrained with the dirt from other people's hands.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Concrete » Tue Dec 16, 2008 18:56

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm gagging to try out Little Chef mussels with white wine sauce. I'll have to find out where my local Little Chef is...

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Re: Little Chef

Post by Big Nose » Tue Jan 20, 2009 13:45

Little Chef manager on C4 last night
I've got a Little Chef orientated brain
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Jan 20, 2009 14:13

Big Nose wrote:Little Chef manager on C4 last night
I've got a Little Chef orientated brain
I really enjoyed that programme, and I like Heston Blumental too. The CEO of Little Chef was just a pig headed wanker, and arrogant to boot ('I could get any celebrity chef, but we picked you'). The company is fucked, but nowhere near beyond help and it just needs a bit of a shake up really, and a bit of money spent upgrading the bedraggled outlets. It's a bit tricky but Heston seemed to completely discard the current customers with slightly outrageous (but still mellow for him) food when I think all people really want is good quality food well cooked and timeless favourites. I'm looking forward to see how this pans out tonight - from the sneak preview it looks like more strops and slanging matches on the way.

The Little Chef manager getting all upset and hissy about Heston's chef's was funny mind.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Sylvie » Tue Jan 20, 2009 15:20

Wheatabeat wrote:It's a bit tricky but Heston seemed to completely discard the current customers with slightly outrageous (but still mellow for him) food when I think all people really want is good quality food well cooked and timeless favourites.
To be fair to him, what was he meant to do when the CEO is saying one thing and the restaurant staff/general public are saying the opposite? Ian Pegler was complaining that his menu wasn't exciting enough...yet the customers thought that what he had already created was really weird. It begs the questions: why Heston Blumenthal?

Interestingly, Ian Pegler was sacked by Little Chef's previous owners and only rejoined since it was sold. I don't think he has a clue about revamping brands and seemed completely out of touch. How did he expect Blumenthal to create a menu without the relevant facts and figures to set a budget?

I reckon they'll get Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to give the interior an overhaul next....
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Jan 20, 2009 15:56

Sylvie wrote: Interestingly, Ian Pegler was sacked by Little Chef's previous owners and only rejoined since it was sold. I don't think he has a clue about revamping brands and seemed completely out of touch. How did he expect Blumenthal to create a menu without the relevant facts and figures to set a budget?
Yeah, that was ludicrous wasn't it! It's the fundamentals for any business and a square to start on. Some of the errors that Little Chef are making are criminally obvious; the pricing is way out for starters (no pun intended). For a tenner I expect a nice meal, not overcooked meat and frozen chips deep fried. For £3.99 or less I'd perhaps go for that. Maybe they should have actually headhunted Wetherspoons' Chief Exec, because they do know how to hit correct price points, even if the product (food in this case) is a bit iffy.

Blumenthal is a funny one to do this (It's a bit Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, no?), which is what got my back up about the arrogant 'We could get any celebrity chef' boast. I'm really curious to see how this pans out as it looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jan 20, 2009 15:58

Heston Bloomingtiles has got a right smackable face though, hasn't he?

And call me old fashioned but I don't want my tea to look like a goth gig.

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Re: Little Chef

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Jan 20, 2009 16:06

a layer of chips wrote: And call me old fashioned but I don't want my tea to look like a goth gig.
I thought that was some right 'Blue Sky Thinking' myself Sam.

That sounds like the name of a prog album.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by linus » Tue Jan 20, 2009 16:39

that pegler does seem a bit- how do you say?- of a 'one'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009 ... ian-pegler

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Re: Little Chef

Post by alex_cornetto » Tue Jan 20, 2009 17:00

Did anyone else notice that the first Little Chef he had a meal at near the beginning of last night's episode was the one in Alfreton that was attached to the Travelodge where a fair few Anoraks stayed for Indietracks? Of all the Little Chefs in the country, I wonder why they picked that one...

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Re: Little Chef

Post by Concrete » Tue Jan 20, 2009 21:30

linus wrote:that pegler does seem a bit- how do you say?- of a 'one'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009 ... ian-pegler
Come on now, he speaks very highly of Ruth Madoc (who, by the way, he once met).

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Re: Little Chef

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Jan 20, 2009 23:05

Concrete wrote: Come on now, he speaks very highly of Ruth Madoc (who, by the way, he once met).
Ohhhhhh is that who he meant?

I feel slightly underwhelmed that the re-done Olympic brekkie is errr, the same one but with 3 droplets of balsamic vinegar on the fried eggs.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Jan 20, 2009 23:29

Wheatabeat wrote:Some of the errors that Little Chef are making are criminally obvious; the pricing is way out for starters (no pun intended). For a tenner I expect a nice meal, not overcooked meat and frozen chips deep fried.
That's not an error. It's their business model, selling overpriced food to people who can't go anywhere else within a reasonable distance.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by Wheatabeat » Wed Jan 21, 2009 00:39

Sootyzilla wrote: That's not an error. It's their business model, selling overpriced food to people who can't go anywhere else within a reasonable distance.
Well they clearly are going elsewhere, hence why there's no fecker going to them any more. People as a whole are driven by price and value for money. Their business model worked a treat up until a certain point. That point was probably the minute Ian Peglar walked in.

I'm looking forward to checking out their new 'wow' dishes like Eggs Benedict.
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Re: Little Chef

Post by wyvern » Thu Jan 22, 2009 15:20

None of those businesses he has been involved with have done well in recent years....
Why can't people see that those people are the cause of the recession/business failure?
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