What 2013’s competition lacks in fresh ideas it makes up for in sob stories, judges’ spats and cringeworthy styling, however. At the forefront of this year’s Cheese Factor is Kingsland Road, an all-male fivesome named after the east London location around which the troupe are based.
The boys’ undercuts, double denim and Harry Styles looks are sure to be a hit with tween girls, but to anyone over the age of 16 they’re about as cool as Nick Clegg. Their boot camp audition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once In My Life’ was a showcase of synchronised jazz hands that would have had the entertainment manager at Butlin’s wincing. Less nauseating scenes have been witnessed on ‘Embarassing Bodies’.
Maison Du Mezze
A centrally located Lebanese restaurant that's decked out incredibly stylishly. Earthy tones of browns, oranges and yellows with splashes of blue run through the two floors and various areas of dining. There are cushioned benches on the mezzanine, private nooks, casual tables on the main floor and even some covered seating outside. The menus are listed in both English and Arabic, with mezze available from the a la carte options (including aubergine fatoush, stuffed vine leaves, and moussaka) and eggs in various ways for breakfast.
Venue says: “An exquisite themed Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant that serves authentic Lebanese/Middle Eastern food and an array of continental dishes”