Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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BBC Good Food Show Summer line up, 
NEC Birmingham, 
11-14 June 2015

The BBC Good Food Show Summer sponsored by Lexus returns to the NEC Birmingham promising to be a great Summer day out. With a host of fabulous chefs and experts, visitors can expect a top class food experience.

Talent Line Up

Tom KerridgeBig personality Tom Kerridge and proprietor of the only 2 star Michelin pub, The Hand and Flowers in Buckinghamshire. returns to the NEC. He has recently been seen on our TV screens in the rejuvenated BBC 2 Food and Drink series and his effervescent personality and culinary genius on stage are always popular with visitors.

James MartinJames Martin has been a familiar face in family homes for years on a Saturday morning and once again he returns to the NEC. Aside from his TV job, James is a successful restaurateur and author of several popular cook books.

Mary Berry Mary Berry CBE is undoubtedly the Queen of baking and this Summer she returns with her daughter Annabel by her side. Mary has sold over 5 million copies of her cook books worldwide and enjoys continued success on the TV.

MichelMichel Roux Jr. is a member of one of the most prestigious culinary families in the world and is the brains behind one of London’s finest dining experiences, the 3 Michelin starred Le Gavroche.  In addition, Michel enjoys continued television success, has written many cook books specialising in theart of French cooking and has run many marathons raising thousands of pounds for charity.

two greedy italiansPopular duo, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo aka The Two Greedy Italians are both well known for their love of Italian food, wine and laughter. Both have many years experience in the culinary world; Antonio is a chef, restaurateur and food expert and Gennaro is one of the most respected chefs in London and good friend and mentor to Jamie Oliver.

JohnWriter, restuaranter and judge and co-host on BBC 1’s MasterChef , John Torode is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid 1990s. 

Michael CainesMichael Caines MBE has been at the helm of Gidleigh Park in Devon, one of the country’s most prestigious country house hotels for over 20 years. He prides himself on being ‘inclusive’ not ‘exclusive’ and the restaurant is proud to have 2 Michelin stars.

Both John Whaite and Jo Wheatley were successful winners of The Great British Bake Off. Since then their baking careers have taken off. They are both successful authors in their own right; Jo Wheatley runs a thriving cookery school and John is a resident chef on ITV1’s Lorraine.

Top features to whet your appetite!


Top entertainment in the 2,000 seat Supertheatre sponsored by Kenwood featuring top chefs and experts cooking live, and every advanced ticket includes a seat! 

The Summer Kitchen Stage is another base for watching live cooking and chat! Featuring Eat Well and Bakes and Cakes themed sessions and a few Michelin starred chefs!

Stoves Live Cook Stage - Top chefs and foodies will give demonstrations on how to create the best seasonal dishes and will also be giving away some fabulous spot prizes to lucky audience members.

Ludlow Producer Market – an area of the show dedicated to a fantastic collection of producers from Ludlow and the Marches. With a Farmers Market ambience and the chance to pick up some ‘not on the high street’ produce, it is a must for all food lovers.

Producers Bursary Award Winners – This years deserving winners of the highly coveted award for small independent producers are: Blackberry Cottage, Chazwinkles and Gregor’s Umami Dressings.

BBC Good Food Champions –  our handpicked selection of approved producers exhibiting their outstanding artisan food and drink. The line up this year includes local favourites Pip’s Hot Sauce and Urban Herbs, exciting new companies like Flapjackery, Pomora Good Food and The Hebridean Food Company along with old favourites The Handmade Scotch Egg Company, Cornish Cheese Co and Cotswold Gold Rapeseed Oil.

NEW for 2015

The Interview Stage sponsored by Lakeland makes its debut at the BBC Good Food Show Summer. An interactive stage hosting all your favourite chefs and experts at the show, it’s a chance to catch our experts giving an insightful QandA. So come along armed with any questions you may be desperateto ask.

French Goat’s Cheese Feature – an interactive area for visitors to learn more about the different goat’s cheese from across France and to sample and buy! Award winning chef Sophie Wright will be rustling up some delightful and unusual dishes using French Goat’s cheese, and cheesemonger Charlie Turnbull and cheese blogger Phoebe Weller will be on hand to talk though the different tastes of different cheeses.

Mer et Vigne – the French Market – the BBC Good Food Shows have teamed up with Mer et Vigne to bring visitors a bustling French market atmosphere. With plenty of delicious French food and drink specialities to choose from, it’s a Gallic gastronomic feast!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Introducing the Sweet Trolley - full menu now available

 - A Dining Experience for Dessert Fanatics!

Join me for the first of it's kind, a deliciously decadent evening where it's all about the dessert! 

You will be served a light supper first to whet your appetite, then on to the main event... 7 delicious desserts such as sticky toffee and date pudding, rhubarb and pear crumble and rich dark chocolate mousse to name but a few! 

And of course, plenty of custard and fresh cream.

Rules of the evening;
1. One bowl and one spoon for each person
2. Only one dessert in your bowl at a time
3. Once your bowl is empty, you can try another dessert

You can, of course, go back as many times as you can handle!! 

You'll be asked to rate the puddings as you go, ending the evening with a vote for the best of the night!

Chicken, ham and leek puff pie

Mushroom Wellington with spinach and stilton (v)

Both served with creamy mash and thyme gravy

Self saucing sticky toffee and date pudding. This has been a favourite in my family for many years, I'm, sure you'll love it too!

Next, a panettone bread pudding, baked to a perfectly crisp finish.

Then you will be served a lovely Eve's pudding. A traditional British dessert made with stewed apples and topped with a light Victoria sponge. 

Next, the classic Eton Mess. Strawberries, fresh cream and homemade chewy meringue. 

How about a rhubarb and pear crumble? Using seasonal fresh rhubarb at it's best. Perfect with custard and my dad's favourite!

Something for the chocoholics, an individual rich chocolate mousse. Dressed with shaved chocolate and a fresh raspberry.

Fancy something a little tart? Then my lemon posset is for you. Served with a mini lemon and ginger shortbread. Go ahead, dunk if you like!

Finish off the evening with a tea or coffee and a signature mini cupcake from Angelina Cupcake.

Date: Friday 24th April 2015
7.00 - 11.00pm
Venue: Towcestrians Rugby Football Club, Greens Norton. 
Fully licensed bar available

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Cake and Bake Show Competition!



With four shows in four new venues, the Cake and Bake Show, in association with NEFF, is bigger than ever this year, and includes a BAKING COMPETITION on the theme of ‘Children’s Stories’ taking place at each of the venues: Harrogate, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The Cake and Bake Show is calling on all cake makers to create a fabulous cake that is an interpretation of a children’s story. Each cake creation can be inspired from any children’s story or film, (there’s lots of inspiration in the cinemas this summer with new releases Minion, Peter Pan and Jurassic Park); or it can be a combination of your favourite characters or stories from over the years!

Entries are invited in these categories: 
  • Professional: Someone who has been professionally trained or runs a cake business. 
  • Semi-Professional : Someone who makes cakes on a semi-professional basis e.g for friends or family 
  • Amateur: Must not have been employed or engaged in any way with a bakery or cupcake business e.g for home bakers and those looking to develop their baking hobby. 
  • Junior (3) – There are three categories within this group for young bakers of these ages: Under 6, 7-12 and 13-18.

There will be Celebrity Judges presiding over the competitions at each venue, including: Master Patissier Eric Lanlard, TV chef Rosemary Shrager and Great British Bake Off champion, John Whaite. 
There are no height restrictions on the cakes. 
Awards will be given for display and taste, or display only. 
Cakes may be covered in any suitable edible material and sugar sprays may include wires, tape, ribbon and stamen. 

Entry is simple: ideas and a sketch or photograph should be uploaded to 
the Cake and Bake Show website 
The deadlines for this are as follows: 

LONDON, Excel Centre: 2-4 OCTOBER 
Calling All London Bakers! 
Online entry submissions deadline is 18th August. 

Shortlisted entries will be announced on 1st September. 

Good luck!