Stefan Gates teaches parents to cook a restaurant-standard meal in 24 hours. Mum Kirstie from Glasgow attempts roast lamb, followed by a super-sticky butterscotch pudding.
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Meet the Disaster Chefs - parents who are rubbish at cooking.
They make things like this.
And foodie fanatic Stefan Gates is the only person who can help.
He's got just 24 hours to help them master
a two-course meal in a professional kitchen for some fierce critics.
Will they rise like a souffle or flop like a pancake?
Will it be Yumm or Yuck?
Start your blenders!
In the hot seat today is Disaster Chef extraordinaire
and mum of two Kirstie from Glasgow.
Eldest daughter 11-year-old Daisy isn't singing for her supper -
she's crying for help!
-KIRSTIE: Dinner's ready!
Mum specialises in one-pan wonders that go straight from pot to bin,
where they look slightly more appetising.
Doesn't look like anybody's eaten the chicken.
No idea why(!)
I refuse to eat it.
Daisy wants to be a teacher,
but mum Kirstie is on course to being an R-grade chef for ever.
R for rubbish.
This is good.
This is bad.
My mum is a rubbish cook.
She burns loads of things,
such as chips, chicken, ready meals, anything.
She left it too long on the grill,
and it is rock solid.
It's not just Daisy who thinks Kirstie should be in detention
for serving crummy, not yummy.
She switches things on full blast, leaves them alone,
I can smell burning, or the fire alarm goes off.
I've also set the kitchen alight on about two or three occasions,
and that's because I've left things, especially tea towels,
lying next to the hob.
Mum has set the bacon alight.
Why is the fire brigade on speed dial?
Well, it seems that Kirstie has a concentration problem.
"Ooh, look, a shiny thing!"
I try and do dishes that involve one pan.
I don't like cooking.
It's something I have to do, it's a necessity,
and I get distracted very easily.
When you're in the kitchen, you need to concentrate on cooking.
Dad often swoops to the rescue.
Kirstie's burned the bacon and passed it to me to take over.
I think Kirstie's speciality meal is oven chips -
straight into the oven, no hassle -
and then the chicken, ready-cooked, straight out of the packet.
Kirstie's less gourmet and more,
"Go on, I'll have a takeaway, thanks."
She wants to get better, though.
I'd love to be able to make something
that the family complimented me on.
A big ask, but what this Disaster Chef mum is yet to discover
is that, in 24 hours, she'll need to feed
three surprise judges restaurant-standard food
in a professional kitchen a bit like this one.
-'In a world where no kid is safe from disastrous dinners,
'lives a man on a lonely crusade to turn parents across the land
'into promising cooks.
'He is...the Stefanator!'
WEEDY VOICE: Y'all right?
Sorry, it's Stefan Gates to you and me -
a foodie adventurer whose culinary quests know no bounds.
Hi, Stef, come on in.
All right, Daisy, spill the beans - how bad is your mum at cooking?
She's very bad.
She burns most of it or, if she tries not to, she undercooks it.
I think I'm quite impatient, really,
and I want everything to be cooked quickly,
so I think I tend to turn up things too high,
and then they get overdone very quickly.
Yeah, just look at this, what she served us last night.
That is a travesty!
It's only rice! How can you get rice so wrong?!
We just forgot, remembered, and then the fire alarm went off.
This is...really awful.
Oh, you're so polite, Stefan.
So Stefan's heard how bad Kirstie is but it's time to see for himself.
It's the Rookie Challenge.
Kirstie must cook a simple mushroom omelette,
and, as she only needs one pan,
there shouldn't be - hur! - mush-room for mistakes!
You have exactly five minutes, starting...
now! KLAXON BLARES
Is there butter in an omelette?
Yes, of course there's butter in an omelette!
Stefan's such a FUN-GI. Sorry.
To make the perfect mushroom omelette -
chop mushrooms, throw them in a hot pan with butter,
fry till cooked, then remove.
Beat the eggs and pour them in,
tilting the pan so they spread evenly,
then bung in the mushrooms and cook till golden underneath. Easy!
Where do you put the butter?
"Where do you put the butter?!"
Water in an omelette? Milk?
Water... Water in an omelette, are you serious?!
Yep, she's doing it, and wannabe teacher Daisy's cracking the whip.
Oh, I don't know what to do with the butter!
You have two minutes and 40 seconds.
Daisy doesn't like mushrooms.
I think it's the way her mum treats them.
No! You don't do that to a mushroom!
Mushrooms plus water equals slime.
It's like adding snails to eggs.
Oh, no, now the...
Now the omelette's burning.
Were you attached to that pan?
Have you got smoke alarms?
You now have, officially, ten seconds left!
-..Four, three, two, one.
Put it on a plate!
Aw, it stinks!
That is an abomination.
So, it sort of looks vaguely egg-like on the top.
It's got a kind of strange, deathly grey look to it here as well.
Hey, Stefan, at least she's not burn it.
Oh, no, hang on.
-Look at that.
The perfect omelette shouldn't really look like this.
My friend Morag prepared one earlier. Morag!
You've got to get those arms shaved, Morag.
OK, this is the perfect omelette.
See the difference there?
See those mushrooms that look nice and crispy
and browned on the outside?
-The omelette itself - it's yellow, not grey.
Wow, that is a crime against eggs.
Omelettes should not be grey -
they should be light and fluffy and yellow.
Because you are clearly a total and utter, complete Disaster Chef.
But it's only the start of Kirstie's challenge.
In 24 hours, she'll be cooking two courses for three secret judges,
who'll vote her food either Yumm or Yuck!
But first things first - the hat.
Now, if you succeed in the challenge,
you get to remove the Disaster Chef hat.
If not, you have to wear it forever.
OK, I'm up for it.
OK, Daisy, we'll go and choose the menu.
Kirstie, clear this lot up!
While Mum enthusiastically sorts the kitchen,
Stefan and Daisy search for foodie inspiration,
less shopping trip and more scavenger hunt.
What are we going to cook?
Shall we choose Scotland as our inspiration?
That Stefan's mate Hamish, by the way, more of him in a minute.
While they're here, they're also keeping an eye out
for the mythical wild Scottish haggis.
Where? Argh! SHE LAUGHS
Haggis can be quite shy. But at least they've got Hamish.
-Not now! No! Stop!
Well, look at these, some fantastic Scottish root veg.
-Shall we get some of that?
Excellent. All right, I'll take those.
Neeps and tatties - or turnips and potatoes -
are a classic Scottish dish,
but they've got nowhere near enough to feed three hungry judges.
Wait a minute, that's crisps and sweets.
I don't think they're on the menu.
-Does it look very Scottish?
No... Does it matter?
-No! Right, let's get it!
Got it? Hamish, hit it!
I don't think the chocolate and crisps will last till they get home.
After picking up some extra ingredients,
including a lovely leg of lamb,
Stefan must create a super-duper menu Daisy and the judges will love.
OK, what have we got here?
Some fruit in there, sugar, plain flour.
I've got the root vegetables.
It is actually still alive in there.
A beautiful bit of Scottish lamb,
and that, together with all of these,
is going to make something, absolutely delicious.
Stefan says delicious, but it's Kirstie that's making it.
Time to tell or rather show Mum what she'll be making.
Open your eyes.
-Is that lamb?
Yes, it's lamb.
And that's just the start of it.
You will be cooking...this.
Roast leg of lamb, stuffed with apricots and almonds,
served with bashed neeps, carrots and tatties.
For the pudding - super-sticky butterscotch pudding.
It's the type of pudding
that Daisy's always wanted me to be able to cook,
and the lamb sounds lovely, too,
but it just all sounds a bit too difficult for me.
She might need more than one pan to conquer this menu.
Do you think your mum's capable of doing this?
Well, with that face, no,
but if she smiled and she actually concentrates, she might.
With Stefan's reputation on the line,
he's now got to show Kirstie how it should be done.
She must pay attention or get detention from Daisy.
I've realised what the problem is.
Fear - it's the fear in Kirstie's eyes,
and the problem with fear is you can taste it a mile off.
Time for Stefan's Crash Course.
For the perfect lamb, cut the meat off the bone,
spread it out and hammer flat.
Mix the stuffing then stuff, roll and tie
before popping into the oven.
The veggies are boiled, bashed
and scooped into a pastry cutter for shape.
Wilted spinach and a big chunk of lamb are spooned on top,
and finished off with some parsnip crisps. Yum!
But do take care when cooking
and always get permission from your adult.
First of all, you need to find where the bone is.
So we can use that as our guide and we'll start there.
It looks like I'm doing something sort of complicated
and sort of artistic, but you're just following where the bone
is underneath there and scraping the meat away from it like that.
You're making it look really easy.
I could do that in my sleep.
Once the bone's off, the key is to cut into the meat,
spreading it out into a thinner, even slab,
so it cooks at the same rate.
What we need to do now is flatten it out a little bit.
And the great tool for flattening meat is this.
And it's what I like to call...
# Hammer time! #
That's it, wallop that! Come on, Kirstie, you can do it!
-Get all my frustrations out.
I think she might be picturing Stefan right now.
To make the stuffing, you need an onion,
and Stefan's got the perfect trick.
OK, we're going to use the root to try and keep the onion together.
Make little cuts, not all the way through,
but towards the root.
And once you've done that, you cut down across that way,
and they should all become nice little pieces.
-Cubing the onions.
And if you're Mr Show-Off...
When you're really got the hang of it,
you can start doing things like this.
Stefan's a pro, so please get a grown-up to help when using knives,
but even grown-ups don't always know what they're doing
when it comes to cooking.
Right, so that's the yolk going out.
-That's the white.
-I mean the white, you know what I mean.
If I was Stefan,
I'd be riding off into the sunset on a haggis right now.
Now this recipe is no one-pot wonder -
it's not really complicated,
but you need to keep loads of things going at once.
She needs to get a handle on this,
otherwise everything will just fall apart at the seams.
Once it's stuffed, tucked and rolled,
it's tied up with string then roasted
and in two shakes of a lamb's tail, or rather leg...
Oh, that looks beautiful.
# Hammer time! #
No, it's pudding time!
For a scrummy, sticky butterscotch pudding,
heat chopped dates in water and vanilla essence.
Whizz butter, brown sugar, eggs and flour,
then mix in the softened dates and bake.
For the topping, melt sugar, cream and butter,
then throw in the pecans.
Chop the top off the sponge, flip upside-down,
pour on the topping and serve with ice cream.
We're going to need some dates, please.
Dates, please, Morag. Thank you.
OK, now you need to chop these into little bits.
Are there stones in them?
That's for you to find out.
That's right, Stefan, show no mercy.
-Like that? Is that OK?
To make the sponge batter,
Kirstie's first got to get to grips with the hand mixer.
Slowly, gently, gently. KIRSTIE LAUGHS
Have you made a cake from scratch before?
Um...I've made fairy cakes.
I think you're doing brilliantly there.
So does Daisy, by the looks of it.
-Want to try?
It's pretty good, isn't it?
While the sponges are baking, Mum's making the topping,
much to Daisy's delight.
Sticky toffee puddings are my favourite.
-So if she learns now...
Then she'll be able to make them for me.
If they end up like this, I'M moving in.
Look at that, they look fantastic.
They look perfect, yeah.
So that's it for Kirstie's training.
Is she ready for the big challenge?
I've been concentrating all day,
I've been learning lots of new things.
If you want to succeed tomorrow, you need to do homework.
So, for homework, Kirstie must practise deboning the lamb
to stop her becoming the black sheep of the family, ha-ha!
One professional kitchen.
Do you think you can do it?
I'll try my best.
Do you think you can do it?!
Wow, what a roller coaster of a day.
She started off with fear in her eyes, then she got confident,
and now she's terrified again.
After working on our menu into the night,
eager beaver Mary, I mean Kirstie,
still has a little lamb to practice with early the next morning.
I'm worried that if I get this bit wrong right at the start,
it means the whole meal's messed up.
Yep, but now it's time to do it for real.
Just 24 hours ago, everything one-pan wonder Kirstie made
turned to cinders when she got distracted,
leaving daughter Daisy in despair.
So the Stefanator began a one-man mission
to give this Disaster Chef mum a cookery crash course.
I think you're doing brilliantly there.
Today, she must rustle up restaurant-standard food
from a professional kitchen in this five-star, swanky hotel,
to try and bag Yumms, not Yucks, from three mystery judges.
Right, this is it!
A big, shiny, scary professional kitchen
where, in just a few short hours,
Kirstie will be either cooking up a storm
or crashing and burning in an explosion of destroyed ingredients!
Well, Stefan seems calm.
But to be great chef, you have to look like one.
Cue costume change.
You look brilliant.
And, of course, Daisy's her right-hand girl.
Well, waitress, anyway.
You have just three hours
to cook a delicious two-course meal.
Just this morning, Kirstie was handling the lamb like a pro,
but now her confidence seems to have disappeared.
Don't keep squeezing it, cut it!
She's looking a bit confused.
Don't panic, Mum. You're doing a great job.
That's the spirit!
This is the critical bit, cos she must...
I mean, she's just got to make sure she doesn't cut lots of holes in...
What's she doing?
Going a bit baa-rmy!
Instead of cutting around the bone and into the meat to spread it out,
Kirstie's gone into panic mode,
hacking away to get the bone out as fast possible.
She's inventing a whole new technique of butchery here.
Come on, Mum.
Finally, the meat escapes the bone.
STEFAN GASPS She's there! Yes!
But Stefan's got a bone to pick with her.
Somewhere, you've got to cut it, OK? So you can spread it out.
You still haven't opened it up.
Ah-ha. Right, OK. Ah.
Wow, this is going to be tough.
Even tougher with Mr Picky standing over your shoulder.
Look! She's absolutely mangled the lamb.
She managed to get the bone out,
but she's absolutely destroyed the poor thing.
She could still pull this together, but it doesn't look good
if she messed up the very first thing that she does.
Kirstie finally cracks it, and soon it's that time again.
# Hammer time! #
Do you know, I can't imagine what she's thinking about(!)
Vent how I'm feeling.
After the stress of the lamb,
Kirstie seems to have suffered short-term memory loss
about her onions.
I can't even seem to remember how to chop an onion at this point.
Take the onion and chop it. Just a suggestion.
Stefan said to use the root to keep the onion together,
cut towards but not up to the root, then across.
Hope the judges like onion skin in their food.
I'd guess no.
But with every little mistake, Kirstie's confidence is crumbling.
I think it's going pretty badly.
You think so?!
Cos I'm not chopping correctly,
I'm using the wrong pans, and I mucked up the lamb.
Struggling with the technique.
Frightened to actually give the judges food poisoning.
Well, you might be right.
At least if they sick they'd have an excuse not to finish their meal.
Poor Daisy has to suffer your food every day.
With the lamb in the oven, Kirstie cracks on with pudding.
I think the sauce is looking quite good.
What I'm going to do is leave it now
and then heat it up just at the last minute,
when we need it for the puddings.
But the old Kirstie is never far away.
It smells a bit burnt.
That's my girl!
Can you smell it?
Now remember when I said that Kirstie has a concentration problem?
Well, even though she's got lots to do and not much time,
she takes a break and this happens.
Did I only chop one carrot?
So I can't remember if I chopped one or two,
so I'm just trying to reassemble it.
There's no time to reassemble a carrot!
OK. It's clear that Kirstie lacks...
skill, concentration, focus, cooking ability,
any knowledge of what she's up to,
but what she does have is...
What she does have is...
With just 45 minutes till Kirstie must serve up,
it's time to turn up the heat as the judges have arrived.
Kirstie, you're smiling. THEY LAUGH
Well, we've come to wipe that smile off your face.
Because it's time to reveal who your judges are.
That's my dramatic voice.
It's the Professor from CBBC's School Of Silence,
and he, along with assistant Helmut,
will be making lots of noise if they're not happy with the food.
We will be ruthless.
We will check over, we will savour the taste,
but if we don't like it, ptoo! We spit it in your face.
He's a bit wacky.
You can say that again.
It's best friend Alison McDonald,
who's been unlucky enough to have eaten Kirstie's food before.
Because Kirstie is my best friend, I can be brutally honest with her.
-You think she's going to be nice to you?
Oh, it's Tam Cowan, restaurant critic
for one of Scotland's biggest newspapers, the Daily Record.
With 15 years' experience, Tam knows his tatties,
so he has a very picky palate.
I've actually been directly responsible
for three restaurants closing in the past 15 years,
so you could say I'm a pretty harsh judge of food.
More nervous. I'll just wait to be criticised.
I would be, yeah.
I'm not even there and I'm terrified!
With time ticking, the pressure's on.
All right. Well, look, we'll leave you to carry on.
Kirstie's family and friends have arrived,
and our judges are readying themselves
to dish up a Yumm or a Yuck for Kirstie's cooking.
It's best of three, so two Yumms and she'll have made the grade.
Two or more Yucks
and this Disaster Chef will be expelled from the kitchen forever.
This is not good. She's never cooked lamb.
Right, what does she normally make for you?
-Toast? TAM LAUGHS
Back in the kitchen,
Kirstie's still got a fair way to go for both courses.
I couldn't work this whisk yesterday cos it was...
it went too fast, too quickly.
Kirstie doesn't have time to reminisce.
Stefan's here to ramp up the pressure.
What's going on? There's loads of stuff you haven't cooked with here.
That's all I'm saying. 25 minutes and the food has to go.
Oh, I forgot to time the potatoes...
When they're burnt, they're done?
..when I put them back in to roast.
I can't remember how many minutes ago it was, so...
Let's say they've been in about three minutes.
Actually, it's nearly six,
and in a professional oven, every second counts.
But at least the lamb's looking lovely.
OK. I hope it's not tough. That bit looks tough.
Less than five minutes to go, and there's still tons to do.
Those veggies aren't going to burn themselves.
A bit overdone.
Crispy veg and gravy like glue -
the judges could do some handicrafts!
It's a bit thick. Ach!
But at least she's remembered how to fix it.
I can't remember how to do this.
Oh, my, the spinach looks like something you'd find in a pond.
But Mum's taking no notice - she's finally concentrating,
determined to get everything on those plates...
Right. Come on, Mum, the judges are hungry.
I'm trying, I'm trying!
..in any way she can.
At this point, I don't care if I lose a finger.
She's even trying to add another string to her bow
with a surprise side.
Look at that.
On second thoughts...
Now masses and masses of... Oh.
A little bit of gravy, then.
Kirstie's challenge was to make
a restaurant-standard roast leg of lamb
stuffed with apricots and almonds,
served with bashed neeps, carrots and tatties, like this.
And, finally, with all fingers intact, Kirstie's ready.
I think it looks amazing.
Right, Chef, are you happy?
-Yep, as happy as I'll ever be. Go on, go, quick!
I hope you enjoy your meal.
-Thank you very much.
I can't quite believe I've got it all on the plate.
I didn't think I would.
You're not the only one.
Absolutely blown away. Really, really proud of you.
The lamb's really nice, the lamb's been well cooked.
This is... the best food she has ever made.
For me, it would have been better without the stuffing.
I don't like ze presentation, or ze taste,
or ze temperature,
and ze flavours aren't brilliant.
Well, the Professor's not easy to please, is he? Huh!
Let's see what Stefan and Daisy think.
That is phenomenal. I think that's great.
Would you like that on the table at home?
I'd eat it all.
Only the pudding to go,
and I'm sure Kirstie's been concentrating the whole time.
Oh, no, hang on.
OK, they look a bit well done, and some of them have risen...
..yeah, more than others.
Luckily for Kirstie,
she can just cut off the top and flip it over,
and once it's been given a large dollop of sauce,
it should end up looking like this.
This is Kirstie's super-sticky butterscotch pudding.
And I've seen worse.
Are we ready?
Hey, don't celebrate yet!
Mm. This looks like it was bought.
You don't get off that easily.
-Enjoy your meal.
It looks really good, thank you.
All you can do now is hope.
-That's very nice.
that she could make something that looked so professional
and tastes so delicious.
Well, I think she could have just kind of...
jazzed it up a wee bit more.
Mm-hm. I agree.
"Jazzed it up a bit"? Oh, very picky.
They were quite shocked when I handed it to them.
I think they're going to enjoy it.
BOTH: Shocked in a good way?
I have to say, after a lot of tasting,
I was pleasantly surprised that it was...
I don't believe you, I think you liked that.
He did like it.
You be quiet!
Anyone else as confused as me?
But as Daisy's the judge at home, it's time to get her verdict.
That is so....
Save me a bit!
That is so good.
That is phenomenal.
That is amazing.
That is just...
That is...what I wanted you to cook from the start.
It's a thumbs-up from Daisy. Now it's time for...the verdict!
24 hours ago, Daisy's Disaster Chef mum
got so distracted, her dinners were usually burnt to a crisp.
Stefan showed her a thing a two,
and she's rustled up a two-course meal in a professional kitchen
for CBBC's School Of Silence Professor,
best friend Alison,
and restaurant critic Tam.
To determine whether the food's fit for a restaurant or not,
the judges will give her a Yumm or Yuck.
Two Yumms and she's a Disaster Chef no more.
Two Yucks and it's back to school for Kirstie
and a ruined reputation for Stefan,
with Kirstie's family and friends as witnesses.
Your verdict, please.
The Professor and Helmut hated the lamb.
I think they liked the pudding but they are a bit odd.
I thought this food, it had already been digested.
This card is more tast...tasty.
So I'm afraid, from us, it is...
One more Yuck and it's game over,
and best friend Alison did say she wasn't going to hold back.
Judge number two.
you've cooked me some incredibly
It all rests on restaurant critic Tam -
he liked the lamb but not the stuffing.
He loved the pudding but thought it lacked pizzazz.
It's nail-biting stuff.
Judge number three.
the apricot should definitely have decorated the dessert
rather than threaten to spoil the lamb.
I'm really, really sorry...
-..it's a Yumm.
Yay! Well done, Kirstie!
You've done it. You are no longer a Disaster Chef.
How do you feel?
Relieved that I managed it today.
Somehow, Kirstie managed to cook up a storm,
so she can say goodbye to the Disaster Chef hat,
and hello to the rather fetching Top Chef hat.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
From distracted Disaster Chef to two Yumms in 24 hours.
Let's hope it's just the start of Kirstie cooking up
some delicious dinners for Daisy and the family.
I'm really proud of her today, um... I think she's done a great job.
At the end of the day, if that's her better,
then I would hate to have had her cooking when it was at its worst.
If Kirstie had served that up to me in a restaurant,
and I was paying top dollar for it,
I think I would've been more than happy.
The chef was amazing,
the waitress was amazing,
and I can't wait to get my next meal cooked from Kirstie.
I'm going to sit and read my newspaper
and Kirstie can make the dinners.
I didn't realise I'd have to do so much in such a short space of time.
I've actually thoroughly enjoyed it.
My nerves are in shreds - I can't believe Kirstie pulled it off!
She went from burnt rice to stuffed-lamb glory!
It just shows that, with enough hard work,
even the worst chef on the planet can achieve miracles.
Food fanatic Stefan Gates is on a one man mission to try to stop the UK's mums and dads ruining mealtimes, but he has just 24 hours to teach Disaster Chef parents to cook a restaurant-standard, two-course meal in a professional kitchen for three mystery judges - including the Professor and his assistant Helmut from CBBC's School of Silence.
Disaster Chef Kirstie from Glasgow is Daisy's mum and always gets distracted when she's cooking and ends up burning her one-pan dishes. So Daisy has asked Stefan to focus and teach mum Kirstie to not burn a roast leg of lamb stuffed with apricots and almonds served with bashed neeps, carrots and tatties and to pull off a super-sticky butterscotch pudding. No mean feat for her or Stefan. Can Kirstie concentrate for long enough off to win two or more yumms from the Disaster Chef judges or will the pressure of the professional kitchen just push her over the edge?