Saturday, 6 May 2017

HOME Supper Club

I've been thinking for some time about hosting a supper club. I like the style of supper clubs; communal dining, new people, new conversations in an informal environment with food that expresses the hosts personality and hospitality. I was planning on launching this earlier but then along came MasterChef! It was a fantastic opportunity and experience and I am still on a high from it! MasterChef has totally changed my cooking direction. Before the show I would have very rarely have cooked food from my background and upbringing. My preferred style being modern European (whatever that is!). Since MasterChef the food I had previously avoided cooking has now became my point of difference and my inspiration for my first supper club HOME.

The food was the starting point but I wanted to do something positive with all the amazing support I had received while on the show. That lead me to the decision to donate all my profits from these supper clubs to three charities. The charities in question are The Wallich and The Huggard Centre both based in Cardiff and both aim to tackle homelessness. I am not an expert on this subject and I can only go on my own experience but it seems as if this issue is on the increase and I want to help. The third charity is UNICEF with specific regard to their Syrian refugee fund. It is hard to even understand what the people effected by the war in Syria have been though and are going through, especially the children. Many of whom have been displaced from their homes as a result and have lost their parents. I as a father am a mess when I see the reports on the news that focus on the children that have been effected by the war and again I know my contribution is minuscule in the grand scheme of things but I want to help.

What all the above charities do is aim to get the people that benefit from them one step closer to a roof over their heads and one step closer to something they may eventually be able to call HOME.

The food at the supper club will reflect food from my home, that is food of my upbringing and background and I would love it if you could join me at this event.

The menu will comprise of a welcome cocktail (obvs didn't have this growing up!) followed by a two course set menu. The main course being a vegetarian Thali,  filled to the brim with my family favourites and a few twists on the traditional. The second course will be Kheer, a spiced basmati rice pudding. 

I am lucky enough to be able to host this event in the enchanting West Lodge in Bute Park Cardiff that is home to the fantastic Pettigrew Tea Rooms. I love this place and I cannot believe that I get to host my first event in such an amazing building. 

Tickets will be sold at £25 each and can only be purchased via Billeto: Links below

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I hope you can make it and thank you once again. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

MasterChef 2017 - Final 10

The last few weeks have truly been the most intense, exciting, amazing, stressful and inspiring weeks of my life. As I'm sure you know by now my MasterChef journey has come to an end with me finishing as one of the Final 10 contestants and missing out on proceeding to the Semi-finals.

The process has been quite a roller-coaster ride with soaring highs and regrettable lows but throughout it I have endeavoured to try my best and keep on going. I've tried to keep my stress in check but in the end the accumulative pressure of the competition finally got to me. It's nerve wrecking constantly thinking about the competition, what you are going to cook, how is it going to taste, what do the judges think and what will people think. I really put myself out there and it's fair to say it has taken a sizeable chunk out of me.

That being said I am honoured and privileged to have had a chance to take part in such a well regarded and renowned show like MasterChef and for that I am truly thankful. I am super proud of my achievement, from the hundreds of applicants, starting 64 contestants, I finished in the Final 10 and that is something I will never forget and I will hold my head up high.

I've mentioned before the pressure has been more than I could have ever imagined but it has not put me off cooking. Far from it. It has confirmed that I want to do more. It has also confirmed to me that if you do not at least try to chase your dreams you will never know what you could accomplish and I think that is what I will take most from this process.

So what now? Well, I'm just getting started! I want to cook for you lovely people! There are already plans underway for my first pop up event at the end of May, my first cooking demonstration in July and I plan to keep the blog going too!

I want to thank you all for coming on this adventure with me and for your support along the way which has been truly incredible. The support I have received from you amazing people has been more than I could have ever imagined,  I will never forget it. Diolch!

Details to follow about my first pop up event at the end of May!