Series 1 - Episode 3

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Marco’s search for the couple that he thinks is running the UK’s best restaurant hots up as the Battle Kitchen opens its doors to the first three semi-finalist couples. This specially-designed, super-sized restaurant is a tough challenge – with three kitchens housed under one roof, and each couple charged with the task of cooking for and serving their own set of 25 diners.

The diners are Marco’s eyes, ears and tastebuds, and will pull no punches with their feedback, but ultimately Marco is the judge and will decide which couple has got the culinary flair and superb service towin a place in the Grand Finale.

First to compete in the semi-finals are Olivier and Sheila of Les Saveurs, John and Julia of The Leatherne Bottel, and Rosaria and Maurizio of The Italian Club Fish. Each couple has to design a three-course menu, using one ingredient specified by Marco for the main-course protein. It's no mean feat, especially as they only have enough ingredients to make the exact number of portions for the 25 diners in each restaurant: if they mess up a dish, they won’t be able to replace it.

With only four hours to prepare their menu and one hour and forty-five minutes to serve it, which couple will have the skills, stamina and strategy to make it through to the grand finale?

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  • Series 1 - Episode 4

    A tough heat sees teams from London and Lincoln compete, but will they all deliver on flavour and service?

    Available until 23:59 1 Jan 2021

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  • Series 1 - Episode 2

    With five places remaining in his final 12, Marco's taste tour continues in Liverpool, Scotland and Cardiff.

    Available until 23:59 1 Jan 2021

  • Series 1 - Episode 1

    Marco's Battle Truck stops off in Leeds and London as the search begins for the best chef and front-of-house team.

    Available until 23:59 1 Jan 2021

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Comments (25)

  • Anne Haynes

    over 1 year ago

    Anne Haynes

    Channel 5 you have some serious issues with playback. I watch catchup a lot but when it's on 5 I know it will freeze. What is wrong with your IT guys that you can't get this right? I have to end up watching on youtube as their playback is better. FIX IT! Every other uk channel has better connections. Do something.

  • Fred ascott

    almost 2 years ago

    Fred ascott

    Stop wielding the knife !!!. It's idiotic, give hime a soup ladle instead.

  • Alex

    almost 2 years ago

    Alex

    Marco's knife lol Who was it that said there is no problem with a tradesman showing off his tool's? which a chef has many. Next season he will be showing his whisk and it will be life threatening.

  • Keith

    almost 2 years ago

    Keith

    This is an entertaining cooking program. But you learn no more about cooking than you would by watchin Big Brother. I really do wonder why the producers of such programs think the passing on of a little knowledge is too highbrow.

  • Jenny

    almost 2 years ago

    Jenny

    @r kean, yes we do know the difference thanks !

  • r kean

    almost 2 years ago

    r kean

    The female voiceover seems to have replaced restaurateur (the owner and manager of a restaurant) with restauranteur (not a word)

  • Jenny

    almost 2 years ago

    Jenny

    @Jilly - whether he is an aggressive man or not isn't the question, it is WHY is he wielding a knife anyway ? as a gimmick you say, well it just isn't appropriate, it's totally random and I'm surprised he's agreed to do it, he looks idiotic ! @Sean - I have to agree about the Scottish/Italian ? lady, firstly she didn't play the game properly by foisting the desserts onto people before the time was up and secondly the singing was awful and cringe worthy ! (lol, I thought our family made that up !)

  • Sean

    almost 2 years ago

    Sean

    Marco is too good for this show, it seems it hasn't been directed, written, edited well at all, some parts are cringe worthy, I had to turn off when that bird with the huge bum started singing.

  • Jilly

    almost 2 years ago

    Jilly

    why do people keep on rattling on about Marco parading around with a Knife?..To some he may come across as an aggressive man, but actually he is far from it!...The knife wielding is no more than a gimmick!...Some of the comments are just ridiculous,..but there you go!

  • Tim

    almost 2 years ago

    Tim

    The program is obviously filmed in Wembley.Like the food but how come this bloke is allowed to walk about with a knife wielding it like it's a walking cane. Anyone who knows the area please comment!

  • mikey

    almost 2 years ago

    mikey

    anybody know anything bout the industry? marco was a 3 starred chef, lost interest in doing 17 hours a day and having no life so became more interested in the business side , he isnt interested in fancy over worked food he is only probs doing these shows so hes not forgotten and to pay for his 3 divorces, the guy doesnt even have a tv lol n btw im a big fan of his just stating facts

  • Jenny

    almost 2 years ago

    Jenny

    OMG ! Marco has really sold out this time ! is he so desperate for the money that he would willingly parade around wealding a nasty sharp knife looking for all the world like a cross between Ken Dodd andTommy Cooper ? It was laughable ! my husband and I kept exchanging amazed glances, we couldn't believe it. If this is supposed to be good telly then Channel 5 have seriously got it wrong. Marco is a very poor presenter, his cheffing skills are not up for debate, I'm sure he's very good but this program is too tense and aggresive for me, Marco turned into a freak show, him being the number one freak.

  • Ty

    almost 2 years ago

    Ty

    @Allyson,...hmm 3 Michelin Stars under his belt..and your calling him an idiot!...you don't get that kind of accolade being an idiot!...

  • lynn

    almost 2 years ago

    lynn

    we LOVE marco!

  • Stuart R Tree

    almost 2 years ago

    Stuart R Tree

    Brilliant Marco is by far the greatest Chef UK has produced, I worked with Marcos father Frank and young Marco aged 10/11 yrs old watched his his career from the start all the way up to the top

  • Damian Hunsley

    almost 2 years ago

    Damian Hunsley

    Stop it with the chefs knife Marco! I have never seen a head chef parade around like you.

  • sheila

    almost 2 years ago

    sheila

    love this man, the knife thing well its just his trade mark if u like.

  • allyson

    almost 2 years ago

    allyson

    i will never watch this programme again ... what an idiot !

  • allyson

    almost 2 years ago

    allyson

    Marco should stop waving the knife and he eats like a pig from his knife ... one of the first rules of table manners is not to eat from your knife !! Just shows his ignorance !!

  • louise bozward

    almost 2 years ago

    louise bozward

    wat chef eats of a chefs knife and walks aound waving it around, im a chef and in all my years iv never done that and have never seen a chef do it

  • Derek Grainger

    almost 2 years ago

    Derek Grainger

    This type of program seems to emphasise time to be more important than the food, no discerning customer goes into a restaurant and demands a meal to be the table in 15 minutes or they will leave the restaurant, and the knife he wealds should be classed as a effensive weapon and shoved together with his watch into the making of a very aggresive and obserd program

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  • Julia Laidler

    almost 2 years ago

    Julia Laidler

    I agree, but I really wish Marco would stop flicking the monstrous Chef's knife all the time!

  • mark ashworth

    almost 2 years ago

    mark ashworth

    Marco's better then gorden ramsey in all cooking tv shows he nos he stuff hands down

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