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Monica Galetti: The Skills
MasterChef: The Professionals presenter, Monica Galetti talked exclusively to food critic, William Sitwell about her new cookbook, ‘The Skills’. The book will be released on 6 October.
Senior sous chef at two Michelin star Le Gavroche until 2015, Monica is now a MasterChef: The Professionals presenter and has published several successful cookbooks.
Naomi Devlin: River Cottage Gluten Free
Unashamed foodie with a coeliac diagnosis, Naomi Devlin gave a definitive guide to gluten-free cooking, with two of the 120 recipes from her cook book, River Cottage Gluten Free; crisp, crumb coated arancini and quinoa salad with fermented vegetables.
Nutrition expert Naomi Devlin studied native diets around the world and believes that the key to health and happiness is to cook from scratch wherever possible. Using gluten‐free wholegrains and sourdough cultures she teaches people about the endless possibilities and rich flavours of gluten‐free grains at River Cottage and Ashburton Cookery School, and at bespoke cookery days in her own steamy kitchen.
Regula Ysewijn: Pride and Pudding
Regina Ysewijn took us to the heart of Britishness with a demonstration in 17th Century puddings from her cookbook, Pride and Pudding. She prepared the lesser known, but once popular College Pudding and the Churro-style Snake Fritters, both as delicious today as they were in the 1700s.
Regula Ysewijn is a graphic designer turned photographer from Belgium and is the editor of the award-winning blog Miss Foodwise, dedicated to the subject of British food, travel and culture. Regula and her blog have been featured in magazines, national papers, TV and online in places such as the Guardian, Elle magazine, Great British Food Magazine, BBC Radio, Jamie Magazine, JamieOliver.com, Harrods, Great British Chefs and many more. Regula is a Great Taste Awards judge.
Kimiko Barber: Cook Japanese Style
Japanese food writer and chef, Kimiko Barber demonstrated how to make (almost) authentic sushi at home. Talking with acclaimed food writer, Xanthe Clay, she led us on a brief history of Japan’s most recognized dish, how it has gone from taking years of preserving the fish to the fresh fast food it is today. All this while showing how to sushi roll.
Kimiko Barber was born in Kobe, Japan and arrived in U.K in the early 1970s where she studied Economics and went on to work as a successful international investment banker. After ten years she said sayonara to finance and hello to cooking. Now, Kimiko is on her eight cookbook, Cook Japanese at Home, which was published in May this year.
Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn: Hang Fire Smokehouse
True experts on slow and low barbecue and outdoor cooking, the 'First Ladies of 'cue', Hang Fire Smokehouse delivered a lively demo session filled with expert barbecue tips and tales of their cooking misadventures from their debut cook book, Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ.
Partners Sam Evans from Wales and Shauna Guinn from Northern Ireland gave up high-flying careers in London to embark on their dream of discovering the secrets of American barbecue. After a US road trip from 2012-13, on their return to the UK they set up Hang Fire Smokehouse, first as a pop-up in Cardiff and then as an acclaimed street food stall which won 2015 BBC’s Food and Farming Awards. They opened their first restaurant, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen in Barry, South Wales, earlier this year.
Richard Burr: BIY – Bake it Yourself
Great British Bake Off builder turned baker, Richard Burr gave us the essential toolkit on how to be a star baker with recipes from his debut cookbook, Bake it Yourself.
Born and raised in North London, Richard was a finalist on The Great British Bake Off 2014, having won the Star Baker accolade a record five times. Richard is a fourth-generation builder who specializes in bricklaying and plastering. He recently graduated with a BSc in Biodiversity & Conservation.
Cyrus Todiwala: Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box
Award winning chef and restauranteur, Cyrus Todiwala demonstrated how to get 120 recipes out of just 10 spices using recipes from his new book ‘Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box.’
Cyrus Todiwala is the author of five phenomenally successful cookbooks, Cafe Spice Namaste, International Cuisine India, Indian Summer, The Incredible Spicemen and Mr Todiwala’s Bombay:
Recipes and Memories of India. Dubbed the UK’s best Indian Chef, Cyrus regularly appears on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and BBC Radio 4 Food program. Todiwala runs three successful restaurants and a cafe along with his son, Jamsheed. Author and teacher, he has been awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for his services to education & training and an OBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry. He is also the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.
Norman Musa: Amazing Malaysian
Award-winning Malaysian chef, Norman Musa demonstrated recipes from his latest cook book, Amazing Malaysian showing just how easy it is to cook authentic, contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine.
Norman Musa runs award-winning Manchester restaurant Ning and sell-out cookery courses and supper clubs in London and Manchester. He travels internationally as the Kuala Lumpur food ambassador for Malaysian cooking and in 2015 set up the Inaugural KL Big Kitchen Festival.
Marie Cheong-Thong and Jon Old: Japan’s Heritage: Sake and Wasabi
Marie and Jon welcomed us with a cocktail of Sake and Wasabi, as they took us through Japan’s oldest food accompaniments.
Marie Cheong-Thong is an independent sake and wine judge and member of the Circle of Wine Writers and Association of Wine Educators who has spent the last 30 years sampling and researching food & drink on six continents.
Jon Old hails from The Wasabi Company, the first in the industry to successfully cultivate fresh wasabi in Europe now selling the Japanese plant to the finest kitchens across the world.
Please note this event is suitable for over 18s only
Eleonora Galasso: As the Romans do
Instagram star and Roman native, Eleonora Galasso took us on a journey through the palazzos, side streets and traditions of Italy’s capital with recipes from her cook book, As the Romans do.
Eleonora trained at the Ateneo Italiano dell Cucina in Rome and has a master’s degree in gastronomy and food culture. Her life as a student and food journalist has taken her all over the world and she now runs cookery workshops in secret locations in the historical centre of Rome.
Alice Hart: The New Vegetarian
Former Waitrose food editor, Alice Hart showed how, like her, you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy good vegetarian food with modern, nourishing and delicious plant-based recipes from her latest cook book, The New Vegetarian.
Alice Hart is a food stylist and writer who has written three cook books including Vegetarian, which was an international best seller. She has written about food for the New York Times, Guardian, the Times and the Telegraph. She is currently setting up a cookery school at her home in Brighton where she also runs a pop up called the Hart and Fuggle.
Jose Pizarro: Basque
Award winning and critically acclaimed chef, José Pizarro delivered a masterclass in Spanish cooking. Using recipes from his new book ‘Basque’, he shared culinary secrets for pintxos plates so that you’ll never be intimidated by Spanish cooking again.
José has worked for some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. In 2011 he opened his first solo venture ‘José’ and later that year ‘Pizarro’ a few yards away. In 2015, he opened his third restaurant, José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle, his first foray into the City. He has appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and most recently on the newly launched, The Wine Show. His recipes are regularly featured across national & international publications, and he’s known as the Godfather of Spanish Cookery in the UK.
Gareth West: K Food
We discovered the delights of modern Korean cuisine with recipes from the co-founder of the increasingly popular Busan BBQ, Gareth West.
Terry and George: Feeding Friends
Pop-up restauranteurs, Terry and George entertained us with two British inspired dishes from their recently published cookbook, FEEDING FRIENDS. Baked salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Bread Salad, which is the perfect dish to share with friends on a summer’s day, and Piggy Croquettes with Toffee Sauce, a delicious snack-style bite using left over roast pork.
Terry & George create the most ambitious themed pop-up restaurants around the UK. Terry trained under Paul Heathcote in his home city Liverpool and then under Michel Roux Jnr and Mark Hix in London. George is in the top ten band ‘One Night Only’ and has also developed a sideline in modelling, after he was scouted by Burberry.
They met in London and bonded over their love of food and entertaining. Their pop-ups combine their skills mixing great food with amazing music – appealing to people who enjoy eating out with friends but who can’t always afford full-blown ‘fine dining.’
William Sitwell: Eggs or Anarchy
William Sitwell, one of Britain’s foremost food writers, told the great story of how Minister of Food, Fred Woolton fed war-torn Britain during the Second World War.
William has been multi-award winning editor of Waitrose Food magazine for over a decade and is a familiar face on TV appearing on shows such as BBC’s MasterChef. He also writes for a number of newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. In June 2016 he published Eggs or Anarchy, which for the first time tells the extraordinary story of Lord Woolton.
Palomar: The Palomar Cookbook
A taste of Jerusalem with a demonstration of recipes from the first cookbook from acclaimed London restaurant, The Palomar.
Situated in the heart of Theatre land and Soho Creative Director Layo Paskin and Head Chef Tomer Amedi have created, The Palomar serves up a menu influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant.
Jane Baxter: Leon Happy Salads
Festival favourite and founder of Riverford Field Kitchen, Jane Baxter offered a taste of her new cookbook, Leon Happy Salads.
Jane is a chef, food writer and regular columnist for Cook. She trained at the Carved Angel under Joyce Molyneux before moving to the River Cafe. In 2005 she set up the acclaimed Riverford Field Kitchen and currently runs food event company, Wild Artichokes based in Devon.
Eleanor Ford: Samarkand
A culinary journey through central Asia, with Eleanor who demonstrated recipes from her co-written cook book, Samarkand.
Eleanor Ford has been a recipe developer and editor for the Good Food Channel and BBC Good Food. She has judged The Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, was local editor for Zagat’s Hong Kong guide and has been a Time Out restaurant reviewer.
Tim McDougall: Llansantffraed Court
Llansantfraed Court chef, Tim McDougall demonstrated Usk valley dry aged beef fillet, Monmouthshire lamb and Bristol Channel sea bass, garnished with herbs and vegetables from the walled garden of the hotel.
Tim McDougall started cooking in his mid-twenties in a bistro in Amsterdam. After returning to the UK he went on to work at several Michelin starred restaurants before moving to the Loire Valley in France to work at Jean Bardet in Tours as fish chef. Tim moved to south Wales as Head chef of The Crown at the Celtic Manor, gaining 3 AA rosettes. In February 2016 he moved to the Llansantfraed Court Hotel.
Valentine Warner: Fish, Fish, Fish
Exactly what it says on the tin but fresh from the sea, Val Warner will served up a variety of fish recipes from cod cheeks in batter with smoked cod’s roe dip and Nordic style trout on sourdough to stuffed mussels and crab with potatoes and sweet corn.
Valentine Warner is a cook, food writer and broadcaster. Training originally as a portrait painter he went on to become a chef in London’s kitchens before running his own catering company. His deep love of cooking, nature and travel has seen him make nine series and contribute to others for BBC2, Fox, UKTV and NatGeo. He has written four cookery books, three of which he illustrated and his articles are regularly featured in an array of magazines and broadsheets. Valentine is one of the Founders of the Moorland Spirit Company who make Hepple Gin in the wilds of Northumberland.
Zuza Zak: Polska
Unless you have been a guest in a proper Polish home, Zuza Zak was on a mission to show you a side of Polish culture never experienced before. In her demonstration Zuza talked about the ancient, Slavic tradition of "zakąski" or Polish Party Food. On the menu were Buckwheat Blini with Aubergine Caviar and a little of Zuza's favourite Polish vodka to get into the celebratory spirit.
Zuza Zak is a Polish food writer, blogger and TV Producer living in Hackney, London. Born in Communist Poland she draws upon her own experiences and research, interweaving childhood memories, Poland's difficult history and Slavic folklore into her approach to Polish food.
Brad McDonald: Deep South
Mississippi-born Brad McDonald showed off America’s culinary heritage with recipes from his new cookbook, Deep South, and prepared authentic Southern food with an urban twist.
Brad McDonald moved to London after his New York restaurant was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. He relaunched The Lockhart in London’s Marylebone in early 2014, where he won rave reviews for his contemporary take on the heritage dishes of the American South. In October 2015 he launched his second BBQ joint and cocktail bar, Shotgun in Soho, which was selected by The Times as the best new restaurant in the UK in November last year.
Martha Collison: Twist
Great British Bake Off’s youngest ever baker, Martha Collison showed just how much she loves cake with her favourite brownie ice-cream sandwiches from her first cook book, Twist.
Martha Collison is a self-taught baker who started cooking at the age of eight. Since then her baking repertoire has grown no end and she now balances studying part-time for her A Levels with writing and testing recipes. At only 19, Martha has a weekly column in Waitrose Weekend, has worked with brands such as Cadburys and Mars, is this year’s afternoon tea consultant at The Gatsby Club in Wimbledon and has baked cakes for the Queen.