Meet Gareth Blackstock, award winning chef and prat par excellence. He is insufferably rude to everyone, and yet, all is forgotten and forgiven the moment anyone tastes one of his delicious creations. Although he is thoughtful and caring deep down, it is beneath a thick layer of self absorption and a pure workaholic mentality as he struggles like an artist with his vocation and love: cooking. This passion is the basis of all that is wrong with his character, as he demands nothing short of perfection from himself, and hence, of others as well. He is driven to create and give his career ever ounce of energy he has, to the detriment of his social graces as well as his relationship with Janice, his wife.
The three series are completely distinctive in their own rights; furthermore the third stands apart vastly different in nearly every aspect, from it’s two predecessors. The one constant, however, is the three characters that make up the nucleus upon which the entire series is based: Gareth, Janice, and Everton. These three carry the weight of the series on their shoulders, from within the kitchen, to the development of their relationships from without. For example, the relationship between Everton and Gareth evolves from that of casual acquaintances to protégé and mentor, and lastly to true friends. The relationship between Gareth and Janice, however, develops very little, and is indeed a constant point of friction and comedy throughout the entire three series.