Cooking Group, The

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FP2003091920050114By Christopher Reason.|The lads used to look forward to their monthly cook-up but years later their idealism and lives have burnt out.|For ten years, on the last Friday of every month, the four men met for an evening of collective cooking and consumption of a gourmet meal.|The group was formed out of something close to idealism.|They believed they were making a statement; eschewing sexism and loutishness in favour of sensitivity and warmth by meeting in each other's kitchens, traditionally a female preserve, putting the world to rights whilst preparing and eating the food.|Now the years have passed, grey hairs have sprouted, relationships have crashed on the rocks, and cynicism has asserted itself.|The meals are no longer so elaborate, the booze more plentiful.|For the last year, the group has grown moribund.|No one is prepared to organise anything.|It seems to have run its course.|So it's a surprise when Des goes to some lengths to bring everyone together for a reunion.|He has cajoled Max and Spencer to show up at Norman's house, where the evening is to take place.|Only Des fails to turn up, and anyway Max has an announcement to make.|Four men in a cooking group who are approaching middle age attempt to recapture the spirit of their youth, with disastrously results.|Norman....Mark Benton|Max....Matthew Marsh|Spencer....Matthew Wait|Lydia....Nimmy March|Directed by Kate Rowland