Cooking up a Storm

 Daytime cooking TV and strong language

17th December

Potty Mouthed Whinger...

Complainant appeals about a single word in a daytime cookery show

Saturday Kitchen book A daytime episode of Saturday Kitchen in which Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli swore while preparing his idea of food hell breached language guidelines, the BBC's Editorial Standards Committee (ESC) found.

Tonioli used the word 'f******' ('fucking'?), while making an oxtail dish, rather than his idea of food heaven.

The show's host James Martin, immediately apologised in the programme, which was broadcast on BBC1 on December 15 last year. Tonioli also apologised, saying: Sorry, sorry it's passion.

A viewer complained to the BBC and later to the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU).

The ECU acknowledged the use of strong language was not appropriate and breached standards - and mitigating factors were also outlined such as the show being live and the guest's disappointment at having to eat an oxtail dish. The ECU regarded the complaint as resolved on the grounds that the programme's response to the incident was sufficient.

The complainant did not agree and an appeal was made to the ESC. The ESC upheld the complaint about bad language, saying it was serious and should not have occurred. But it was satisfied that the actions of the programme team meant no further action was needed.

The ESC found that guests had been given a sufficient pre-broadcast warning about conduct and language and that the programme had been prompt to apologise. It noted Martin's comment at the end of the show, in which he said: ...and Bruno, while you are tasting that, you deserve to get hell for your potty mouth. Everybody at home, I can only apologise for the language of my guest. Of course, it's his Italian passion.


25th May

Update: Treading on Eggshells...

Whinges about strong language in Saturday morning cookery show

Saturday Kitchen book During the live broadcast of Saturday Kitchen at about 10am, restaurant owner Eric Chavot uttered the dread word 'fucking' which has since attracted 40 complaints.

Chavot, who runs the two-Michelin-starred The Capital in London, was preparing to go head-to-head against fellow guest Vivek Singh in the omelette-making contest on Saturday's show.

Keen to beat his rival, and perhaps somewhat overcome by the pressure, Chavot said: I am going to f***ing beat you at this.

The show's host James Martin was visibly shocked but quickly apologised for his guest. He repeated this apology several times prompting Chavot to admit he was sorry, but damage had already been done.

The BBC, which has issued its own apology, confirmed that it has received 40 complaints.

A BBC spokeswoman said: On this edition of Saturday Kitchen which is a live programme, guest chef Eric Chavot, whilst participating in the programme's omelette cooking competition, forgot where he was and used offensive language.
James Martin. We are very sorry if any viewers were offended by this. James Martin the presenter of the programme immediately apologised to viewers and Eric himself also gave a sincere apology.

The BBC has since banned the program from its iPlayer service.


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