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McCririck cooks up a stir at 'Hell's Kitchen'

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McCririck cooks up a stir at 'Hell's Kitchen'

McCririck vs Rhodes

Racing pundit John McCririck caused tempers to flare all round when he dined at Hell's Kitchen last night.

The Channel 4 racing presenter arrived at the restaurant with his wife 'Booby' in tow, as well as a picnic hamper filled with expensive food.

"People have been carried out of here without food," he explained. "It's starvation. I've got lobster, crab, this is a normal dinner for me.

"We hear people have been carried out of here gasping for food so I wasn't going to starve tonight. Victor Meldrew was carried out on a stretcher because he was so starving and I didn't want to end up a grumpy old man like him so I decided to bring my own food."

Having indulged in their starters from Gary Rhodes' menu, McCririck ventured over to the red kitchen to deliver his verdict. After disagreeing over the time it took for him to be served, he declared: "The potato was like Smash - the scallops were nice because they were well done. The sauce was not the sauce that goes with scallops. I'm no expert although I worked for 11 months in the Dorchester Kitchens."

Rhodes replied: "I think you were 20 years' short of experience to give me comments like that."

McCririck, who was known for being forthcoming with his misogynistic viewers while on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, then ventured over to the blue pass to pay the second chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, a visit.

"I don't like you, I think you're a pig," Novelli told him promptly. "The way you treat your wife is very unfair."

"But I'm a punter," McCririck replied, "is that how you treat your customers?"

Novelli hit back: "Well you're a pig - I treat you the way you treat your wife. Just f**k off, just go away."

As McCririck started to walk away, Novelli added: "Just f**k off. Good boy. I don't like the f**ker. I don't like the way he treats his wife."

Shocked, McCririck returned to his table, where he told Booby: "The Frenchman, bloody cheek, said he doesn't like me because of the way I treat my wife. I'm a customer. Bloody Frenchman - they want us to join the common market, it's potty, they want us to join up to the Euro. I've never heard anything like it. Luckily we didn't go with the blue kitchen."

The scenes will be shown in full on Hell's Kitchen, tonight at 9pm on ITV1.

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