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Stir it up magazine May 2017

COOKS CALENDAR Read e rs ' Li ves 1 Name: Steve Clark 2 Job title: Head chef 3 Place of work: Bromley Court Hotel, Kent 4 Typical working hours: 8am-6pm/12pm-9pm five days a week 5 How long have you worked in the catering industry? 23 years 6 Most interesting fact about you I support two football teams – Gillingham and West Ham. I’m from Gillingham but, when I was a kid, everyone supported Liverpool or Man United and I wanted to support a different team so I plumped for West Ham. I could never claim to be a glory hunter! 7 Favourite cuisine: Thai at the moment. I also love BBQs. 8 Signature dish: Duo of Kent Lamb, shoulder braised with ratatouille, seared cutlets, spring vegetables and rosemary jus. 9 Must-have kitchen gadget: Vita Prep blender – it makes the best purées and soups and you can even grind your own spices in it as well. 10 Top culinary tip Prep little and often so everything is fresh, but remember most things take longer than you think. 11 Who is your inspiration and why? Rick Stein, he’s just so interested in and enthusiastic about food not just cooking it but where it comes from, how it’s grown and looked after and about the people who produce it from scratch. 12 Favourite Country Range ingredient and why? The Country Range brand offers quality across the board and is as good as branded, but I particularly like the Country Range Chocolate Drops - dark, white and milk. We put them in sauces and mousses and you honestly can’t taste the difference between that and a quality branded chocolate. MAY spring onions strawberries asparagus gooseberries NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.uk TOMATO WEEK www.britishtomatoes.co.uk 222-8 BRITISH 29 SPRING BANK HOLIDAY (SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ENGLAND AND WALES) 1 Early May Bank Holiday (Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales) BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK www.sandwich.org.uk 7- 13 9 - 15 COELIAC AWARENESS WEEK www.coeliac.org.uk Foodies Festival, Bristol www.foodiesfestival.com 15 – 21 NATIONAL VEGETARIAN WEEK www.nationalvegetarianweek.org 27 – 4 English Wine Week www.englishwineproducers.co.uk apricots spring lamb What’s in Season? 13-19 1214- rhubarb JUNE globe artichokes Craft Guild of Chefs Awards Westminster Park Plaza www.craftguildofchefs.org British Hospitality & Tourism Summit, Grand Connaught Rooms, London www.summit.org.uk 7 British Frozen Food Federation Dinner Dance and Awards www.bfff.co.uk What’s in Season? British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week (schools) www.foodafactoflife.org.uk UK YOUNG SEAFOOD CHEF OF THE YEAR - GRAND FINAL GRIMSBY INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY CENTRE, LINCOLNSHIRE 151-8 BBC Good Food Show Summer, NEC Birmingham www.bbcgoodfoodshowsummer.com FATHER’S DAY 1 13 18 25 6 8 121-6 Jewish Food Festival, London www.gefiltefest.org NACC CARE CHEF OF THE YEAR FINAL, BARKING AND DAGENHAM COLLEGE www.thenacc.co.uk/events/care_chef_year aubergines fennel raspberries broad beans peas COOKS CALENDAR 4 MAY 2017


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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