TV STARS: James Night- Pacheco and Alasdair Hooper are to feature in the BBC 2 reality show Out Of The Frying Pan
REALITY TV chefs from Exeter will soon be cooking up a storm in a new show.
James Knight-Pacheco, 27, and his best friend Alasdair Hooper, 26, both from Exeter, were finalists on BBC 2’s The Restaurant in 2008, narrowly missing out on the prize of joining world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc in opening a new restaurant.
The business partners will return next month with their own BBC 2 show Out Of The Frying Pan, a six-part series which sees them cooking for a different event each week.
In the first episode they are flown out to the South of France to cook for a posh dinner party.
Only when they arrive do they realise that it is to be hosted by Duncan Bannatyne, of television’s Dragons’ Den fame, at his luxury villa.
The pair also find themselves cooking for Sandhurst cadets, on a super yacht and in a house with no kitchen.
Chef James, a former bouncer at the city’s Timepiece nightclub, said: “We feel very lucky to have been approached by the BBC and we are still pinching ourselves that we have our own show.
“We spent three months after The Restaurant working in Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir, in Oxfordshire, so we received excellent training.
“But it was very scary starting each day on Out of the Frying Pan as we had no idea what lay ahead.
“I am a huge fan of Duncan Bannatyne and when I realised it was him I would be cooking for I wanted to deliver the highest quality meal possible as he has eaten all over the world.
“There was no time to get star-struck, we just had to be professional and get on with it.”
And the lads are hoping to set up a restaurant a little closer to home one day.
Ali, a former cocktail waiter at Exeshed in Princesshay said the pair still had their own plans to run a business in Exeter.
He said: “The experiences of the last couple of years have been a great learning curve and we are always open to more TV, but we would really like to fulfil our dream of opening our own restaurant in the city.”
Out of the Frying Pan is to be aired on BBC 2 in early March.