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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

November BBC Good Food Show with Miele

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Last Thursday I went to the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, courtesy of Miele who are one of the big sponsors of the show.
Once again, the show didn't disappoint. You would think that it would become boring and the stands would be the same each year, but no! There are new foods to be discovered, new appliances and fantastic gadgets - and this year MasterChef Live was bought to the show. Visitors could take part in the famous invention test and find out if cooking "really doesn't get tougher than this!"
I joined the Miele Cookery Experience along with other food bloggers, and cooked with Mark Lloyd. We also got to see Gordon Ramsay in the Supertheatre, as well as catching various chefs in the Magimix Theatre and the Market Kitchen.
I'd like to say a big thank you to Lauren and Cherry from Miele's PR company, Forever Better, for inviting me and for a great day!

The other food blogger attendees were:
from Joanna's Food
Rejina from Gastrogeek
Alex from The Princess and the Recipe

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Where to start?

There was time to browse some of the stands before lunching with other Miele guests. The Hairy Bikers came by to chat and do a book signing.

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Hairy Bikers David Myers and Simon King talking to the Miele guests, they are really lovely

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I remembered to take a snap of my starter, delicious smoked salmon

After lunch we headed off to the Miele Cookery Experience, where we cooked along with chef Mark Lloyd. We made venison sausage toad in the hole with red onion, chilli and redcurrant jam, together with some buttered purple sprouting broccoli which was steamed in the Miele steam oven. The batter for the toad was fantastic and I'll definitely be using that recipe again.

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Cooking at the Miele Cookery Experience (photo courtesy of Forever Better)

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Chef Mark Lloyd coming over to see if we were keeping up!

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My toad in the hole, chilli onion jam and brocolli - very tasty

After the cooking, we went to see Gordon Ramsay in the Supertheatre, he cooked 3 courses and was very entertaining.

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Gordon Ramsay and Mark Sargeant

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The prep room for the Supertheatre

I spent the last few hours visiting the stands and buying a few goodies to take home with me.

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Furness Fish & Game

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Paella pans from Spain

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Smoked foods from Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

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Oils and vinegars

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Cute cake stands with little hanging strawberries

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Giant cinnamon sticks from Fox's Spices

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Handmade chilli sauces

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Gorgeous kitchen appliances from Miele

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The MasterChef kitchen, all ready and waiting with the bags of mystery ingredients

Some of the celebrity chefs at the show

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Rachel Allen cooking Yorkshire puddings

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Rachel Allen and Jason Atherton in a cook off

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Chef Jun Tanaka

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Lovely Hannah Miles and Thomasina Miers

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Mary Berry

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My book signed "keep the pans hot!"

Thanks once again to Miele and Forever Better!

18 comments:

atdownunder said...

Wow, have never seen some big cinnamon sticks like that ! And it's true, the cake stand is so sweet !

diva said...

great photos! and u got to see Ramsay and Rachel Allen and Jun Tanaka?! what! the birmingham show sure sounds a lot more celebrity packed than our London one. looks like u had so much fun and tht toad in a hole looks delicious

sunita said...

Nic, what a wonedrfuil time you all had. Need I say that I'm a bit jealous?

Culinette said...

Thanks for sharing. Was it real cinnamon? Not the fake one? I'm a bit jealous too.

Bellini Valli said...

What an amazing event Nic. I do recognize Hannah from her blog and the rest of the lineup is impressive as well. So much fun!!

mangocheeks said...

I wouldn't have been able to get to this, so Thank you so much for sharing.

Margaret said...

Sounds as though you had a great time once again Nic at the GFS Birmingham.
We went on Friday and shopped until we dropped!

Nora said...

That picture of Rachel Allen pulling a funny face is fantastic! Looks like a really fab event - hope you came away with lots of goodies. :D

Jan said...

A great post Nic - glad you had such a good time. I really need to do my post now.
Ps: My back is much better today thank goodness.

Sophie said...

What a feast for the eyes!!

I also love the Hairy Bikers!! I love their recipes!! Rachel Allen is another favourite of mine! I have all of her excellent books!

And Jason Asherton & Jun Tunaka!! Waw!!!

And those super large cinnamon sticks: hahahahahaha,...lovely pixctures, Nic!

Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a great day! Did you spend a fortune?

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - that's quite a blogpost! Looks like you had a lot of fun, and I admire your toad in the hole... great work :)

Katie said...

Wow sounds like you had a fantastic day and got to see so many fantastic foodie products and meet so many great people. Your Yorkshire pudding looks wonderful

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Your food show looks much more hardcore than the NZ one! Love that photo of Rachel Allan - she's gorgeous! Sounds like a fantastic time.

gastrogeek said...

what a lovely write up - it was great to meet you!

Nicisme said...

Thanks everyone!

Culinette - I hope they were real sticks!

Jacqueline - I bought some maple syrup and some funky saucepans!

gastogeek - thanks! Was lovely to meet you too!

PastryPrincess said...

do you know when the next food sho is on - i'm dying to go!?!

Nicisme said...

Hi Pastry Princess! The BBC food shows are on in the summer and in November, check their website for details. I think the summer one might just be in B'ham and not London though.
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