Wednesday 2 December 2015

Masterchef Judge - John Tarode

Another day and another celebrity cook! This time I went to see John Torode. To be honest I wasn't really a huge fan of Johns - nothing against him at all in fact all that I knew of him before was that he is a judge on Masterchef! The venue for his cookery presentation was a department store in Coventry called Leekes again somewhere that I hadn't heard of before - it was in a strange location a department store just off of a roundabout all on its own!

Inside there is a Neff kitchen all ready for cookery demonstrations!

I met up with some members of the Baking club that I belong to which is always fun as they are a real laugh! We had good seats and sat down to watch with a glass of cava which was a lovely way to start!
John arrived very chirpy and bouncy and cooked 3 dishes - Curry Cutlets with chickpeas and potatoes, Passion Fruit Pudding and Fancy French Toast. we were given a recipe leaflet of 2 of them but they can also be found in his cookbook.

The food he cooked was available to taste at the end of the demonstration and I hung about until the end so only had a small sample to try - unfortunately the Curry Cutlets had been devoured but there was a lot of chickpeas and potatoes which tasted divine and I am definitely going to attempt this recipe. The Passion Fruit Sponge was good and I have made a similar lemon sponge before - again another one to add to my list of things to make. I didn't try the French Toast as it had the dreaded bananas in it! ( not a fan of bananas!) but it looked tasty.

His book is full of food that as the name suggests is His Kind of Food that he likes to cook for his friends and family - to be honest I was a bit surprised as I was used to seeing him judging on Masterchef so presumed that the recipes would all be complicated and using hard to find ingredients but the book has some lovely recipes in - I did buy a copy and got it signed.

Overall it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon - John is a very funny man and gives you lots of interesting facts for example I didn't know that to make a Victoria Sponge you weigh the eggs and then use the same weight for eggs, butter and flour..... His book is full of tasty recipes and is currently a bargain on Amazon

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