Whether you consider yourself to be a foodie, a food snob, a skilled chef or simply a greedy pig, MasterChef LIVE 2011 should unquestionably be your sanctuary for the next couple of days. At Olympia London from Nov 11-13, find yourself immersed in a bountiful offering of celebrity chefs, free samples, inspiring demonstrations and master classes.
Its not only Gregg Wallace, John Torode, Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti who will get your taste buds pumping at the Chefs Theatre and the MasterChef Demonstration Stage, but also be prepared to be wowed at the MasterChef LIVE Challenge where talented amateur cooks from around the country battle it out to be ‘top-dog’ live in-front of you.
Adorned with every kind of cuisine, food related school and shop possible, be prepared to get lost in a sea of awe in a state of spend-spend-spend the Grand Hall at Olympia. The old saying once you pop you just can’t stop comes to mind, with delicious free samples you’re sure to want to buy a piece of everything you try. From The Curry Sauce Company, The Garlic Farm and The Chocolatier, to On Café Cookery School and The School of Artisan Food, you are sure to need hours upon hours to look at every stall. The smells that consume every inch of this vast show space are inviting and mouth-watering and match the buzzing atmosphere with is quaintly adorned with food-lovers and enthusiasts alike.
The themes apparent at this year MasterChef LIVE seem to be centred around the opposing ingredients of fish and chocolate; not together of course.
Both Claire Lara (crowned first ever female winner of MasterChef: The Professionals), and the infamous Monica Galetti (Senior Sous Chef at Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche and manager of Le Gavroche des Tropiques), utilised our fishy friends to create mouth-watering dishes, whilst renowned culinary master James Martin devised a orgasmic desert of a melt in the mouth chocolate pudding with flamed Satsumas.
Claire Lara’s dish of seaweed wrapped whole baked gurnard with fennel salad and sticky blood orange looked particularly tasty as she rustled it up effortlessly on the MasterChef Demonstration stage at 3.00pm, Nov 11, in front of eager eyes. Wrapping the gurnard in the seaweed seemed to be the trick of the day, leaving her with a perfectly cooked and tender juicy fish. Lara has the ultimate dream to open her own business. “I want to open up my own restaurant one day with my chef husband Marc”, she said.
Co-presenter and Chef of Something for the Weekend Simon Rimmer introduced “Very Naughty Baked Alaska”, a dish sure to
tickle your taste buds, creamy chocolaty and indulgent.
If you want a full MasterChef meal try The Restaurant Experience and simply trade your money for special MasterChef tokens: 1DC = £1 and let yourself loose on the treats available, such as Smiths of Smithfield’s Chocolate Pot with Marshmallow Cream and Honeycomb. Each dish is also accompanied by a true match of Hardy’s wine, which tops off this gourmet experience.
Tickets now on sale from £20.50, here.