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Simon Cowell’s Food Glorious Food Not the X Factor

Simon Cowell’s Food Glorious Food competition was good but not quite at the X Factor level, says this columnist from MSN TV. The show, Food Glorious Food, is a competition to see who can produce the best dish.  The winner gets their dish sold through all the Marks and Spencer stores. For culinary fanatics, the show is a must-see.



Food Glorious Food is ITV’s new culinary series aiming to find the nation’s best home-cooked dish.

The show, from Simon Cowell’s production company, utilises a panel of four food experts: gastronome Lloyd Grossman, WI cookery teacher Anne Harrison, posh food critic Tom Parker Bowles (yes, the stepson of Prince Charles) and Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart.

The winner’s creation will then be stocked in every branch of Marks & Spencer.


For me, it was the moment grumpy Anne said one contestant’s “dragon pie” was a delicious and inventive dish, awarding its likable Welsh creator with a rosette.


You’ll naturally like some contestants more than others, but the biggest downer for me was the hour-long timeslot. I got a little bored in the last quarter, but at least it’s not an overindulgent 90-minute marathon like Splash!

Full review

Simon Cowell’s production company is behind Food Glorious Food, which explains why it feels very much like X Factor for amateur chefs.

The pacing and editing evoked memories of X Factor audition episodes, but instead of self-deluded, tone-deaf fools murdering I Believe I Can Fly, viewers were treated to dotty women crushing cabbages with their bare feet.

Presented by Countdown’s Carol Vorderman (who’s only counting the money these days), Food Glorious Food kicked off in the pretty spa town of Malvern in Worcestershire.

It was obvious from the start that the show intends to play on an audience’s sense of cultural idealism.

The competition takes place in a fete environment full of marquees and bunting, not entirely dissimilar to The Antiques Roadshow, only with a brass band soundtrack.

At one point a gaggle of geese straight from the pages of a Beatrix Potter book even waddled across the screen (I imagined they’d been kicked into action by an off-camera flunky). It was all very sublime.

The food factor

Food Glorious Food did exactly what you expect from a show with that title, co-produced by Syco. And if I were a retailer, I wouldn’t be happy about all the free advertising for Marks & Spencer…

Overall, there was nothing new and innovative about this series; it was just a crossbreed of other successful Simon Cowell shows mixed with a combination of other successful BBC shows – The Great British Bake Off meets X Factor with a tincture of Masterchef.

Still, I can’t deny how attractive everything was.

Read more at: http://tv.uk.msn.com/what-to-watch/simon-cowells-food-glorious-food-isnt-quite-the-x-factor

Simon Cowell does music-related shows very well — should he stay out of the kitchen? Would you watch foodlight? Or would you rather have a food fight?  What do you think about all this — should Simon Cowell stick to the music industry?

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