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October on Great British Chefs

October on Great British Chefs

by Great British Chefs Friday, October 30, 2015

A monthly roundup of what we have been up to here at Great British Chefs during October, including recipes, features and brand new chefs.

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This month brought with it a distinctly autumnal colour palette, both in the surrounding landscape and the ingredients on offer. Root vegetables and wild mushrooms have been out in force in October, as well as a whole host of apples, pears and quinces. As game season came to an end we did, however, have cause for celebration as we discovered some of Britain's exciting new international culinary collaborations and revelled in the many joys of Chocolate Week and Curry Week. With Halloween and Mexican Day of the Dead right around the corner, read on to find out exactly how we have been busy preparing for the festivities and what else we have been getting up to this October...

A month of foodie events

As we bid a sad farewell to Great British Menu (congratulating Matt Gillan on his banquet success) and the Great British Bake Off (and the legend that is Howard Middleton as our much-loved Bake Off commentator), we sort comfort by seeking out some of the fantastic foodie events taking place across the UK. Rather perfectly Chocolate Week was there with open arms, ready for us to indulge ourselves in the wondrous world of chocolate, or even try our luck in cooking with it for the Godiva Chocolate Challenge. We sampled Paul A Young’s chocolate afternoon tea, and shared some of our own inspiration for pâtisserie delights including how to make a mille-feuille. Outside of the tiers of an afternoon tea we took a closer look at the rise of tea in fine dining and learnt how to make the perfect cup of tea with Henrietta Lovell, the Rare Tea Lady.

It wasn’t all tea and cakes though as Ella Timney delved into the centuries-old traditions of Parma ham. It was baguettes at dawn for the World Bread Awards with our very own Sally Abé judging the sourdough bread category which even featured a curry-inspired entry. In celebration of Curry Week we went on a journey to Chettinad with Alfred Prasad, through Rajasthan with Vivek Singh, and looked outside the box with alternatives to our favourite curries. We explored the flavours of Asia further, rolling our way to the UK round of the Global Sushi Challenge.

Chef news

Continuing our globetrotting theme, Ella Timney travelled to Mallory Court near Leamington Spa for a bit of Mexican sunshine from Monterrey chef Alfredo Villanueva and Great British Chefs favourite Paul Foster. As England hosted – and rather disastrously left – the Rugby World Cup, ardent rugby fan and chef Andy McLeish drew comparisons between the pitch and the kitchen, citing ‘great teamwork’ as central to both. Welsh chef Will Holland spoke to us about being part of a team of chefs cooking for the charity dinner, Chef’s Night Out, and we caught up with another up and coming star of the kitchen, Oli Martin of Lancashire’s Hipping Hall.

 
 

Ingredients of the month

As the clocks turned back and the days became shorter, Sally Abé provided the perfect antidote with a guide to all the seasonal ingredients we should be cooking with, and Katie Smith gave us some inspiration for the perfect comfort food for a rainy day. As an alternative to a classic pumpkin soup, and with Halloween in mind, John Torode shared his recipe for a seasonal salad of Roast pumpkin and charred onion, while we looked at other tasty ways to use up leftover pumpkin.

More than just an ingredient for jams and jellies, Sally Abé suggested sweet and savoury recipe ideas for quinces, as well as exploring the fruit’s history and uncovering its roots in Asia. Victoria Glass took us on a steep learning curve revealing the many varieties and classifications of the national drink of Japan – sake. Her recipe for Aromatic sake steamed mussels combined the rice-based drink with the sweet flavours of the in season shellfish.

 
 

Great Italian Chefs

Our last, and probably most exciting news, was that October saw us launch our second website, Great Italian Chefs. Giving us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the inspiring chefs cooking at the very top of the Italian gastronomic scene, we were incredibly proud to welcome twenty-one Michelin-starred chefs to our family.

 
 

Coming up next month on Great British Chefs…

We’ve got Taste of London: The Festive Edition 2015 to look forward to in November which features several of our favourite chefs, Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing, José Pizarro, Jeremy Pang and Scott Hallsworth among others. Heading further afield, we are excited to be attending the inaugural Eat Jersey Food Festival 2015 hosted by Mark Jordan, and getting into the kitchen for the first time with chefs including Peter Joseph of Tamarind of Mayfair, Claude Bosi of Hibiscus and Bryn Williams of Odette's and Porth Eirias. On the road once more, we’ll be back in the kitchen with chefs Agnar Sverrisson, Graham Campbell and Daniel Galmiche, sharing more fabulous food ideas, and of course watch out for more developments on Great Italian Chefs – so there is guaranteed to be no shortage of incredible foodie inspiration for November!

 
 

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