I must be one of the luckiest food bloggers around! Due to other commitments, I had missed out on Miele's St. Patricks Day experience back in March, but this was an invitation to go the Summer BBC Good Food Show on a Saturday and I was free! After my fabulous experience last November with Miele, I was really looking forward to going, and it didn't disappoint.
On arriving, we were met and looked after by 3 Miele/Forever Better representatives, who I would like to say a big thank you to, and especially Steph, for all her hard work that went into organising the day.
It was brilliant getting to meet these other food bloggers:
Jules - Domestic Goddess in Training
Celine - Black Salt
Jan - What Do I Want To Cook Today
Naomi - Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried
Sylvie - A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit
A food demonstration by Simon Rimmer
First stop was the Summer Kitchen demonstration by Simon Rimmer. It's interesting to hear the patter and see what the chefs are cooking. I would be extremely nervous, cooking in front of a massive, hungry, foodie audience - but Simon was cool, calm and very funny as he demonstrated his 3 dishes, steak tartare, a fish dish and banana tarte tatin.
Simon cooked steak tartare
Next up was a coffee stop behind the scenes, and a photo opportunity with the top chefs as they relaxed before their turns on the various stages.
Seeing the gorgeous Gino D'Acampo, Simon Rimmer and the Hairy Bikers, backstage
Hairy Bikers on stage
Gino D'Acampo's turn
After lunch, we had time to wander around the stands before we met up at the Miele stand to see the latest in fabulous kitchen appliances.
Look at those faces - that is serious kitchen appliance envy, from Anne, Naomi, Jan and Sylvie
Gorgeous kitchen hob, complete with retracting salamander. In the right side of the photo is a fabulous wok cooking zone - the photo below shows the way the hob is indented to hold the wok.
Range of ovens
Now for the most nerve-wracking and exciting part of the day! All the food bloggers got to cook at the brand new Miele Cookery Experience. Our presenter was Sophie Michell and we made steamed Thai scallops and Thai lemon sole - which was stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad. The food was from the sponsor Sainsbury's, and it was all cooked on beautiful Miele appliances, including the new steam ovens. We even got to sit down and eat the food at the end!
The kitchens all laid out, ready and waiting...
Side view of the kitchens
The lovely Sophie Michell showing us what to do
Jules and myself, slicing the mango (thanks for taking the photo Steph!)
Phew, Jan is smiling - she's so laid back!
My Thai lemon sole, stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad
Sunita's gotta do what a food blogga does best!
Myself, Anne, Jules, Sylvie, Jan and Sunita - at the end of a super day!
Time for goodbyes and a last look around the show. The traffic was kind and I was home at a reasonable hour, and of course I took my new Miele cookbook to bed, food porn at its best!
Thank you again Steph and the Miele team for a wonderful day out!
As there are lots of photos, I'm going to do a round-up of some of the food stands and their products in the next post.
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