Series 1 - Episode 1

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Marco hits the road in his Battle Truck – a specially designed mobile kitchen where the couples will have to cook and serve their tastiest dish.

The chef and front-of-house teams have just 30 minutes to create their very best meal, present it in style and win a place in the next round. Marco is hard to please, so each couple has to come up with a spectacular dish to get him and the crowd on their side, and to stand any chance of getting through the stages.

The Battle Truck starts its journey in Yorkshire before heading to Covent Garden in London. And if the teams won’t come to him, Marco goes to them, surprising some couples at their own restaurants and making them cook their best dishes on their home turf.

The teams are fighting for a place in the final 12, where they will go head to head in a unique eating environment – the Battle Kitchen. Here, with three restaurants under one roof, the couples will serve 75 diners an amazing three-course meal. Which restaurant partnerships have the passion, the skills, the menu and the drive to impress Marco and the public?

Marco’s search begins where his career started, in Leeds, where he samples the hospitality and haute cuisine of the north. He sets up in the city centre, inviting the very best applicants to get the chance to cook for him in person.

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  • Tom

    almost 2 years ago

    Tom

    Crashes every time I get to the Lidle advert. Really unimpressive.

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  • Gonzo

    almost 2 years ago

    Gonzo

    I think that anyone waving a knife around to seem more powerful and intimidating is creating a terrible image for young people and adults alike. Next we will have presenters on Crime Watch waving guns around the studio. This is such a terrible mistake from the production, not sure if any of these people will ever have jobs again. team

  • Brian Hopeless Cook

    almost 2 years ago

    Brian Hopeless Cook

    I like Marco, but would prefer his knife work to stay on the cutting board. It makes me feel uncomfortable to see it being waved around - it is a small stage with nervous chefs running about. Lose it and I will respect you more!

  • Dave

    almost 2 years ago

    Dave

    Crash's every time we hit the Ad's. What is it with Channel 5 and the Ad's that kill the program. Also he is really getting on my nerves waving that knife around.

  • Laura

    almost 2 years ago

    Laura

    I'm not disputing that MPW is not a great Chef. What I do not like is the knife business. Its not only uneccessary I find it offensive. The knife may be part of his trade but if anyone else walked around brandishing a knife in public they would be locked up. And whats with messages being removed by the moderator? Whats the point of a forum when comments are removed?

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  • YewDancer

    almost 2 years ago

    YewDancer

    Stop waving that knife around, surprised health and safety not had a fit. If I remember correctly, Marco trained Gordon Ramsay, where do you think Gordon got his bite.

  • James

    almost 2 years ago

    James

    This really is such a pile of nonsense. i got bored half ay through the first episode. I also think he looks a complete plum waving his knife around all the time.

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  • tezquinten

    almost 2 years ago

    tezquinten

    Knife crime is a very serious problem in this country, so why does Marco P.W. think it is OK to appear on T.V. and in public brandishing a knife in front of the contestants on his programme. He is setting a poor example and needs to drop the knife.

  • Lesley H

    almost 2 years ago

    Lesley H

    I really wanted to watch this but thought the knife was too much and quite intimidating. He does not need it! He is a great chef and it is a good programme which I will not watch again because the views of the knife put me off. Sorry Marco - whoever is advising you is wrong!

  • rob

    almost 2 years ago

    rob

    every time I try to watch demand 5 i get the ads & then it stops, I don't have problems with BBC Iplayer or 4OD. come on five sort yourself out.

  • likkle

    almost 2 years ago

    likkle

    the knife is his signature thing. How isit a bad example? Everything is way too political. He's by far one of the best chefs ever.

  • paul

    almost 2 years ago

    paul

    good program but what's with the knife? If It's not needed for the cooking it shouldn't be waved about. Bad example.

  • Gibber1980

    almost 2 years ago

    Gibber1980

    Marco Pierre White- The Mr Darcy of the cookery world!

  • ProfKay

    almost 2 years ago

    ProfKay

    HAHAHA. Michael White; it's "their" not "there" perhaps YOU should actually learn some proof reading skills of your own before mocking others? Food for thought!

  • Jimmy

    almost 2 years ago

    Jimmy

    I agree with the others...This programme will not play??? Keeps freezing. It works fine for the compulsory advert at the beginning! Surprise Surprise!! Shameful channel 5, shameful.

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  • Bev

    almost 2 years ago

    Bev

    completely disappointed demand 5! tried to watch this several times only to end up watching adverts then programme not working!

  • rachel

    almost 2 years ago

    rachel

    picture keeps freezing ... wont play .... !!!!

  • Ian Wharton

    almost 2 years ago

    Ian Wharton

    Good to see Leeds again, my home town. great to see Marco back on the box.

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  • Ch5 strikes again

    almost 2 years ago

    Ch5 strikes again

    wont even play

  • Helen Shields

    almost 2 years ago

    Helen Shields

    Picture keeps freezing.

  • jono

    almost 2 years ago

    jono

    enjoyed the programe some what, didn't think marco was as hard and blunt as he normialy would be. but it was off to a good start, about time we saw him on tv again, my persional feel about marco is he's another keith floyd, impulsive, honest, and has that dry witty sense of humour, keep up the good work marco.

  • Tim

    almost 2 years ago

    Tim

    @Michael,...How rude of you to to take a snipe at someone, for the way they spell etc!..Your comment has a big mistake in it! good to see Marco back on the box!

  • Sum one That cooks

    almost 2 years ago

    Sum one That cooks

    some people are a little "techy" on here, I agree with what Michael said, but with that said I cant believe people are looking forward to the next episode, I have never watched such a pile of rubbish in all my life, I wont be watching the next episode, Marco's feedback on all that appeared was lacking any educational authority he posessed in the culinary world.

  • Victoria

    almost 2 years ago

    Victoria

    Doug - Don't take any notice as Michael ironically makes an obvious spelling mistake in his own post! I do understand that it makes for difficult reading when people don't use the correct spelling or punctuation, but also realise some people are dyslexic so there is no need to be so judgemental. It is a bit of a bugbear when people don't use a comma, full stop or start a sentence with a capital letter (this is not aimed at you by the way) as these are basic literacy skills and I personally blame instant messaging, texting and sometimes bad/lazy teaching.

  • matthew

    almost 2 years ago

    matthew

    they were recording in cardiff and my class teacher managed to ask Marco if we could be recorded so my class might end up on the Cardiff episode.

  • doug

    almost 2 years ago

    doug

    Thanks Michael for calling me a plonker i am dyslexic so think before post your comments!!!

  • Victoria

    almost 2 years ago

    Victoria

    Hope Channel 5 hurry up and put this on demand. Been looking forward to watching this all week then had a phone call just as it started and missed the lot! Marco is a fantastic chef and I have a lot of respect and admiration for him - none of this shouting/swearing/belittling people like some chefs!

  • tim

    almost 2 years ago

    tim

    talk about people whinging!...Marco's knife waving is a gimmick, nothing more nothing less!... @Scott..it's a kitchen,...not the streets, ...got nothing to do with glamourising knives that's ridiculous!

  • Scott VP

    almost 2 years ago

    Scott VP

    How irresponsible of Channel 5 letting MPW wave that sharp knife about like a conductor! Have you lost the plot? Not only does it glamourise knives but it's dangerous! It looked like a contestant almost had her eye taken out when she lunged forward for a celebratory hug! Absolutely shocking. It's not a sensible attempt at a show trademark, and besides Gordon Ramsay already is associated with the knife in the kitchen on his other shows!

  • Michael White

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael White

    Why is it that people cannot type properly or re-read there entry before posting it, to avoid sounding like right plonkers?

  • David James

    almost 2 years ago

    David James

    So, Marco Pierre White thinks it's a really good idea to waive a large kitchen knife around like a conductor's baton. Great example!

  • Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    almost 2 years ago

    Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    a SIMPLE MAN WITH A VIEW

  • Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    almost 2 years ago

    Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    The world of tv you will not meet me and never see my post

  • Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    almost 2 years ago

    Douglas wyatt a working man!!!

    Marco this is not you meet me a will tell you why .back to were you were from this would be great to view !!!

  • Ben Strange

    almost 2 years ago

    Ben Strange

    Excuse me, how *come* I can't watch the episodes online?

  • Ben Strange

    almost 2 years ago

    Ben Strange

    How I can't watch the episodes online? I don't have a TV (I'm away at Uni) and I would really love to see it.

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  • danielle alzahabi

    almost 2 years ago

    danielle alzahabi

    can not wait! I love him

  • Ryan Lawrence

    almost 2 years ago

    Ryan Lawrence

    it was an amazing experience as a student to help one of the chefs in the show, marco is a great guy, and the chef worked for was actually amazing!

  • Andy Richards

    almost 2 years ago

    Andy Richards

    Cant wait to watch the programme, Great to see Marco back on our screens

  • olivier guyard-mulkerrin

    almost 2 years ago

    olivier guyard-mulkerrin

    It was a privilege to cook for Marco in the battle truck. I have waited 19 years to cook for the great man

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