After my initial scepticism about ITV’s Let’s Do Lunch with Gino and Mel I have to reluctantly admit that whilst it’s not original (and I still miss Loose Women) it is certainly entertaining. And some of the food looks damn good too.
Now though, cheeky TV chef Gino D’Acampo has discovered that as well as wooing host Melanie Sykes and all the women in the audience by being a culinary master he has another talent he never knew about before.
For Gino turns out to be an astounding Gentleman Juggler.
And no this isn’t something naughty invented by the man himself, it is in fact a man who juggles all different types of objects and performs other acts of amazing dexterity. A bit like a magician doing tricks, only these are real.
On ‘Challenge Gino’ along came the incredible Mat Ricardo, himself a Gentleman Juggler of 25 years. He demonstrated the famous ‘tablecloth trick’- you know, the one where you whip the tablecloth off a laden table without disturbing the crockery. Only this guy is so skilled he can then put the tablecloth back on again, still leaving everything in place.
Mat Ricardo explained how he’s spent ten years mastering this ‘trick’ (the putting-it-back-on part) and that as far as he knew he was the only person in the world who could do it. He challenged Gino to have a go.
A nervous but excited Gino threw himself into it and yanked the tablecloth off as quickly as he could. And surprisingly he did it perfectly. Impressive enough. But that wasn’t the main trick.
We all waited with baited breath while Gino positioned the table cloth, then WHAM he went for it.
Expecting crockery to go flying, it was then, something of an anti-climax when to everyone’s astonishment, not least his own, Gino once again did it…perfectly!
It was a magical moment, yet I could only feel a bit sorry for the professional who had taken ten years learning the trick being matched by a laddish Italian chef in 60 seconds.
Will Gino’s talents know no bounds? Take a look at his amazing feat for yourself: