November 2009 Archives

nigel-Haworth.jpgIn January, Michelin-starred hotel-restaurant, Northcote, celebrates 10 years of Obsession, its annual festival showcasing fine food and fine wine. This legendary gastronomic celebration offers up some of the UK and Europe's most talented chefs, each of whom cook an exclusive 'one night only' menu at Northcote, Lancashire.

To celebrate the festival's 10th Anniversary, chef Nigel Haworth and his business partner Craig Bancroft have confirmed a superb array of talent for Obsession 2010, which starts on Monday 25 January and concludes Wednesday 3 February 2010. Participating chefs include: Tom Kitchin, Phil Howard, Theo Randall, Lisa Allen & Angela Hartnett , Ken Hom, Jacob Jan Boema from Restaurant De Leest, Netherlands, Andrew Fairlie, Nathan Outlaw and Nigel Haworth himself.

Food critic and Great British Menu judge, Matthew Fort and food columnist and presenter Tom Parker Bowles, will be swapping their pens for spoons for one evening during the festival.

To mark the occasion, and Obsession have teamed up with industry cahrity Hospitality Action to give one lucky reader a chance to attend the last night of the event hosted by Nigel Haworth.

The prize includes:

• Dinner for two with matching wines on the last night of Obsession hosted by Nigel Haworth
• Overnight stay in the hotel
• Two Obsession 2010 cookbooks
• A set of Nigel Haworth's Food with Roots Hotpots

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize worth £500, all you have to do is donate £5 to Hospitality Action and your name will automatically be entered into the prize draw.




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A preview of Taste of Christmas 2009

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Taste of Christmas in partnership with Waitrose, returns to ExCel from 4-6 December, for three full days of indulgent eating, drinking and shopping.

Last week I was invited to a mini-tour of four of the restaurants that will be appearing at the three-day event and sample the food that they will be showcasing.

First stop was Trishna. Trishna showcases a combination of the Mumbai restaurant's signature dishes - along with a fresh take on the coastal cuisine of south-west India. On the menu at Taste will be Lobster and Crab Salad with Mooli, Cucumber, Cauliflower Pakora, Green Chilli and Lime (below)

lobster-salad.jpgNext on the tour was Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill which are offering two types of Oysters, native and Oysters Rockefeller (below). Oysters Rockefeller was created at the New Orleans restaurant Antoine's in 1899 and named after the richest American at the time, John D. Rockefeller because of the richness of the sauce. The sauce is made of spinach which is added to the top off the oyster, followed by breadcrumbs and baked.

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Following on from the oysters we headed to Japanese restaurant Sumosan in Mayfair. We were presented with a plate of maki rolls which were all perfectly made - which is what you would expect for a restaurant that has gained a reputation for serving some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan.

sushi.jpgAt Taste of Christmas expect sushi including Maki rolls such as Black Cod, Unagi, California and Salmon and Avocado (above).

Our final stop was to Tarmarind which specialises in stunning dishes from north-western and southern India. Chef Alfred Prasad presented us with Masala Welsh Lamb cutlets, Green Pepper Pulao, potatoes, broccoli and toasted cumin.


All in all the Taste of Christmas menu preview was was a great way to spend a lunch hour or two...

And if this has whet your appetite then why not enter our exclusive competition to win a pair of tickets to Taste of Christmas 2009. has teamed up with Taste of Christmas and is offering five lucky readers the chance of getting their hands on one of five pairs of tickets. All you need to do is e-mail your name, address and e-mail to with "Taste of Christmas 2009" in the subject line.

Winners will be selected at random at midday on Monday 30 November will be contacted via e-mail.

For more information on Taste of Christmas visit its website at

Photos by Katherine Alano

Video demos with Alan Murchison from L'Ortolan

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The video team at Caterer have been busy bees over the past couple of months travelling to some of the top kitchens to film some food demonstrations.

In September, we spent an afternoon with Alan Murchison in his demo kitchen filming four dishes from his menu at the Michelin-starred L'Ortolan in Reading.

Watch Alan prepare confit of duck and pan-fried foie gras; pan-fried organic salmon; confit shoulder of lamb and caramel souffle.