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Friends of Hope Fundraiser
April 8th 2014 @ Bangkok Brasserie, Winchester, Hampshire

Antony spoke at a fund-raising supper in Winchester on Tuesday 8th April in aid of The Friends of H.O.P.E, an amazing small charity that has been helping the rural poor and tribal communities in the Nilgiri Hills of India for the last 15 years. It was a great evening and over £2,000 was raised including an auction of a meal at The Greyhound, donated by Antony. AWT has strong associations with India on his grandmother’s side and also worked for the Taj group in Mumbai.

Friends of H.O.P.E promotes sustainable livelihoods by encouraging and teaching organic bio-dynamic farming, by training key village women to provide basic primary health care in remote villages where there is no healthcare cover, and through education. Friends of H.O.P.E believes that by restoring the goodness to the soil, bio-dynamics offers a solution to the world’s food problem as yield can be significantly enhanced, with corresponding increases in the nutritional content. Friends of H.O.P.E is also funding a monitoring programme which promotes Siddha medicines and natural nutritional supplements in the fight to improve the quality of life for HIV/Aids sufferers.

See www.friendsofhope.org.uk for more information about the work of the charity.

Antony with winners' at 2014 Free From Food Awards - 25th March 2014

FreeFrom Food Awards - Winners 2014

An Evening with Antony Worrall Thompson
Wednesday 5th February at The Wood Norton in Evesham from 7.30pm.
£45 for four course dinner inc. wines

From Menage a Trois in Knightsbirdge, to his current stable of restaurants in Kew, Windsor and Henley-on-Thames, Antony Worrall Thompson has spent over 35 years working with food. With appearances on ITV’s This Morning, BBC 1’s Question Time and Grumpy Old Men to name but a few, Antony was one of the nations favourites on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here...

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Antony cooking at the Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 1st November.
Its 10th year and helped raise £10K to Children with Cancer. A good time was had by all

The Pride of Reading Awards Video

Antony launches the Free From Eating Out Awards
at the FDIN Free From Summit in September 2013

Free From Eating Out Awards Video

Listen again to Antony on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show talking about 'food spillages'
19th September 2013

 

(Photograph taken by Nick Ayliffe)

Antony with winners' at 2013 Free From Food Awards - Tuesday 13th April 2013

The Free From Food Awards Winners Video

Listen to Antony being interviewed on Radio Berkshire's Breakfast Show
Saturday 24th October, around 7.45-8.00am

Listen to his views on Pippa Middleton's new book on entertaining.

 

(Photograph taken by Nick Ayliffe)

Antony on Henry Kelly Show on Radio Berkshire
Saturday 13th October

 

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(Photograph taken by Nick Ayliffe)

Antony on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire
4.20pm, Friday 14th September

 

On Vic Minett Show - discussing honey and recipe

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(Photograph taken by Nick Ayliffe)

Antony on BBC Radio Wales
1.30pm 21st June 2012

 

Discussing Exeter University's findings - should we all eat less meat to save the planet?

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(Photograph taken by Nick Ayliffe)

BBC Good Food Show Scotland promises even more...
AWT makes and appearance

Come and see Antony on Saturday 22nd October 2011
cooking up a storm.

Continuing to grow and shine, the BBC Good Food Show will be at the SECC Glasgow from 21 - 22 October with celebrity chef demonstrations, cookery master classes, whisky and food tastings and the finest local and international produce.

Antony doing his demo in Zero Waste Scotland's sponsored Winter Kitchen at the show with compare, Lisa Faulkner (winner of 2010's Celebrity Masterchef) - in suport of Love Food Hate Waste of which Antony is a firm supporter of lovefoodhatewaste.com

Celebrity Chef Night with Antony Worrall Thompson
in aid of Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan’s 470 Olympic campaign

Saturday 14th of January 2012 Malahide Rugby Club €100 per ticket, €1000 for a table of ten

Auction with Denis Drum including the following items: Signed Munster & Leinster Rugby Jersey, signed Irish Rugby Jersey, Grand Slam Rugby tie donated by Ollie Campbell, Signed Irish Soccer Jersey, Four ball with Philip Walton and Two paintings by Alan Kenny.

Contact 018453459 for bookings. Cheques made payable to Ger Owens For more details about the team go to www.470ireland.com and follow their progress on Facebook

(Saturday) Christmas Eve

9-10.00am - Andrew Peach Breakfast Show - Radio Berkshire - Christmas tips

Christmas Day

9-10.00am Radio Five Live Breakfast - phone in - getting you all cooking and giving tips

Sunday 1st January

11.15am - Radio Kent 'Sunday Supplement' - phone in - what to do with Christmas leftovers

Monday 2nd January

9.30pm-10.00pm- Sky News - Reviewing tomorrow's newspapers in the studio

Over Christmas

Reading 107FM - Listen out for Antony over the Christmas period giving tips on leftovers

The One Show on BBC1

Watch Antony on Thursday 8th December 2011

'The Roasts of Christmas Past'

BBC Four documentary on Christmas food 'The Roasts of Christmas Past' is scheduled for transmission on 9pm on Sunday 18th December.

The Toys That Made Christmas

Christmas Day at 9:00pm on BBC2. See what toy Antony had as a child.

Pick up some Christmas tips on Christmas Eve

Tune in to Antony on the Andrew Peach Show on Radio Berkshire from 9.00am

Listen to Antony on the Henry Kelly Show reviewing papers this Saturday

Saturday 15th October from 9-10.00am

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Cash in the Celebrity Attic

4th April 2011

Cash in the Celebrity Attic contentCash in the Celebrity Attic will be repeated on Monday 4th April at 15.00 on BBC2.

The show that turns hidden treasures into cash and viewers’ dreams into reality.

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Liza And Huey’s Pet Nation (repeat)

26th January 2011

Sky 1 HD presents Liza & Huey’s Pet Nation, a brand new, prime-time entertainment series hosted by Liza Tarbuck and Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan.

Liza and Huey share a keen wit and unique and genuine passion for people and animals. They explore the wonderful world of animals from heartfelt stories to amazing recoveries, talented animals to unruly pets, celebrity animal lovers and extreme owners.

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Tune in to the Pride of Britain Awards

ITV1 on Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm

Tune in to the Pride of Britain Awards which Antony and his wife, Jay, attended.

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Listen to Antony

Listen to Antony on BBC Radio's Five Live Drive Time tonight just before approx 4.50pm - re cruises Click Here to Listen

Slow cooking with Antony Worrall Thompson

Slow cooking with Antony Worrall Thompson

How to flambé your Christmas Pudding

(Mary Berry, Antony Worrall Thompson)

Pavlova with Antony Worrall Thompson

Pavlova with Antony Worrall Thompson

Ice cream van with a difference - Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Porthleven Food & Music Festival, Cornwall

Saturday 26th April 2014 10am-11pm

Free Entry

Click here to view article

 

www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com

FreeFrom Food Awards 2014 – Shortlist

Proud to be involved in 2014 FreeFrom Food Awards. Check out the shortlist

 

www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk

Write It 2014

Aspiring young food writers it's not too late to enter the Guild of Food Writers' Young Food Writer of the Year Competition. Open to young people aged 11 to 18 the Write It competition invites entrants to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject.

 

For full details and to enter the competition, download an entry form from www.gfw.co.uk. The deadline for entries is Monday 12 May 2014.

The Good Food Guide Readers'
Restaurant of the Year Awards!

Loved your experience at The Greyhound? Then why not nominate us for The Good Food Guide Readers' Restaurant of the Year Awards!

 

Nominations can be made online at www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/feedback or nomination forms can be picked up from The Greyhound.

The Hospitality Show - January 21st 2013

Some shots from Antony's candid, no-holds-barred interview, centre stage at The Hospitality Show at the NEC on January 21, 2013 which drew the crowds at this popular event.

Saturday 1st September - Whittington Countryside and Craft Fair

BRITISH STREET FOOD AWARDS

Antony is delighted to be a judge at these awards again on Sunday 16th September 2012

Press release below from www.britishstreetfood.co.uk .

Launched in 2010, the British Street Food Awards is about recognizing the best of the 10,000 mobilers who sell their wares on our streets. This year’s awards will take place at Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, London, N1 7LP from 15-16 September 2012. They will be part of Fifteen Street, a festival supporting Jamie Oliver's Fifteen. The restaurant uses food to give unemployed young people a chance to have a better future. Fifteen per cent of the ticket price for Fifteen Street will go straight to the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

Britain’s best street food traders will be heading to London this September – in an extraordinary array of vans, trucks and trailers – to go head-to-head for the 2012 British Street Food Awards. In last year’s cook off, Café Mor won the right to cook for the athletes in the Olympic Village....

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Lichfield Food Festival

Antony will be one of the celebrity chefs supporting the Lichfield Food Festival this year. Come and see his demo and enjoy Staffordshire's newest gastronomic festival.

For tickets and more information, visit: www.lichfieldfood.co.uk

Henley Literary Festival

Good literature and good food go hand in hand and each year the Henley Literary Festival continues to grow and attract some fabulous names. This year's festival is on from 24-30 Sept, so why not make a day and night of your visit to Henley-on-Thames and join us at The Greyhound for lunch, afternoon drinks or dinner?

For more information on the festival, visit:, www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

Porthleven Food Festival, April 21st 2012

Antony will be doing a cookery demonstration and signing copies of his latest book at the Cornish food festival of which he is the patron. As someone who is passionate about using local produce in his own restaurants, Antony will be appearing in the main marquee, where you can sample the delights of produce local to Porthleven.

For more information about the event, click here

www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

Antony at the Taste of Christmas event

Antony is taking part in this year's Taste of Christmas
at London's Excel on December 4th.

Alongside other celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Michel Roux Jnr and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Antony will be taking part in a cooking demo and sharing some of his top festive tips.

For more information and for tickets to the event, click here

Pride of Reading Awards 2011

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Antony is delighted to be of the judges on the Pride of Reading Awards 2011 which takes place Wednesday 23 November. Reporting of the event will be in the Reading Post and their relevant websites. Pictures of this year's event will follow.

Meanwhile, pictured here is last year's event to give you a taster: June and Craig Hayward of Sweeney & Todd pie shop in Reading with AWT and Steve Belam, manager of the Reading's landmark shopping centre, The Oracle. AWT. Chris Tarrant, Danyl Johnson, AWT, Nick Bateman.

Pride of Reading recognises town's unsung heroes (read more here)
Those gathered to applaud the award-winners included Sir John Madejski, chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Daniel Galmiche, and Debbie McGee. ...

Antony on The One Show

 

Catch Antony appearing on The One Show progamme on Wednesday 7th September BBC1 @ 7.00pm

Heatons, The Park Carrickmines, Dublin

 

Heaton’s , The Park Carrickmines, Dublin. Antony will be launching his range of cookware in store from 12 midday to 2pm. What’s more, everybody who spends over £50 will get a FREE signed cookbook.

Antony demonstrated on Ireland AM (television) on Tuesday 27th September. View Video

British Street Awards

Antony together with food writer, Richard Johnson and actress cookbook writer, Fay Ripley plus others judging

 

 

Ginger's Comfort Emporium awaiting first customers of the day; Street Kitchen's elegant Airstream open for business; The judges hard at work

TOP PANCAKE TIPS
Shrove Tuesday 12 February 2013

 

Pancake day still has strong roots with many restaurants, schools and homes doing the business and providing a great stack of delicious mouth-watering pancakes. I always enjoy making a great pancake; I remember an appearance I did making pancakes at the IKEA Cook Shop at Lakeside Thurrock in Kent, a few years ago. I had a super morning there with the customers, children and staff ; everyone really got into the swing of it! I see residents of Henley on Thames, where The Greyhound is based, are being urged to enter the Mayor’s pancake race for charity. And why not?

Pancakes provide the perfect vehicle for both savoury and sweet fillings. They are simple and straightforward to make and cost next to nothing for the fun experience.

And it appears that pancakes are not just a British thing, they happen the world over, the same idea, different names. The Dutch enjoy large thick ones, America too, the French paper thin crepes, Russians add yeast and buckwheat to produce blinis and in India they use lentil flour to create dosas. And of course, a similar recipe with different equipment produce waffles, the key ingredients being flour, liquid and egg.

I don’t know about you, but I always find the first pancake that is cooked proves to be the difficult one to turn over or flip. It’s almost as if the pan has to become seasoned by the batter. Whether to flip or whether to use a spatula depends very much on confidence, type of pan, thickness of the pancake batter and the amount of oil or butter in the pan. I like a non-stick pan with the merest hint of fat, just brushed over the surface prior to cooking. Don’t overheat the pan, or the batter will set before you‘ve had time to swirl the mixture over the base of the pan. Don’t overbeat the batter because you don’t want the gluten in the flour to overwork. Allow the batter to rest for ½ hour which allows the liquid to soak into the gluten then strain through a sieve to remove any lumps. The batter should be the thickness of single cream.

So to round up - here are my key points for a perfect Pancake Day 2013
• For Perfect Batter, I suggest… Sift 175g of plain flour into a bowl and add a pinch of salt and 1 dessertspoon of caster sugar. Add two large free range eggs and one to two egg yolks and beat to combine. Next mix 150ml of milk with 150ml of water and add this slowly, stirring until the batter is covered in bubbles. Allow it to stand for one hour. Add three dessertspoons of melted butter before pouring in the pan to fry in the usual way. This will make six large pancakes.
• Make a pancake stack by layering pancakes with thinly sliced ham and cooked spinach combined with béchamel. Layer the pancakes 6 high and coat the whole with hot reduced cream and grated gruyere cheese. Bake in a hot oven until bubbling and golden.
• For a blueberry sauce, excellent for pancakes, mix together 55g caster sugar, ¼ teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon, 2 level teaspoons of cornflour and 150ml water. Stir to a smooth paste, add 2 bay leaves and 450g blueberries. Simmer until the liquid thickens and the sauce is glossy. Adjust taste by adding lime zest, lime juice and sugar.
• Pancakes are simple and straightforward to make and cost next to nothing for the fun experience.
• First pancake to be cooked proves to be difficult to turn over or flip. It’s almost as if the pan has to become seasoned by the batter.
• Whether to flip or whether to use a spatula depends very much on confidence, type of pan, thickness of the pancake batter and the amount of oil or butter in the pan.
• I like a non-stick pan with the merest hint of fat, just brushed over the surface prior to cooking.
• Don’t overheat the pan, or the batter will set before you‘ve had time to swirl the mixture over the base of the pan. • Don’t overbeat the batter because you don’t want the gluten in the flour to overwork.
• Allow the batter to rest for ½ hour which allows the liquid to soak into the gluten, then strain through a sieve to remove any lumps. The batter should be the thickness of single cream.
• Try a light sifting of fine icing sugar on pancakes as an alternative to sugar
• When doing buckwheat pancakes - if the batter seems too thick, adjust by adding a little more milk
• Pure maple syrup will cost more than the artificial ones on the market – don’t skimp on the pennies when buying maple syrup - the purer the better.
• Use free range eggs and ensure they are room temperature

Antony Worrall Thompson Supports Cooking Safety Campaign

Berkshire business owner and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson is supporting Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s February safety campaign by encouraging people to ‘keep looking when cooking’.

February offers plenty of opportunities for foodies to show off their culinary skills, from flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (12 February), to whipping up a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day (14 February), or enjoying some home-made chips during National Chip Week (18-24 February).

But with most accidental fires in the home starting in the kitchen, it is essential to take extra care and not allow yourself to get sidetracked when cooking. Of the 388 accidental house fires in Berkshire during 2011-12, 221 (57%) started in the kitchen and of those 92 (42%) were caused by people getting distracted or falling asleep.

To stop your culinary creations turning into a cooking catastrophe, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Antony Worrall Thompson are offering the following advice:

• Never leave cooking unattended, even for a minute.
• Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking medication.
• Keep the oven and grill clean – a build up of fat can easily catch fire.
• Don’t fill a chip or hot oil pan more than one third full of oil.
• If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot – turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
• Never throw water on a chip or hot oil pan.
• If fire breaks out, don’t tackle it yourself: get out, stay out and call 999.

Antony Worrall Thompson, owner of Berkshire restaurant Windsor Grill, said: “As a chef, I know all too well how important it is to ‘keep looking when cooking’. But whether you’re a practised cook or a keen novice, a moment’s inattention can mean the difference between a delicious dinner and disaster. Don’t take the risk – if you need to leave the kitchen, even just briefly to answer the door or the phone, always take pans off the heat and turn off the oven first.”.

Paul Jacques, Group Manager for Prevention at RBFRS, said: “We are delighted that Antony is supporting our campaign by helping us to spread the cooking safety message. Kitchen fires can cause terrible damage and even lead to loss of life but you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following our simple safety tips.

“It is also vital to make sure you have working smoke alarms. Fitting smoke alarms to every level of your home and testing the batteries every week could save your life in the event of a fire.”

A FLIPPING GOOD IDEA!

Pancake Day falls on 12th February this year and those good eggs at the British Hen Welfare Trust are encouraging the nation to dig out their pancake recipes and take part in their Free Range Friday fundraiser.

Free Range Friday asks people to use free range eggs in all their cooking and to think about how their shopping choices can make a difference to the welfare of the humble laying hen. Even though the old style battery cages are no longer used in the UK, about 20 million hens are still kept in colony cages, and imported battery eggs are prevalent in processed food.

So why not host a free-range Pancake Party? The fact that you will be enabling more hens to enjoy life free-ranging outdoors, whilst raising funds for a very worthy charity, will enable you to enjoy some yummy scrummy pancakes – guilt-free!

To receive a Free Range Friday fundraising pack which includes everything you need to make your pancake party an egg-cracking success, please email Naomi at freerangefriday@bhwt.co.uk or go to www.bhwt.org.uk

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.

Free Range Friday: join in our national fundraising and awareness campaign! For a fundraising pack please email freerangefriday@bhwt.org.uk

Young Food Writer of the Year 2013

Entries are now being sought for the Guild of Food Writers’ annual Write It competition. Aimed at aspiring young writers who have a real interest in food and writing, the competition is open to young people aged 11 to 18. The Write It competition invites entrants to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired their interest in food, a restaurant review, or a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers' market or food shop. Alternatively it could be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates the young writer.

This year’s distinguished judges are Elisabeth Luard, author and food writer; Alex Renton, journalist and food writer; and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. Magazine. They are looking for impressive writing skills as well as understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

The winner will be announced in early June and will receive a library of the books shortlisted for the 2013 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards. He or she will also enjoy a visit to the delicious. test kitchen, and the winning piece will be published on the delicious. website, deliciousmagazine.co.uk. Entries must be emailed to Jonathan Woods, jonathan@gfw.co.uk by Friday 10 May 2013.

For more information please visit www.gfw.co.uk or contact: Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers: telephone: 020 8659 0422; email: jonathan@gfw.co.uk. You can follow the Guild on Twitter at twitter.com/guildfoodwriter

PINK LADY INTERNATIONAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com

I want to tell you about Pink Lady international food photography competition!

It’s open to amateurs and professionals alike – and those interested have got until Jan 31st to get their entries in. I’ve attached more information about the competition as well as one of last year’s stunning winning images.

Joining the judging panel are chef and restaurateur, Antonio Carluccio, Saturday Kitchen’s James Martin, restaurateur and food writer, Bill Granger, veteran food broadcaster, the wonderful Prue Leith and The One Show’s Jay Rayner. Lending their vast photographic expertise to the mix are Ellen Silverman, food photographer for Gwyneth Paltrow and David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s food photographer.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on 20th March 2013 and the winners will be announced at an awards evening at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London on 23rd April 2013. One overall winner will receive £5,000 and all shortlisted images will be showcased to the public at a four-day exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and then toured across the country during 2013.

Pink Lady® apples are packed with goodness – they are a natural source of energy and a single apple supplies a quarter of your day's vitamin C. In addition, you’ll find boron to keep your bones strong, and pectin, which helps your body digest food more efficiently. What’s more, with an average 100g Pink Lady® apple containing under 50 calories, they’re the perfect ingredient or snack for a healthy lifestyle. For more information visit www.pinkladyapples.co.uk.

So get snapping, folks

ANTONY

Thermapen, Special offer to you 20% off

A favourite kitchen gadget of mine (and many other celebrity chefs & professional cooks) is the superfast Thermapen which is now available to home chefs and BBQ fans.

The food thermometer has an easy to read digital display that gives an accurate temperature reading in under four seconds. Available in a range of 13 colours; whether you are a serious technical baker or just want to enjoy meat that is both succulent and cooked safely, it’s one for your kitchen.

For recipes that involve sugar, such as jam, or chocolate it’s easy to read display gives a quick and accurate food temperature in less than four seconds. It’s water resistant casing contains ‘Biomaster’ to reduce bacterial growth and is practical and washable.

The Thermapen costs £57.60 and is available from www.thermapen.co.uk

Buy online at www.thermapen.co.uk Simply quote: AWT20 in the voucher box at the checkout, then click ‘add’ to receive your 20% discount.

Discount applies to internet orders only made via thermapen.co.uk before 31.1.13

Cook It 2013

Cook It!, the Guild of Food Writers’ annual cooking competition for children, is 10 years old in 2013. To celebrate, aspiring young cooks are being offered the chance to win a fantastic family break, courtesy of the sponsor Gold Top.

For Cook It! 2013, the Guild of Food Writers is inviting those aged 10 to 16 to create a two-course meal that they would cook to impress their friends. Stefan Gates, the celebrity TV cook, author and one of the competition’s judges, explains what the judges are looking for: “We want to see a main course and dessert that not only look and taste delicious but show real skill. It is also vital that the recipes show as much originality as possible.”

To coincide with Cook It!’s birthday celebrations, the Guild is extending the competition to 15 and 16-year-olds for the first time. There are two age groups, 10 to 13 years and 14 to 16 years (on or by Saturday 31 August 2013), with the winner in each category winning a four-night family break at Sandsend Cottages in the fantastic seaside village of Sandsend near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

In addition, the school attended by the winner in each category will receive a one-day visit from the Electrolux Mobile Training Academy and a selection of small kitchen appliances for their Food Technology kitchen.

The four runners-up will each win an Electrolux Silent Blender and a selection of cookbooks.

The talented finalists will be invited to recreate their winning dishes in an exciting cook-off at the Electrolux Training Academy on Thursday 20 June 2013 in front of a team of judges. Joining Stefan Gates on the judging team this year is Alex Mackay, well-known author, chef and broadcaster.

Andrew Payling, Chairman of Quality Milk Producers, is delighted that Gold Top is to continue its sponsorship of this prestigious competition. He said: “It is so important for young people to have an interest in food, to understand where it comes from, and have the skills to cook nutritious meals from scratch.

There is a real wealth of talent out there and the level of creativity, skill and imagination of the finalists is inspiring. Gold Top is proud to be a part of this.”

Helen Haider, Marketing Manager for Electrolux said: “Electrolux was excited to host the Cookit Competition in their training academy in Luton. We were amazed at the high standard of cooking and presentation that the finalists produced in a state of the art kitchen more often used by professional chefs. The finalists had to work in an unusual environment and under quite a lot of pressure, but all delivered great dishes. The enthusiasm was inspiring and we hope we see more contestants try out in the competition next year.”

For full details and to enter the competition, download an entry form from www.gfw.co.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday 19 April 2013.

The British Hen Welfare Trust

The British Hen Welfare Trust, of which I am patron of, has been chosen by Animal Friends Insurance to benefit from their Facebook charity of the month promotion during December. Each month they pick four different charities and the charity with the most votes will receive £5000, second place receives £2000 and third and fourth places both receive £1500.

So if you have Facebook account please do vote. Click on the link to vote, (you will need to 'like' Animal Friends page first - they donate £1 for each like to animal welfare charities).

Please click on this link to the Animal Friends Facebook page to find out more or go to: www.facebook.com/FeelGoodPark. If BHWT win the £5000 it will make a real difference to them in their wonderful efforts to spread the free-range message! Thank you. AWT

The British Hen Welfare Trust is a national charity that re-homes commercial laying hens, educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. Its ultimate aim is to see consumers and food manufacturers buying only UK produced free-range eggs, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial laying hens enjoy a good quality life.

Free Range Friday: join in our national fundraising and awareness campaign! For a fundraising pack please email freerangefriday@bhwt.org.uk

Pride of Reading Awards 2012

 

"Shame I wasn't able to attend Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 23 November - hear it was a great event. Congrats to all involved"

www.getreading.co.uk

Bonfire Night - 5th November 2012

I love bonfire night (5TH November 2012) and more often than not we have a bonfire night party, invite all the neighbours and friends around, each donating a firework. We usually feed quite a crowd so here are some recipes which will help your party go with a bang and sizzle! And those nice people at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have also given me some great tips to share on how to make your bonfire safe – so check out what they have to say.

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‘REMEMBER, REMEMBER’ TO TAKE CARE THIS BONFIRE NIGHT

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging people to ‘remember, remember’ to take extra care this Bonfire Night. Rockets can travel at around 150 miles an hour and simple sparklers can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000°C. Fireworks cause hundreds injuries every year, many of which are avoidable, so it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

Bonfires:
• Build bonfires well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures
• Never burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – many produce
toxic fumes and some containers may explode causing injury
• Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it could quickly get out of control
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
• Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and pets away from it

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British Sausage Week

November 5th – 11th November 2012

Stand up and be proud of your bangers!

As I said in my review of top chef’s Paul Gayler’s book Sausages: Mouthwatering Recipes from Merguez to Mortadella, sausages are very close to our hearts in this country.

If it’s the lure of a perfectly made Cumberland sausage and some colcannon mash or a chilli sizzling sausage on the BBQ we just love ‘em! . Chilly November is one of the best times to enjoy some sizzling British sausages and here are a couple of my favourite sausage recipes for you to try. With over 400 varieties of sausages alone in this country – you’d better get cracking!

And to celebrate British Sausage Week – I shall be putting a sausage dish on the menu at The Greyhound, Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire.

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As well as being proud patron of Thames Valley Farmers' Market www.tvfm.org.uk) I know you are keen to know of other markets which are trending everywhere at the moment because of the global move towards healthier eating, living and spending. To celebrate this growing movement, Essential Travel (www.essentialtravel.co.uk) has put together their favourite ten farmer’s markets from both the UK, and around the globe. Here is their list:

Winchester Farmers' Market, Hampshire This bi-monthly market exemplifies the spirit of the farmers' market. All the incredible produce comes from local farmers and suppliers. From standard fruit and veg to organic soap made from goat's milk, you'll find an incredible selection. It’s this blend of top quality goods and innovation that has won Winchester the FARMA’s ‘Urban Farmers' Market of The Year’ award.

Stroud Farmers' Market, Gloucestershire Stroud Farmers' Market has been critically acclaimed by several major UK publications, taken home awards and become one of the most talked about markets in the nation. Running every Saturday between 9am and 2pm throughout the year, the market hosts up to sixty stalls that offer all the delicious, wholesome produce you'd expect from suppliers who grow their own goods. During the last weekend of each month a Flea Market joins the scene and gives shoppers an impressive range of stylised garden accessories and furniture to browse.

Bath Farmers' Market, Somerset Bath Farmers' Market was the first of its kind in the UK, dating back to September 1997 as a response to Local Agenda 21 and the move towards localised solutions for national problems. The market, which began as a monthly initiative to do something positive for the whole community, has turned into a celebrated affair. From prize-winning cheeses to meat, seasonal fruit and veggies, pastries, cakes and homemade preserves, the produce delights anyone's taste buds. The market's pledge is for quality and fairness all round. www.bathfarmersmarket.org

Moseley Farmers' Market, Birmingham Moseley Market is another big, multiple award winner (most notably the 2012 FARMA 'Best Market' award), committed to benefiting the community. Held every fourth Saturday of the month, Moseley Market has over fifty stalls and offers a wide range of produce that's as tasty as it is healthy. All surpluses made by the market are reinvested into the community, in keeping with its initial goal to add a new shopping experience for locals and visitors. www.moseleyfarmersmarket.org.uk

Edinburgh Farmers' Market, Edinburgh Scotland's largest market is set against the backdrop of its spooky and beautiful castle, making it one of the most scenic locations on this list. It's also a great market that offers a wide variety of locally grown and reared produce, ranging from game specialities like water buffalo to seafood delicacies like lobster, as well as veggies, micro-brewed beer and wine, crafts and more. There are over fifty stalls operating every Saturday. www.edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk

Chico Farmers' Market, California Chico is aptly known as the 'City of Trees', a nickname that becomes blatantly obvious the moment you drive into town. The almond and walnut fields, as well as the oak trees lining the streets, are part of the charm of this agricultural city in Northern California. It also boasts one of the nation’s most festive and friendly markets and over the years has developed a reputation for being a firecracker market that may be small compared to those in San Francisco or New York, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in good vibes, variety and top quality products. ”Fortunately Northern California is the bread-basket of America, almost any kind of fruit, vegetable, nuts and grain grows here,” explains Reid Seibold, one of the market's key vendors and facilitators. “It's one of the few climates where everything does well. We're uniquely set to have a great farmers' market here.”

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria market dates all the way back to the 1200s, when it was first used as a meat market for local farmers. What stands today is a colourful celebration of flavours, smells and textures that will appeal to all your senses at the same time. The variety of fruit, meat, vegetables and flowers is mesmerising and the market's has become world-renowned. If you haven't been to de la Boqueria, it's because you haven't been to Barcelona yet.

Port Louis Market, Mauritius Mauritius is a small, lively tropical island off the coast of Africa. Most tourists come for the affordable, all-inclusive resorts, stunning scenery (including the beautiful Le Morne Peninsula – a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and impressive coral reefs. But the market in the capital city ends up turning as many heads as the natural attractions. Inside the main produce building you’ll find a hugely impressive selection of fruit, veggies and herbs .Outside you’ll find three separate buildings for beef, pork and seafood. Be sure to head inside early if you’ve got a weak stomach because the heat can make things a bit pungent by the early afternoon.

Wild Oats Community Farmers' Market, Sedgefield, South Africa Wild Oats Community Farmers' Market has one of the premium spots in the world as its venue: the Garden Route of South Africa. Before you've had a chance to process the smell of the food and freshly cut flowers, your eyes are absorbing everything around you. The long, hilly road that takes you to Sedgefield, where the market is located, is punctuated by a number of spectacular vista points and stopovers. The market itself is outstanding. It has been the recipient of multiple awards since opening in 1999 and has spearheaded a nation-wide wave of markets that try to emulate the Wild Oats “Slow Food” ethos - visitors and locals are given the opportunity to discover exactly what they're eating, where it comes from and whom they are supporting.

Medina Of Marrakech, Morocco Morocco's famous Medina is a spectacular display of human motivation, as the market sets up and closes with the rising sun each day. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Medina is by far the most mysterious and enchanting entry on this list. Rather than a cover band and buskers on the sidewalk for entertainment, you'll find snake charmers, fortune tellers and sword swallowers. And the spices and local food are just as unmissable and hypnotic. It's more like a bizarre dream than a traditional farmers' market and it deserves to be visited in person to be fully appreciated.

This list has been taken from the Essential Travel magazine which can be found at www.essentialtravel.co.uk

British Cheese Week

Saturday 22nd September to Sunday 30th September 2012

There was a time when French cheese was revered by those in the know, and British cheeses were rarely seen on a respectable cheese board, but then those were the days when we brought our children up on the red football, Edam! How things have changed, we have so many cheeses in this country that match anything the French can produce, if not more - we need to be prouder of these artisan cheesemakers. The sad fact remains that most of us are very unimaginative when it comes to a cheese selection, still sticking with cheddar for the most part. Now there’s nothing wrong with cheddar, it’s a delicious cheese when made correctly, but let’s look beyond the big C – although if you do like your cheddar then you can look no further than Keen’s Farmhouse Cheddar, made in Somerset by the Keens family since 1899 and has one nearly as many awards as our Olympics team! When putting together a cheese board as well as thinking of flavours, have a think about textures, soft or hard, creamy or blue.

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"I am delighted to be supporting this super project (see below) for our local community, near The Greyhound. If you are local – please support it – and if no, how about setting one up in your area? Use the glut of fruit around to make jams or chutneys or make smoothies, muffins, pies or tarts with fruits in your fridge that are starting to go soft, too. Freeze leftover lemon and lime peel so when a recipe calls for zest, you can just grate it without wasting the rest of the fruit. Look out for some of my tasty recipes in the booklet." - Antony Worrall Thompson

Reading gears up for Tutti Fruity Weekend

A new community action project, Reading’s Tutti Fruity Weekend, will take place on Saturday 29 September at the Warehouse Community Centre. The event, a fun family based afternoon, will start at 2 p.m. and finish at 5p.m. On the day members of the public who have spare fruit in their gardens are encouraged to bring it along for others to use. There will also be various family activities being run simultaneously, including apple juicing and a ‘longest apple peel’ competition.

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Fancy a lovely walk in the Chilterns this Sunday?

As patron of Child Bereavement UK - I have enormous pleasure in inviting you to take part in the Turville 10K walk, the first event organised by Galanthus, fundraising in aid of Child Bereavement UK on Sunday, 9th September, from 9:00am onwards (start between 9:00-11:00am).

THE EVENT: A circular walk of approximately 10K (6.5 miles) taking in some of the best Chiltern countryside. Join us for a minimum donation of £11 (£6 for under 14s). Starts at the Chequers Inn, Fingest, Oxon. RG9 6QD www.chequersfingest.com. (Unsuitable for first time walkers).

WHERE: The route skirts Little Frieth, Skirmett and Turville before returning to Fingest, and if you want an extra challenge, head up Cobstone Hill to see the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang windmill. The route is “undulating” with some steeper inclines, but the scenery is stunning

REFRESHMENTS: £6 food ticket includes a Walkers Breakfast (9:00-11:00) and Survivors Barbecue (15:00-18:00) at the Chequers Inn. Liquid refreshment at the Chequers Inn and along the way.

BOOKING: click here to register or to make a donation.

Galanthus, fundraising in aid of aim to raise £1,000 to provide direct support to children in Buckinghamshire who have recently been bereaved and parents who have lost a child. Child Bereavement UK has a national Helpline and website resources for bereaved families and educates organisations (schools, NHS staff, Police and others) supporting bereaved families through their work – see www.childbereavement.org.uk.

WIMBLEDON

The Wimbledon tennis fortnight is here again, along with bowls of probably the best loved of the red fruits by the British public; the strawberry. The caterers must be very pleased that because of our recent weather there will be a bumper crop of strawberries for us this year. ‘We will have plenty of fruit for the Jubilee and Wimbledon, which was a worry a few months ago’ said Laurence Olins, chairman of British Summer Fruits, the body that represents over 90 per cent of our berry growers. And he should know!

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National Jam Week!!!

18-24 June 2012

Jam making runs in our blood; it’s part of our heritage – you only have to think of the Jam and Jerusalem, synonymous with the thriving WI, the stratospheric success of Mary Berry’s The Great British Bake Off (BBC) and our love of farmers’ markets to see that we’ve never really stopped making jam (or loving it) As long as you take your time, have all the equipment laid out and ready to hand, it really should be a synch – and now is the time to take advantage of fruit prices.

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Father's Day

 

Father’s Day is a relatively new occurrence, creating to complement the ever popular Mother’s day. ‘Created’ in 1910 by a Mrs Sonara Smart Dodd in Spokane, Arkansas who heard a sermon about mother’s day and thought that fathers should also be celebrated. It was going to be commemorated on her father’s birthday, 5th June but that didn’t give the church enough time to prepare so it was held off to the third Sunday of June each year. So there you have it!

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Just in time for the Diamond Jubilee

 

After keeping us guessing and waiting throughout nearly the whole of May, that most British of vegetables has finally arrived, giving us plenty of home grown asparagus in time for the long weekend and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The majority of retailers are now stocking 100% British asparagus so make the most of it whilst it’s here… There are five weeks left of the official season and the long term forecast for June currently is very positive with warm and dry conditions predicted. Great news for UK growers since asparagus is a ‘sun-worshipper’, throwing up an abundance of spears when the weather is warm. Asparagus is on the menu at The Greyhound so come and enjoy.

To celebrate here’s a delicious asparagus recipe to enjoy and for more information on asparagus click here.
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Antony supports the Child Bereavement UK Charity's Red Chocolate Elephants initiative

 

The Child Bereavement UK Charity, of which Antony is a patron, recently launched a new initiative to help children cope with the effects of a suicide in the family.

Red Chocolate Elephants is a new book and DVD, compiled after vast research and written in the words of bereaved children, which aims to help parents and professionals tackle this sensitive subject and the questions that children often have.

To read more about Red Chocolate Elephants click here or you can order from Amazon here or directly from the Child Bereavement UK Charity.

AN EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

 

I’d like to thank you all those of you have emailed and written in to wish me a happy birthday, yesterday (posted 09.05.2012)

Another year older, hopefully another year wiser! Thank you.

To celebrate and give a little something back – here’s a really easy birthday cake that I’d like to give you – it looks spectacular, I promise
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CHARITY SEEKS EGG-LOVERS TO CROW ABOUT FREE RANGE!

 

Interested in eating cake, guilt-free, for a good cause? Then read on! Friday 4th May, and the first Friday of every month thereafter, is FREE RANGE FRIDAY, when the nation is being asked to get together to enjoy free-range eggs in all their guises. Yes, that includes cake - or anything else made with eggs for that matter, be it quiche, pasta, biscuits, omelettes, pancakes, or ice-cream - as long as the eggs are free-range!

FREE RANGE FRIDAY is the brainchild of the British Hen Welfare Trust, a national charity which educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry. The awareness and fundraising campaign encourages people to think about where the eggs in their food come from, whilst having a get-
together to raise funds to support the work of the charity.

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St George’s Day

 

The Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are deeply patriotic and show off their roots through their clothing or national flag at every possible opportunity and yet we must ask ourselves why this day is the least popular of our national days? The Welsh have a ball on St David’s Day, the Irish (and most of the world) go wild on Paddy’s day and the Scottish get pretty uplifted, why not the English? Why aren’t we proud of the flag except when the English football team are playing?

In addition, we tend to be very insecure about English food, but the English have plenty of dishes to be proud of dishes include, fish pie, shepherds pie, lancashire hot pot, steak and kidney pudding. we all love these dishes - it’s food that’s built for comfort and not for speed and that’s the key, we all need to indulge a little in foods that make us feel good. and who doesn’t love an english pudding, crumbles, sponge puddings, bakewell tart, sticky toffee pudding? we excel at these.

Today is St George’s Day, the feast day of St George, so if you’re English, shout about it, show a little pride and get stuck into that all time great, roast rib of beef with all the trimmings or if not today – make a mental note to experience it at the weekend.

Long live St George!

FreeFrom Food Awards 2012

 

The UK's only awards for FREEFROM excellence - Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free & Nut Free!

Antony was proud to once again present the annual FreeFrom Food Awards on April 17th in London.

The UK's biggest awards for excellence in FreeFrom foods, this year was the 5th year of raising awareness within the industry for FreeFrom foods. For more details on the winners and information on gluten free, wheat free and diary free products, click here.

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Thames Valley Farmer's Market patron
Antony Worrall Thompson promotes Race For Life.

 

The Windsor Farmer's Market (in the street outside the Windsor Grill and the Windsor Larder) will be totally pink on April 7th to show its support to Cancer Research UK, one of the beneficiaries of the upcoming Race For Life. Antony says, "“As a patron of TVFM, I am tickled pink that Race for Life is joining the Windsor Farmers' Market in April. Come and support them next month - both need your support."

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Thames Valley Farmer's Market patron
Antony Worrall Thompson promotes Race For Life.

 

The Windsor Farmer's Market (in the street outside the Windsor Grill and the Windsor Larder) will be totally pink on April 7th to show its support to Cancer Research UK, one of the beneficiaries of the upcoming Race For Life. Antony says, "“As a patron of TVFM, I am tickled pink that Race for Life is joining the Windsor Farmers' Market in April. Come and support them next month - both need your support."

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Big Jubilee Lunch 2012

Sunday 3rd June 2012

A one-day get-together for neighbours across the UK, proudly supporting The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

This year, The Big Lunch, the nationwide community event by the Eden Project, will be held on June 5th. To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee that weekend, it will be renamed The Big Jubilee Lunch.

A Big Jubilee Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic. Visit www.thebiglunch.com for more deatails on how to get involved.

January 22-28 2012 is Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

 

As someone who understands the importance of a good breakfast, Antony fully supports this great initiative. We urge you to check out the website for ideas and recipes to inspire your breakfasts and use the produce our farmers supply.

If you need more inspiration, the Windsor Larder serves many of Antony's favourites for breakfast every day!

View 'Mums on the run' recipe and the full article here

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Calling all young, aspiring Food Writers…

The Guild of Food Writers 2012 WriteIt competition has arrived….

Entries from aspiring young food writers are now being invited for WriteIt! the annual competition organised by the Guild of Food Writers.

Open to students aged 18 and under, the Guild of Food Writers’ WriteIt! competition invites entrants to write a non-fiction feature of around 750-words on any food-related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired your interest in food; a restaurant review; a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers' market or food shop. Alternatively it could be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates you.

The winning entry will be announced in early June and the lucky winner will receive a library of the books shortlisted for the 2012 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, and enjoy a visit to the delicious. magazine’s test kitchen. The winning piece will be printed either in delicious. magazine or on its website. Email your entries to jonathan@gfw.co.uk by Friday 11 May 2012.

For more information, please visit www.gfw.co.uk/writeit or contact :Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers. Telephone: 020 8659 0422

Thames Valley Farmers' Market
promotes World Diabetes Day.

 

To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the Windsor Farmers' Market (in the street outside the Windsor Grill and the Windsor Larder) will be totally pink on November 5th to show allegiance to the Diabetes UK charity's colours.

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Country Life’s ‘Buy British’ campaign.

 

Antony is delighted to announce his pledge to support Country Life’s ‘Buy British’ campaign, which is raising awareness about the importance of buying British food. Pledge your support by visiting www.enjoycountrylife.co.uk

AWT joins Too Good To Waste campaign

 

In an effort to cut food waste, AWT restaurants have signed up to the Sustainable Restaurant Association's Too Good To Waste campaign which encourages diners to ask for a doggy box to take home leftovers.

Research has shown diners are embarrassed to ask to take home uneaten food and the campaign, involving 80 well known restaurants, hopes to address the issue by making the doggy box a common sight in the best restaurants across the UK.

For more information see the press release here, or visit
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AWT supports RSPCA campaign during British Egg Week

 

Freedom Food and the RSPCA recently ran a competition for children to highlight why we should all buy better welfare eggs rather than battery farmed. The competition centred around a new animated character called Hettie The Hen who will be at the forefront of the campaign to educate young people on the importance of free range eggs. The winner won himself a part in the animated video, which you can see here

Farmers Market welcomes the Merry Men of Windsor

 

On December 3rd, the Thames Valley Farmers' Market (in St Leonard's Road outside the Windsor Grill and the Windsor Larder) will be attended by members of the Merry Men of Windsor - local businessmen who have stripped off for a calendar to raise money for the Thames Hospice and the Parapet Breast Clinic.

As a patron of TVFM and supporter of local causes, Antony (who isn't in the calendar himself) is urging locals to visit the market and buy a calendar as a Christmas present for someone this year to help the Merry Men hit their fundraising target.
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