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An episode of the hit BBC weekend cooking show which aired on February 20 saw Naga and Charlie appear as guests to try dishes cooked by top chef Matt Tebbutt. But the episode saw hundreds of complaints roll in which were directed at the pair, as well as a Twitter storm branding them “rude”. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, wine expert and frequent star of Saturday Kitchen Olly Smith talked about the episode.
The two presenters sat at the table to sample the food and drink and chat with Matt, but they made quite a few comments which irritated viewers watching.
It has since been revealed hundreds of people complained to the BBC, which saw bosses publish a statement in response.
The statement read: “Saturday Kitchen Live’s format allows for an informal chatty style and the guests are encouraged to feel relaxed in the studio.
“Some viewers found the behaviour and comments of the guests this week to be inappropriate and that they were rude to presenter Matt.
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“We appreciate the feedback and we shared it with the Saturday Kitchen team.”
When Matt tried to converse with the two about the difficulties of presenting serious news during the pandemic, Charlie responded: “You’ve really brought the tone down, haven’t you? I thought you were going to ask ‘what’s it like getting up in the morning?’ but you’ve gone -“
Naga interrupted: “For everyone who wants to turn off the news and might want a bit of relaxation, don’t tune into Saturday Kitchen, it’s not worth it!”
At one point, Naga also said Matt wasn’t “a real chef.”
When asked about the disastrous episode, Olly said: “I wasn’t on that episode I’m afraid and I didn’t watch either, so I don’t know.”
Olly normally appears as Saturday Kitchen’s wine connoisseur and foodie to offer tips and sample the dishes.
During the pandemic, he’s been appearing virtually via video link.
He was incredibly supportive of the host, telling Express.co.uk, “he’s amazing”.
“He’s [Matt] incredibly friendly and I think he brings a very relaxed feeling to talking and cooking at the same time,” Olly commented.
“Which is remarkable really and I think his ability to kind of inspire people to actually get cooking and enjoy their food and share it is really quite amazing.
“I think he’s wonderful.” He also spoke about his favourite food of Matt’s, which was a slow-cooked chorizo and white beans casserole.
Olly is currently preparing for a live interactive tasting of Wine and Cheese with DKMS for This World Blood Cancer Day (28 May).
The event will celebrate the perfect match of wine and cheese – and the life-saving matches of our blood stem cell donors with people fighting blood cancer or blood disorders.
The event is free to join, but participants can help turn Olly’s perfect matches into lifesaving matches by making a donation to DKMS while enjoying a fun evening.
For more information, and to register your interest, please visit dkms.org.uk/wine.
Speaking about the evening, Olly said: “Cancer hs touched people in my lives – my grandfather died of a lymphoma.
“Especially during the pandemic I think people felt pressured, in so many different ways but in terms of finding donors, it’s been made that much more difficult.
“So I think it’s a timely moment to try and reach out and help people who really do you need support.
“In 2021 for example, there were 50 percent fewer registrations than there would have been before the pandemic, so there are there are thousands of patients who these are life saving things for that we can do.”
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