Tricks of the Restaurant Trade

  • Series 4 Episode 5

    This episode explores the impact that social media has had on restaurants. And can Seyi Rhodes revive a meat dish that's fallen out of favour?

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    Series 4 Episode 4

    This episode investigates how big brands are interpreting the move towards healthier food and drink. Plus: the psychological trick on restaurant menus to make diners spend more.

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 3

    Simon reveals the best restaurant special offers and proves that plenty of big chains are willing to give away food and drink for free. And which chips are the healthiest?

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 2

    Simon unlocks the science of what happens to our taste buds during air travel. Adam explores food mash-ups, from sushi burgers to cronuts. Sophie checks out motorway service station food.

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 4 Episode 1

    Simon enters the secretive world of research and development at Starbucks. Adam explores the latest trend in bottled water, but would anyone spend £100 a litre? Plus: cocktails and restaurant apps.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 6

    Sophie tries out flat iron steak, which is healthier and cheaper than other steaks. Simon meets the only British pizzaiolo in Italy's exclusive True Neapolitan Pizza Association. An episode form 2017.

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 5

    Simon checks out the fast-growing high street trend of dessert bars. Why does American fast food taste different on each side of the Atlantic? And how do you undress a lobster? An episode from 2017.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 4

    Sophie gets diehard British curry fans to check out the new wave of authentic Indian restaurants opening here. Plus: the shopping centre restaurant that changes its menu every eight weeks. From 2017.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 3

    An episode from 2017. What does the growth of home delivery companies like Deliveroo mean for consumers and restaurants? Simon exposes hidden sugar in restaurant meals. Plus: single-dish restaurants.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 2

    Sophie checks out children's menus in an episode from 2017. Simon discovers that fish and chips isn't as British as we think. Plus: cinema dining menus, and the disappearance of 125ml glasses of wine.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 3 Episode 1

    Sophie reveals why fresh and handmade don't always mean what we think. Adam has breakfast with a side order of bike maintenance. Plus: how some big coffee brands are changing what we drink. From 2017.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 4

    In an episode from 2016, Kate takes some hungry taxi drivers out for a steak dinner - with portion sizes from a generation ago - as she explores how restaurant portions have grown without us noticing

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 3

    This episode from 2016 reveals what's in some big brand names' takeaway lunches. Are takeaway salads and soups as healthy as we think? Plus: why shouldn't you eat at your desk?

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 2

    This episode from 2016 goes behind the scenes at one of our biggest high street sushi chains. Plus: what do you get for your money in a £30 pub roast? And how many calories are in an Indian takeaway?

    This episode is subtitled23 mins
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    Series 2 Episode 1

    Simon, Kate and Adam spill the beans on high street coffee chains in this episode from 2016. Plus: train station snacks and Chinese takeaways.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins
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    Series 1 Episode 4

    Kate and Simon check out the fried chicken industry in this episode from 2016. Can Simon recreate KFC's secret recipe, and can he get his hands on the mysterious High Five card from Nando's?

    This episode is subtitled23 mins

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    Series 1 Episode 3

    Would you know, or care, if a cocktail you bought in a restaurant had come ready-made in a carton? This episode from 2016 examines the growing trend of restaurants serving pre-prepared food and drink.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins

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    Series 1 Episode 2

    The team compare classic pizzas with less traditional alternatives, and check their nutritional values. Plus: afternoon tea. And how much more do restaurants make by rushing diners? From 2016.

    This episode is subtitled23 mins

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    Series 1 Episode 1

    This episode from 2016 examines burgers: how different are high-end burger chains' patties from the ones at McDonald's? The programme also explores tricks of the trade, including the 'golden table'.

    This episode is subtitled24 mins

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