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Hi guys,

I need help from you with the phrase "pick up the pace", I found some definitions of it on the internet, but I'm not wise from them much.

Exact context: It's again from the UK show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, where Gordon Ramsay is just happy that the restaurant is filled up with locals. He replaced the previous too fancy and expensive menu with the fixed-priced menu, all at the 21 pounds. Which is obviously working....

Gordon: The new menu is doing the trick. The (?)pace has picked up(?) in the kitchen, but it's getting busy and now Nick(the chef owner) has taken his eye off the orders...

Thanks a lot in advance.

Tomas.
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"The pace has picked up" here = either "people are working more quickly" or "there is more work to do" or "things are moving more quickly" or a vague amalgamation of all three.

MrP
I understand, thanks a lot MrP. [Y]

That sentence finally makes a sense to me..Emotion: smile
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I'm a little confused by the "but."

The pace has picked up in the kitchen, but it's getting busy. . . These two ideas complement each other.

I suppose there are degrees of "busy."
Maybe there was nothing at all going on in the kitchen; then it picked up a little; then it really got busy! - Too busy!
Avangi
I'm a little confused by the "but."

The pace has picked up in the kitchen, but it's getting busy. . . These two ideas complement each other.


The way I read it, "busy" refers to the customers coming in to the restaurant rather than the activity in the kitchen. So. they're working faster, but it still might not be fast enough to cope with the flood of orders.
Thanks, Mr Wordy. Got it! I think you're right about the customers.
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The customer aer coming into the restaurant and the waiting staff are taking the orders. The kitchen staff have started to work faster to keep up with the orders, however the Chef has not be concentrating on the orders leading to ____ (probably confusion and as a friend of Gordon's a few F*** words).
Thanks a lot guys for your additional posts, you described the situation exactly as I understand it too now. Of course thanks to you, because phrase "pace has picked up" was a new thing for me. Thanks again to all of you.

Btw I don't mind that Gordon's f-words. Emotion: smile He's a top man and really classy chef. I'm not surprised that his show is that popular in the UK.

best regards

Tomas