This page was done before and during the time that Series III was brand new - and as such, the text seems a bit dated because of that. I've decided to leave the page here, as I don't see any real need to remove it.
I was also sent a fan created "Season III" guide by someone
who didn't care for Season 3, and basically "rolled his own".
Check it out, it's quite good.
On February 2, 1997, KERA-TV in Dallas Texas started showing Chef! Series III. They ran all of Series III over the next six weeks. If your PBS station carries British Comedies (and especially has had Chef in the past), bug them to carry Series III of Chef! Considering Series III premiered on the air in the UK on November 25, 1996, this is a very fast turnaround time for getting it on the air over here.
Here is the short version of what I've found out about the new series.
Below are the texts of some E-Mails I've received about Chef III. Below these E-mails are some total spoilers for Season III. If you don't want the episodes blown for you, please don't read them. Also, if you've seen just the first couple episodes of Series III, and are bitching about the way the characters are behaving, I IMPLORE YOU TO WATCH THE ENTIRE SEASON BEFORE PASSING JUDGEMENT ON SERIES 3!!!.
Chef! Web Site Manager
Here is an E-mail I received on December 20th from Michal Betti about Chef III on US PBS stations!
Date sent: Fri, 20 Dec 1996 21:21:14 -0500 From: Mike Betti To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Chef Series III coming to my home town I queried my local PBS Chef! outlet (I have 4 PBS stations on my cable) about Series III (this is the Washington D.C. area, WETA channel 26) and received a reply that they will be running the new eps. in February. Hopefully, they will be running Series 1 prior to that as I am missing 3 eps. of that series from my Chef! tapes - I have all of the rest taped. Anyway, it looks like some US PBS channels are moving quickly to get the new eps. on the air - no 2 year wait ! Now if they could only get the new Red Dwarf eps. on the air that fast too! Thanks for the great site. Michael Betti
Date sent: Sat, 23 Nov 96 18:13:06 -0800 From: Sue Baker (E-Mail address withheld per request) To: email@example.com Subject: New season - where's Janice??? Hi Joe! The good news is - a whole new season of Chef!!! I'm not sure where you are in geographic terms, but here in Ontario, our TV Ontario channel ran back to back episodes last Thursday at 9 p.m. with two more skedded for this coming Thursday, Nov. 28. Of course, I tuned in late - and much to my dismay, discovered Janice has left Gareth!!! Please tell me she'll be back! Also, the Gustav character is being played by another actor, and the Chateau Anglais appears to be owned by a rich English guy with a lovely bird of a daughter who's dallying about with ..... Everton!!! Date sent: Sun, 24 Nov 1996 18:22:32 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Sue Baker (E-Mail withheld per request) Subject: Chef's new season - update Hi Joe! Wow, Dallas, huh??? Bet it aint' snowin' there! I'll double check on Thursday nite but I'm 99% sure that the new season is copyright 1996. I'll also try to get the new characters and actors' names with a little more info. I missed the first episode, which is why I'm not sure why Janice has left Gareth. It could be a temporary thing. Anyway, on the second of the back to back shows, Gareth is reporting to some very stuffy English guy who appears to be the new owner of the Chateau Anglais. He has a daughter who seems to be just as snobby, but she's somehow been involved with Everton. Daddy, of course, didn't approve and said so; she then went off to date a rich guy almost Daddy's age, which was of course, even worse! Everton, meanwhile, is heartbroken and is daydreaming about her in the kitchen. Can't recall her name offhand but will update you next week. Meanwhile, Gareth, newly single, is trying to cover up his devastation and he and Everton are hanging out, telling each other "who needs women, anyway". A new kitchen worker, Savanna, has the hots for Gareth and tries to impress him by inventing an imaginary date, asking for the night off, giving him a full report and sending herself flowers to try to make him jealous. This, of course, doesn't work on Blackstock in the least!!!! At the same time, Gareth's dad arrives with HIS new girlfriend, who's about 25 years old - he has an imaginary heart attack and Gareth and the girlfriend reach a meeting of the minds at the hospital. Gareth's "old dad" is only suffering from a case of indigestion. That's all I can tell you. Again, there's a new "Gustav". I'll buzz you back next week. Could you put out a general inquiry about CHEF! on home video? I'm desperate to get all episodes and haven't been taping!!! Thanks, Sue
Date sent: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 19:23:50 -0800 From: Joseph and Chrissy Powers To: email@example.com Subject: Chef-Series 3 I just picked up a copy of the Sunday Times (London) for November 24th at my local Barnes and Noble Books today and the Culture section (TV listings) had a write up on Chef 3. It appears to have just premiered on BBC1 Monday, November 25th. There is a little note about it in the 'Critics Choice' section with a great cartoon of Henry as Blackstock (I wish I had a scanner to send it to you, It would look great at your site). Anyway, this is the complete article: CHEF! (BBC1, 8:30pm) A third series for Lenny Henry as Gareth Blackstock, the chef whose jokes sound like carefully composed, up-market menu items. New characters include a neurotic American (Lorelei King), and the appalling nouveau-riche owner (Dave Hill). Meanwhile, Mrs. Blackstock (Caroline Lee Johnson) is putting a 'postcode' of space between her and her husband unless he leaves his job. No job, no series. What will he do? -Sally Payne Well, that's it! Thank god there is more Chef! My wife and I hope our PBS station out of Sacramento gets them soon. Your site is FAB! Keep up the good work! Thanks, Joseph Date sent: Sat, 30 Nov 96 08:43:54 -0800 From: Sue Baker To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: more series III info, but I'm not giving anything away - it's too good!!! Hi Joe! More new CHEF! info - episodes 3 & 4 - but I gotta tell you, the storyline is so good I just can't give you the details this time. However, here's a few points on series III: 1) It's definitely a 1996 Crucial Films/BBC production. 2) Janice is back in a BIG WAY!!! Another character, Rochelle, adds an interesting twist. 3) The new Gustav is played by actor Jeff Nuttall 4) The owner/manager (I'm still unclear on which he is) is named Cyril 5) Only Everton and Gustav remain in the kitchen from the old staff - new kitchen employees include Savannah, an American, and Renee. Given Chef's temperment, this leads to some funny incidents. Overall, there have been changes to the show, and I have to say quite honestly it's even better than before. Evidently they're working with a bigger budget because the production, sets and location shots are excellent. It seems as though they've screened the episodes before a live audience and captured a true "laugh track" as opposed to a canned one. The writing is absolutely superb. The plots are even more intricate and the new supporting cast is surprisingly strong and almost immediately likeable. Here's the frustrating part. CHEF! shows up only sporadically on our stations up here, and it's not listed for next Thursday, so I don't know when I'll get to see the next episodes. I think anyone who's a CHEF! fan is going to really enjoy the new series. I was almost in tears from laughing so hard! Keep in touch......Sue
A lot happens to the characters in Series III. Here's a summary of what happens.