Monday, 1 December 2008

An amazing day at the BBC Good Food Show, part 2

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After a morning of sampling and shopping we were taken backstage for a fantastic VIP lunch.

A beautifully presented prawn dish for the starter.To follow was a selection of cold meats, poached salmon, salad and bread. Not so photogenic but no less tasty.And finally an elegant chocolate dessert with caramel sauce, yum!

Then came what we'd all been waiting for, a private book signing with the great James Martin himself. Each of us was presented with a signed copy of his book, The Collection, mine now proudly adorns my coffee table! He then rushed off to do yet another cookery demonstration, while we had some more time to look around before taking our place in the supertheatre...
The book signing
(photo courtesy of Forever Better)
My own signed copy!
The supertheatre was huge, over 2000 people packed in to watch James Martin prepare a three course meal. Teryaki mackerel was followed by bread-crumbed veal chops fried in an obscene amout of butter! (health concious he isn't!) and finally a mouth-watering dessert of layered pastry and berries with mascarpone and raspberry sauce. As you would expect it all looked fantastic and was no doubt scoffed backstage as soon as the demonstration was over.

Not only is James Martin a great chef he proved he was a great entertainer too, he had everybody laughing as he picked on an unsuspecting volunteer, using her to demonstrate where the different cuts of meat come from! Later he used an old man's walking stick to make his trademark spun sugar, the audience loved it!A few of us stayed behind afterwards to watch Gordon Ramsay who, working with Mark Sergeant made a great team. As you would expect Gordon made good use of his favourite word, in fact the show came with a warning beforehand! They were both fantastic to watch, even though we had seats way back in row Z!

But onto the food, first up was a hearty minestrone soup served with garlic toasts, it looked very homely and is a recipe I am very keen to try. Interestingly he used parmesan instead of salt which I thought was a brilliant idea. Next up was a tuna steak served with refried beans, I love fresh tuna but am never quite sure what to do with it so this was great for me. To finish he made some simple caramelised plums.

And with that it was all over, the time had come for us to go home, I could quite happily have spent hours longer wondering around! Thanks again to Miele, ForeverBetter and 1000Heads for a fantastic day!
A beautiful tin of chocolates give to us by Miele and my VIP pass

9 comments:

Christina said...

I just read both parts. Very cool experience, Sam, and thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

What an awesome day! The food looks really delicious. What an excellent day Sam.

Amanda said...

Ooh! I'm so jealous!

The Caked Crusader said...

sounds like a great day! I love the look of that chocolate dessert

Anne said...

Glad you got a piccie of that lush dessert, I had demolished mine by the time I thought about taking a picture of it!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I'm so jealous--that looks like such a fun time

Cooking and the City said...

That dessert looks amazing! I'd love to see James Martin give a cooking demonstration :-)

nicisme said...

You made that dessert look good, my photo was rubbish!

Foodycat said...

Of course, it was all wasted on you if you didn't try to kiss James Martin - god knows I would have!