Radio 2 star Chris Evans has oft spoken of his passion for a humble cheese pasty from a certain high street baker.
However, when his breakfast show team tried a seasonal soup and festive bake on air this morning, the hungry crew gave the food a roasting which snowballed into ‘soup-gate’.
The would-be radio food critics were so candid – comparing the Christmas soup to tasting like ‘a ten-hour bikram yoga session’ – that Evan’s wife Natasha Shishmanian texted her husband to ask him to stop being mean.
Two soups? Radio 2 Breakfast host Chris Evans offered a withering review of a Christmas soup – thought to be from popular high street chain Greggs – on air this morning, with colleague Vassos Alexander saying the turkey dinner in a cup tasted like ‘socks’
Soup-gate! The Breakfast team didn’t hold back when reviewing the Christmas soup but refused to be drawn on where it was from – could it be from high-street baker Greggs?
Sportsman Vassos Alexander didn’t hold back either, saying the soup tasted like ‘socks’ and dubbing it ‘the worst thing’ the Breakfast Show team had ever eaten in the studio.
Evans slammed the blended meal soup as ‘a bit watery and overtly peppered and salted’ and when it came to trying a ‘festive bake’ – a pasty with a seasonal twist – he critiqued: ‘I really don’t like that, it’s too sweet’.
Although it’s uncertain where the festive bake was from, it could be the 451-calorie Greggs festive bake, which mixes pieces of chicken breast, sage and onion stuffing and bacon in a sage and cranberry sauce.
Don’t be mean! Evans was kept in check during soup-gate by wife Natashia Shishmanian, who text in between songs and advised her husband to not be too mean about the Christmas soup
This bake is off! Vassos Alexander, who presents the sport on the BBC Breakfast show on Radio 2 wasn’t impressed with any of the fare. Right, the festive bake was also a huge no-no for Evans who branded it ‘too sweet’
Earlier this month, high street baking chain Greggs were forced to apologise after they replaced the image of Jesus lying in a crib with a sausage roll
Later in the show, after passing the soup around the team, they concluded that ‘it’s overtly not a good idea’ to buy it.
On social media, reviews of Christmas soups by Gregg’s were enthusiastic.
@JSinclair94 wrote: ‘Greggs Christmas Lunch Soup: 7/10’ while @lolwarlol went into a tad more detail, saying: ‘Greggs Christmas Dinner soup. £1.85. Same size as larger soup in Pret but cheaper. Not bad, about 90% as good as Prets Chicken Soup. #SoupReview #PublicService’
While the baker’s Facebook and Twitter pages have plenty of fans of the festive fare, some complained that the seasonal soup had replaced their favourite tomato soup, considered a Gregg’s staple.
Earlier this month, Greggs was forced to apologise after its new advent calendar had a picture which replaced baby Jesus with one of their sausage rolls.