I believe I am an adequate cook. Well, I have a Hairy Biker’s Cookbook and a tin opener and no-one to date has complained of food poisoning. But having taken myself off to the NEC last week for the annual BBC Good Food Show Winter, I’m now raring to go to attempt some of the recipes demonstrated by celebrity chefs and special guests.
The Show kicked off in Birmingham with its usual enthusiasm and the halls were packed with visitors. The offerings were plentiful from the TV chefs and celebrities in the Supertheatre to the Saturday Kitchen Live Stage, where the popular TV programme was brought to life. Currently the show attracts more than 2.5 million viewers and its live version returned to the NEC for its fifth year with each session packed with fans.
Familiar Saturday Kitchen chefs and some other special guests took on the Omelette Challenge: harder than it sounds according to the competitors. How many different variations is it possible to create from simply cracking a couple of eggs? More than you could possibly imagine! Larry Lamb and Johnny Vegas were among the famous faces showing off their skills .
The Supertheatre was as ever, hugely popular and entertaining. Celebrity chefs and experts, showed off their culinary expertise and introduced new and exciting recipes. Well-known faces included Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the Hairy Bikers as well as for the first time at the show, the Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo.
New for 2014
There were other innovations introduced specifically for the 2014 show, including The Belling Live Cook Stage where celebrity chef Brian Turner cooked up some traditional British treats and The Bakes & Cakes Stage.
My particular favourite, I have to admit, and very welcome as a new addition to this year’s line-up was The WineTubeMap Tasting Tour. Not that many of those attending really thought we needed a lesson in wine tasting in our humble opinions, but when it is billed as “a really brilliant and fun way to learn and taste wine”, it’s a no brainer.
No visit to the Show would be complete without a quick trip to the Producers’ Village where unusual delicacies from charcuterie to seafood, snails, and handmade peanut butter were tempting delights.
Here at AC Services (Southern) we might not be servicing the celebrities, but even they sometimes have oven nightmares. Could you imagine if one of the appliances used in the myriad demonstrations taking place throughout the three day show had failed? Talk about egg on face . . . though there were plenty to be borrowed from the omelette challenge!
To make sure that your equipment is fully up to date and serviced, simply give us a call on 01454 322 222 and arrange for one of our engineers to call round and check that everything is in order for the forthcoming festivities.