Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody, now that my schedule has quietened down a little I will tell you about my live cooking demonstration, showcasing what the great produce suppliers down at Miranda Westfield have on offer, this was on behalf of the guys at the Hospitality Establishment who do an amazing job, it is always great to work with such a professional company who have exacting standards! The demo kitchen is well stocked with great equipment from DeLonghi, Kenwood and Braun.
This was an exciting new experience for me as although I have cooked in front of large groups of people, judges and open kitchens, and have talked to groups of people. I hadn’t spoken to a group of people before through a microphone explaining what I was doing. I was a little nervous for the first recipe but then I started to find my groove and over the next few days I really enjoyed what I was doing and I think it showed we had lots of people coming up for samples interacting, asking for recipes and most importantly rushing off to buy the ingredients so they could make the same at home for their loved ones.
We were trying to inspire the Christmas shoppers to support the small businesses in the area, taste things they would not necessarily consider and maybe inspire them to try cooking something new over the festive period or anytime for that matter. The recipes were specially developed to showcase what these stores had on offer, seasonality was important, so we could really showcase these ingredients at their best.
I developed the recipes pretty much the evening before each event so I could have a chat to the guys and girls working in the store to find out what they really wanted to showcase. It was inspiring talking to these foodies, finding out what they found special and cooking in my style, to show them different a different interpretation of their produce. Also as what happened on some of the days sell the product that was being showcased I found that really satisfying.
I will be releasing the recipes on my recipe page over the next few weeks so make sure you stay tuned for each as they appear, please send me pictures and feed back of what you create and I will do a blog post on them when I have enough content…