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  • Actors: Lenny Henry
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 553 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEZ7N4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

All 19 episodes of the British comedy series starring Lenny Henry as Gareth Blackstock, the volatile chef of the Chateau Anglais restaurant. Episodes comprise: 'Personnel', 'Beyond The Pass', 'Subject to Contract', 'The Big Cheese', 'Fame is the Spur', 'Rice and Peas', 'A River Runs Thru It', 'Time Flies', 'Do the Right Thing', 'A Diploma of Miseries', 'Masterchef', 'Private Lives', 'England Expects', 'When Janice Left Gareth', 'The Owner's Daughter', 'Divorce?', 'Gareth's Father', 'Rochelle' and 'Paris or Jamaica?'.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anthony Waithe on 19 Oct. 2007
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Chef is a brilliant series, but like most series its brilliance faded in the third season. Once the program returned to cable, I thought I had to buy it. I was disappointed to find that in the middle of the Big Cheese episode some strange editing had taken place, which spoilt it for me. Hopefully my patience will pay off and the BBC will correct this error and produce new box sets......The series is DEF 4/5 STARS....the box set only gets 3
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D Edwards on 20 April 2007
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Possibly the most underrated mainstream BBC comedy ever (Mrs Merton & Malcolm isn't too far behind). Check out the many comments posted under the original single series DVDs if you're not familar. Series 1 (Superb), Series 2 (Very Good), Series 3 (Disappointing) - otherwise it would have been 5 stars! Worth the money for the first two discs alone (just be aware that the classic Big Cheese episode might have been heavily edited for some unknown reason, if the boxed set version has not restored it). Lenny's finest hour, with great writing, supporting cast and an original idea. If you're a bit of a foodie, this comic view from the kitchen is not to be missed. What would Gordon and Marco think?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sheikh on 14 Aug. 2009
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These 3 series demonstrate Lenny Henry's comedy genius. They are not a collection of unconnected laughs, but have a well-constructed, fluent and interesting story line which keeps you inclined to the fortunes of Chef, his wife and their restaurant, Le Chateau Anglais.

There is no need to resort to vulgarity to get laughs, but there are some scenes which mean this is not for children; e.g. Chef tries to get his leg over an old flame only to find his estranged wife at home.

I must admit that I also gained a greater appreciation for the type of French cooking portrayed in the series which I had not expected.

So there's plenty to like; funny as you would expect, interesting storyline irrespective of the laughs, and you gain some knowledge. That's more than you get from your usual comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yd1 on 2 Nov. 2010
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This is a great series and the box set is worth the money, however, one very big disappointment in Series 1 'The Big Cheese' episode. The best part of that episode has been cut out which for me ruined the entire episode. For those who have not seen the episode in full - Chef goes to a farm to buy some contraband 'Unpastuerized British Stilton' which has been deemed illegal by the Government, however, the farm is being watched by the Police as the farm is also selling drugs. This is a key part of the episode as one of the kitchen staff is buying drugs from the farm & the Police think it's Chef. Chef ends up bribing the Police with free meals at the Chateau. The connection between Chef's dialogue when he returns to the kitchen with the prized 'Stilton' is totally lost and the joke falls flat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Etaoin Shrdlu on 9 Feb. 2011
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This episode can be found, in all its pristine and uncut Stiltony glory, at Amazon's US website. Both the individual Series 1 and the complete boxed set are available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Garner on 3 Jun. 2014
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Let me start off by saying Chef is quite a good comedy with a good ensemble cast. Unfortunately the producers decided to put a canned laughter track on it and, for me, this makes it intolerable. This practice, as we know, has existed on US comedy shows for decades but as a general rule not in British productions. British comedy is often filmed in front of a studio audience which gives it a natural feel. Why do producers have such little faith in their product or such disrespect for their audience that they feel they need to be prompted to laugh by canned laughter?
Laughter, of the genuine variety, can be infectious. Canned laughter serves no other purpose than to irritate the audience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ShepherdSpy on 12 Oct. 2009
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Overall,I enjoyed Lenny Henry's exploits as the Tyrannical,Michelin Starred Chef,Gareth Blackstock, with his ranting Mercurial temper,and Well hidden sentimental Heart..I wondered did this Series set out to do for the Kitchens of Eating establishments and their Staff in the 90's what Fawlty Towers did for Hotels in the 70's!..(To say nothing of Inspiring other TV Chefs?!) To take a cooking Analogy,it's a bit of a "Curate's Egg"...good in parts...
Blackstock is a Top of his Game Chef,and the Series starts with him as an Employee of a company owning the restaurant "Le Chateau Anglais" which goes under,and then it develops with He and his Long Suffering Wife Janice taking on the buyout of the place and running it.. then later,having difficulties themselves,they then get bought out by a wealthy Businessman...The constantly changing staff,though reflective of the pressure real kitchen staff work under,doesn't work so well with a sitcom scenario,IMO..it gave the series a bit of a disjointed feel..(Lola/Gustav?)You were getting to know characters,and soon after they were gone,unremarked for the most part,and then replaced.Apart from Gareth's former Schoolmate and friend Everton who came looking for a Job,and stayed for the Run of the Show..The ups and downs of his relationship with Janice as well as the running of the business kept things Moving and for the most part interesting..A few of the highlights for Me would be the Visit from Gareth's estranged Father,and Everton getting centre stage for his knowledge of Caribbean Cuisine to try and impress him, Everton's cousin's Wedding at the Restaurant at the time of a Separation with Janice,and Gareth encountering an old crush again..And Gareth's experience with a TV Crew in his Kitchen! If You've worked in a Restaurant or Kitchen,or wondered what was behind the scenes,this series should (If You wanted it!) bring it all back..
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