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The best of February on Great British Chefs

The best of February on Great British Chefs

by Great British Chefs Friday, February 26, 2016

We look back on some of the best new content published on Great British Chefs this February. Many of our chefs were out and about celebrating Obsessions at Northcote and braving the cold in Norway, while Chinese New Year and Valentine's day gave us the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious new recipes.

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Our friends in the Northcote

We welcomed three of Italy's finest chefs to Great Italian Chefs this month, bringing with them some spectacular (and highly imaginative) dishes. Roberto Petza (S'Apposentu) gave us elegant seafood dishes like his Crispy fried sea anenomes, Igles Corelli (Ristorante Atman) a nostalgic lasagne recipe inspired by holidays with his father and Ernesto Iaccarino (Don Alfonso 1890) serenaded us with his Concert of lemon flavours and fragrances.

Obsession festival raged on, with Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen welcoming a number of the world's finest chefs to Northcote for a series of guest dinners. We were there for as much of it as our waistlines would allow, discovering the unique cooking styles of Annie Féolde, Marco Stabile and Angelo Sabatelli, Lanshu Chen and more, in addition to having a snoop around the Northcote wine cellar. A heady, sixteen day festival of feasting, we caught with organiser Nigel Haworth afterwards to find out his Obsession highlights.

Several chefs in a boat

While the best chefs in the world have come to Lancashire, we’ve been travelling far and wide to learn more about the finest ingredients on earth. Izzy Burton delved into the world of Japanese rice, while Tom Shingler has been getting hot and heavy with Took Osborn of Tabasco. We’ve quizzed James Whetlor of Cabrito Goat Meat, met the man maintaining the Barilla dynasty, travelled to Norway with Monica Galetti, Daniel Galmiche et al in search of Skrei and even eaten ants with Lima’s Robert Ortiz. Katie Smith showed us the best places to eat in Bristol and, for those venturing further afield, Layla Kazim explored the best street food Penang has to offer and shared a stunning Vietnamese soup recipe for Bún bò Huế.

 
 

Are you being sieved?

February saw the return of flour power as we baked and piped our way through the month. Sally Abé was busy in the kitchen whipping up recipes for Vanilla fudge, Tablet, Simnel cake, Berry and custard pies and irresistible Chocolate fudge icing, perfect for topping Valentine’s cakes. Danny Kingston made a glorious Millionaires’ chocolate tart in preparation for Mother’s Day and, in the spirit of planning ahead, we’ve been adding to our Easter baking arsenal with Kate Doran’s Hot cross blondies and Simnel spiced carrot cake, Karen Burns Booth’s Easter chocolate cake recipe and some Gluten-free hot cross buns from Victoria Glass.

 
 

That was the leek that was

Forget courgetti and cauliflower pizza for a moment, this month Pascal Aussignac pioneered the latest low-carb innovation in his stunning Leek risotto recipe using steamed and simmered ribbons of tender leek in place of rice. Alongside our Chinese New Year celebrations love was in the air at Great British Chefs (no doubt fuelled in part by one too many of Mark Hix's Valentine's vodka cocktails) as we swooned over Georgina Fuggle's healthy Sushi rice bowls, and Regula Ysewijn gave us her heart – Ox heart stuffed with mushroom duxelle, to be precise. The pungent flavour of wasabi had Sally Abé tearing up in her informative ingredient focus, while Graham Hornigold's Lavender and honey macarons brought with them the sweet flavours of spring.

 
 

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