Secret Interview

Series 1 - Episode 1: Chefs


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This week, two young head chefs have the opportunity to secure a job working for Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. Richard, the mild mannered 24-year-old head chef of the Victoria pub in Westbury-on-Trym, and Rob the cocky 20-year-old head chef of The Bank in Bexleyheath, have no idea that Jason is watching their every move.

For Richard and Rob's first test, two actors pretend to be the world’s worst trainees in order to challenge our chefs' management skills. After hours of culinary mistakes, Rob fires our actor, but Richard relies on his boss to do his dirty work. What will Jason’s reaction be?

Next comes the pressure test. The ingredients are one fake food critic, sprinkled with a coach party of customers with a nightmare food order and garnished with a waitress who gets everything wrong. The result is a great deal of sweating, swearing and screaming. With a long day in the kitchen, a last-minute table of the fussiest customers ever drive both our young chefs to such distraction that they refuse to serve any more food – much to Jason Atherton's annoyance.

For their final challenge, Richard and Rob have to cook one of Jason's signature dishes for his own head chef. Mistakes and meltdowns are on the horizon, but from whom? And who will get the job that could transform their world?

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