Hardeep Singh Kohli (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Laugh-lite Glaswegian gourmet

During his enforced leave of absence from the BBC, the Scottish Sikh star of The One Show is indulging his fondness for cooking with this culinary-themed comedy show. The simple set-up has Kohli cooking a meal on stage, based on ingredients supplied on the night by members of the audience, while recounting a handful of personal anecdotes (he does mention his current suspension), telling a few jokes and liberally heckling the crowd. Once the meal’s cooked, the show ends with the chef inviting members of the audience up on stage to taste the dish.

It’s a recipe that worked well enough for another celebrity chef (The Galloping Gourmet aka Graham Kerr, the New Zealand-based Scottish star of 1970s afternoon TV), and Kohli’s pretty relaxed with it. Which is actually the main problem. Impressive enough as it is to watch Kohli cook tonight’s plum curry (?!) while blethering about his childhood, family, the Beeb, racism and homosexuality, the casual attitude doesn’t make for a particularly funny show. Still, his plums apparently tasted good.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 7pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

Hardeep Singh Kohli - The Nearly Naked Chef

  • 3 stars

What could be more memorable than a fat Glaswegian Sikh cooking dinner whilst telling anecdotes? That's right: nothing. So come to the most memorable Glaswegian/Sikh cooking show in the world (excluding Namibia).


1. West coast teacher15 Aug 2009, 10:36pm Report

So disappointed in his performance. Cock a leekie soup, very poor jokes and lots of name dropping. A very talented man who put very little effort into this. For the punters a real waste of money. Come on you can do better.

2. Bellexi18 Aug 2009, 7:22pm1 star Hardeep Singh Kohli Report

Really dissapointing show. Between the two of us that went we'd heard the main jokes all before. Now I'm into recycling, but that's taking it too far. The cooking was by-the-way and the name dropping smacked a little of desperation in an "I'm famous I am..." way, as did the constant references to loving working for the british public / BBC etc... We get it, you're wanting your job back, but this wasn't the way to go about it! We laughed becuase we felt we ought to... that's not a good thing. Sorry. Nice guy, but not a comedian.

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