Archive for April, 2012

Well folks, i’m afraid it’s game over and I was totally gutted to narrowly miss out on the opportunity to cook for the judges by just one point. However, once again, the Great British Menu has been a truly amazing experience and a real challenge.

I was happy with my Podium of Puddings on last night’s show and I thought it really embraced the Olympic theme. However the standard was really high all week and the boys’ scores  just topped me at the last hurdle! 

Nigel Howarth was a great mentor and I wish Charlie and Colin all the very best in tonight’s show when they cook for the judges – I will be watching!

Please click here for my Podium of Puddings recipe.

Thank you to all of you who watched me this week on the Great British Menu and for all your kind comments.

I am just getting prepared for the Spring Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate – there’s no rest for the wicked! My demonstrations are at the cookery theatre at the following times:

Saturday 28 April – 12pm – local produce and foraged items

Saturday 28 April – 3:30pm – cooking a three course meal alongside the director of Womersley Vinegar

Hope to see you there!

Steph x

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Dear Wild Cooks,

Following on from last night’s ‘Team Spirit Re-Vealed’ I am delighted to be back in the race.

Cooking on a big green egg is an amazing experience and it really gets all the desired flavours to the meat.

Nigel’s pep talk on last night’s show really helped me focus my mind on the two final courses and I felt a huge sigh of relief when he announced the results for the main course!

Click here for my Team Spirit Re-Vealed recipe.

Tune in tonight at 7:30pm on BBC2 to see my Podium of Puddings.

Steph x

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Well folks, the fish course is done and although Nigel did not like my ‘Olympic’ theming and props, things turn a corner for me tonight with my veal main course.

The fish course recipe was well received by the Brownlee brothers (they ate two bowls full!) and it was a pleasure to go to their home and meet the boys and their family.

I was so impressed by their determination and the family’s support was incredible, with mum and dad travelling all over the world to watch and support their boys.

Have some fun during the Olympics with my See-Food fish recipe…remember the goggles and nose pegs!

Tune in tonight at 7:30pm on BBC2 as we battle it out for points on our main courses.

Steph x

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Well Wild Cooks, I am glad the Great British Menu is rolling for the North East.

I watched the show at home last night and I cannot believe I had a long beep on the ‘Beeb’ when I dropped my goats cheese! This will do wonders for my street credibility especially with the young chefs at Rudding Park!

The goat’s milk I used on last night’s show is an amazing product and the drive up to Yellisons Farm is stunning – they are very spoilt goats!

As promised, please find my Goats Cheese recipe here.

Watch this space for the next instalment. Tonight’s “SEE FOOD” recipe will be on the blog tomorrow.

Steph x

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The Great British Menu is hard core, it’s like doing a chef’s SAS week and is not for the faint hearted! However, even after years in this profession, last year proved to be an exciting challenge for me and I was delighted to be asked to take part again this year.

Steph- Great British Menu offical photo copywrite of Optomen television

Steph's Great British Menu offical photograph (copyright of Optomen Television)

This year’s theme is the Olympics and there have already been some amazing stand out dishes on the show.

This week is the start of the North East Chefs so tune in tonight at 7:30pm on BBC2 to watch me compete alongside Colin McGurran, Chef Owner at Winteringham Fields, and Charlie Lakin, Head Chef at The Marquis of Alkham. They are both great guys and there is plenty of chefs’ banter in the kitchen!

Unfortunately I cannot let slip yet how I got on, however I can exclusively reveal my menu to you all:


Watch out for my Get Set Goats Cheese recipe blog tomorrow morning!

You can also be assured that I used local Yorkshire produce at its best as, being a Yorkshire farmer’s daughter, I always try to support the local agricultural community.

My best course this year? My worst? Well folks you will just have to see, however one thing is for sure – my menu is entertaining and different!

What you may not realise is all the chefs see the programme for the first time along with everyone else – scary stuff!

Tune in tonight at 7:30pm on BBC2.

I’m off to brush my hair!

Steph x

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