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Exeter restaurant pair's new TV show

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: February 04, 2010

TV STARS: James Night- Pacheco and Alasdair Hooper are to feature in the BBC 2 reality show Out Of The Frying Pan

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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.

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    Aimee, Exeter  |  February 04 2010, 5:11PM

    Great news lads! Do it for Devon :)

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    James, St Leonards  |  February 04 2010, 3:23PM

    Couple of talentless no-marks. GET OFF MY TELEVISION!