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Saturday, 29 November 2008

An Invitation to the BBC Good Food Show - part 1

Food blogging does have its occasional perks, the odd product to sample, a cookbook to review, or (and this is the foodie's dream) a day out at the Birmingham BBC Good Food Show courtesy of one of their sponsors, kitchen appliance specialists, Miele.

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I was up at 5.30 in the morning to meet other food bloggers that had been invited by Miele. We were met by Colin and Molly from Forever Better, Juliet from 1000heads and Kaz from Miele, for a VIP day at the show.

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Molly, Colin and Kaz

We had plenty of time to wander around the stands, checking out the latest cookware, new food/drink ideas and kitchen inventions.

It was wonderful to meet up with other British food bloggers. We laughed and, (unsurprisingly) ate and drank our way through the day. These were the other food blogging guests:
Becky - Girl Interrupted Eating
But, onto the highlights! A fabulous VIP lunch behind the scenes with the top brass from Miele, which included top chef James Martin doing a private book signing. It was followed by superb seating in the Supertheatre to watch James cooking a 3 course dinner.

While we were having our lunch, there was a plasma screen in the room showing the happenings from the Supertheatre, and guess what? He was actually cooking something from MY blog!!! No, really!
Well, ok, it was one of his own recipes, but you can see my version here, Strawberry Cream Cake, minus the spun sugar which is the thing that James is famous for! (I am going to give the sugar another go James, I promise! ;-)

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What are those dollops on top?

Afterwards, there was plenty more time to see the rest of the stands and buy foodie goodies to take home. A few of us even managed to squeeze into the Gordon Ramsay show, comprising of great cooking and very little swearing.

I must have been the last one to leave, security had to drag me out of there. It was raining and dark, it took me nearly 4 hours to get home, but was I bothered? Nah! I'll go to bed dreaming of James for many a night to come.

Thank you Miele, Forever Better and 1000heads!

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Sam and Katie, doing what food bloggers do best - eating chocolate ice cream for breakfast of course!!

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Where the heck are we?

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Got to have some food in this post, so here's my starter

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Katie's starter

Ooops, SORRY! Too busy chatting and forgot to take photos of the rest of the meal!

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Busy, busy, busy - James doesn't come up for air...

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Yep, that's me, the photogenic one, lol! (And um, what's his name again?)

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Me, Katie and Molly, proudly showing our off our books

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If you are going to the show, you don't get to see this - the room directly behind the stage where the prep goes on - I'm gonna be in trouble for taking this one.....

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Side view of the stage. I've really done it this time, I was told "photos not allowed, no, no, no!"

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We weren't even allowed to take photos inside the Supertheatre, but Gordon said it was OK with him, so one last sneaky one.

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It's to me, it's to me!!!

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Thank you Miele!

Coming shortly, part 2 - a tour of some of the stands.


Sam said...

Great photos, especially the one of me!

Marie Rayner said...

Looks like a great day was had by all Nic! I bet James was counting his lucky stars that he got to rub elbows with you lot! Actually that's a pretty good book. I have had it for a while now and cooked a few things from it, all very good.

Sylvie said...

Nic, that's brilliant. I was asked to, but somehow the e-mail disappeared from my inbox, so I could never get back to them! I wouldn't have been able to go as I was at a conference, but I wanted to say thanks at least and offer my services for next year. ;0) Looks like you had a fab time!

Joanna said...

Great to meet you, and I'm going to cook that pud of yours, straight off your blog, it's not in the book, so thanks for that

Love all your pics, and yours sneaked in from the side of the supertheatre came out brilliantly, mine were hopeless so I deleted them.

Sorry to hear it took you four hours to get home - when I left the traffic was grim for the first hour


Anonymous said...

I think your cake it prettier than James' . Glad you had a fantastic time too the whole thing totally overwhelming could easily spend a week there.

Katie said...

It was wonderful to meet you Nic. Great start to the write up. I look a little startled eating that ice cream. Love the sneaky behind the scenes pic and the one of Gordon!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What a fabulous event and a great way to spend a day. Thanks for sharing!!!

Deeba PAB said...

YAY YAY YAY for you Nic. How to leave!! What a great day you had & so much to do. Wonderful!! I'll try & sneak in the next wig & all!! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

What a great experience!

Jules said...

I was also invited, but couldn't get the time off work. I would have loved to have been there to meet fellow food bloggers.

Instead I went to the GFS today and had a good time. I look forward to reading part 2.

Jan said...

WOW!!! Lucky you!!!
Nic it looks like you all had such a great time. A great post thanks for sharing.

Snooky doodle said...

wow what a nice day you had. It s a food blogger s dream :)

Maggie said...

How wonderful for you all. So pleased that you enjoyed the show.
We went on Thursday and it really was a fun day out.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Oh wow, that sounds like a heck of a day! That looks like a lot of fun (and what a meet up with other bloggers!). Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Wow, how fun for you!!! Cant think of a better way to spend a day!

Rosie said...

Hi Nic just read about this on Katies blog too. I am so pleased you were all able to meet up - what fun!! Love the photo of you and James Martin!! Sounds like a lovely day.

Rosie x

Anne said...

I didn't realise you managed to get your piccie with James! So jealous wish I had brave to ask!

Was lovely meeting you :)

Nic said...

Sam - you have that certain something that the camera loves!

Marie - it was a great day!

Sylvie - that's a shame, maybe next time?

Joanna - great to meet you too! Those side photos could have been better, but I was pleased as I took them while walking.

Becky - thank you and I could spend a week there too!

Katie - thanks, you look great in that photo, I do love ice cream!

Valli - you are welcome!

Deeba - that would be so much fun, I think I have a pink one somewhere!

Ronell - it really was!

Jules. that's a shame, but it's great to hear that you still managed to go.

Jan - it was fun, we really did have a good day.

Snooky - I wish we could have a food blogging convention after that!

Margaret - I wish I had known, I would have spent some time with you.

Mike - it was a blast, especially meeting the other food bloggers.

Megan - wish you could have come too.

Rosie - it's interesting to read everybody's take on the day. And James is really a nice chap.

Anne - lovely to meet you too. Sometimes you have to just get in there!

Maria♥ said...

Great pics Nic, looks like you had a wonderful day out.

Love the pic of James Martin and you ;o) I met him at the GFS in London and he signed my book too ;o)


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I love James Martin, so I am very, very jealous! Does he look even more tasty up close?

Tulip said...

Haven't been here for a while, so just had a catch up and WOW what a day you had...VIP indeed, how lucky were you...dead jealous here!lol
Haven't been to the GFS for years, your photos make me want to go again. Thanks for sharing Nic

Jeanne said...

Looks like a fab time was had by all - and lovely that you got to meet up with a bunch of other food bloggers!