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Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop 2014 Announced

BBCGFS best deli 2014

The Ludlow Food Centre was today announced as the Midlands’ Best Deli at the BBC Good Food Show, fending off competition from hundreds of entrants.

The BBC Good Food Show, in association with BBC Good Food Magazine has been scouring the Midlands’ for the past six months to search for the Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop. The Ludlow Food Centre has won the coveted prize following an arduous judging process, with the judges describing it as ‘the ultimate food destination in the Midlands’.

The team of experts from BBC Good Food have been collecting and reviewing hundreds of customer nominations from across the Midlands’, including  a mystery shopping exercise performed by some of the Midlands’ top bloggers and a visit from Katy Truss of Fabulous Food Finds.

As well as winning the coveted title of the Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop 2014, the Ludlow Food Centre will receive a free of charge stand to promote their business to thousands of food lovers at the BBC Good Food Show Winter in Birmingham, which runs at the NEC from 27 – 30 November.

Ludlow Food Centre

The competition’s judging panel agreed that the Ludlow Food Centre is ‘the ultimate food destination in the Midlands.’ Located on the outskirts of the foodie mecca of Ludlow, Shropshire, it features a butchery, bakery, deli and units where artisan producers including cheese makers and coffee roasters are producing right in front of customers’ eyes. The judges were particularly impressed with 80% of their food coming from the local area. They also noted a loyalty scheme rewarding customers, with regular events involving the community. By employing over 80 people, they make a significant economic contribution to the area. The judges also commented: ‘They appreciate seasonality, source all their beef, pork and lamb from the Estate on which the farm shop lies and also have their own post office and soon to open cook shop’.

Barney Desmazery, BBC Good Food, Food Editor says: Once again during the search for the Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop we’ve uncovered some incredible food shops; from traditional high street deli to chicken shed turned farm shop, customers have nominated their favourite local food destinations across the Midlands. I’m really impressed with the winner ‘The Ludlow Food Centre’ and am sure food lovers from across the Midlands will agree that they are worthy winners of the Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop title.

The Judging Panel:

Katy Truss – Fabulous Food Finds

Barney Desmazery – Food Editor, BBC Good Food

Laura Biggs – Managing Director, BBC Good Food Shows

BBC Good Food Show Midlands Blogging Community

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Win Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Winter!


It is nearly that time of the year again! The BBC Good Food Show Winter will soon be here! It is on from Thursday 27th November until Sunday 30th November at the NEC and I am very excited! This year promises to be the biggest and best yet and here is why:

Paul Hollywood

  • Over 450 producers of food, drink and must have kitchen gadgets!
  • The Belling Live Cook Stage will see the legendary Brian Turner focusing on traditional British dishes.
  • The new live demo’s on the Hotpoint stand hosted by Lisa Faulkner
  • The Saturday Kitchen Live stand, sponsored by Lakeland and hosted by Glynn Purnell and Michael Caines
  • A new way to taste wine with The WineTubeMap tasting tours
  • The new Bakes & Cakes stage sponsored by Magimix and hosted by the gorgeous Marcus Bean (do you remember when I went to his cookery school here!)
  • As ever, there is is Supertheatre, sponsored by Kenwood which will see stars such as the Hairy Bikers, the yummy James Martin and the godlike Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood on the stage!

As I am one of a small number of official BBC Good Food Show bloggers, I am pleased to offer my readers a chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to the show. All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck! Hope to see you at BBC Good Food Show Winter! I will be there on the Thursday :-)

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A Day at Brompton Cookery School

Marcus, Daniel and I

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend the day at Brompton Cookery School in Shropshire. I was kindly invited by the BBC Good Food Show as I am part of their blogger community. The cookery school is run by Marcus Bean and his wife, Jenny. Marcus is hosting the supertheatre at the BBC Good Food Show Summer which starts tomorrow.

Marcus showing us around the garden

Marcus’ house and B&B

After arriving at the cookery school and meeting my fellow BBCGFS community bloggers along with Katy and Flo from the BBCGFS team, we were taken by Marcus on a tour of his very extensive garden. Unfortunately, Daniel woke up at this point so I did not fully hear everything Marcus was saying, however his house and garden are absolutely gorgeous and full of many inspiring and unique items that would encourage any cook to get in the kitchen.

Rob showing us how to make bread

Back at the cookery school, we were given a bread making demonstration by Rob Swift, of Swifts Bakery who regularly teaches classes at the school. He had brought a large amount of bread dough with him and much of the session was spent with Rob showing us the many different types of bread you can including rolls, tin loaves, and Twist breads. I hope to make one of these soon to show you how to make a simple and impressive bread.
Once Rob had completed his demonstration (and we had asked a million questions!) it was time for us to do dirty work and make some bread ourselves. I decided to make a ******** (I have forgotten the name! – baby brain! I will update the post as soon as I remember) as I am a great lover of pizza and this seemed to be great alternative and would be perfect to share at a picnic or BBQ. It was also simple to make which was good for my sleep deprived brain!
After our bread had baked and was cooling, we sat down to a delicious lunch kindly provided by the cookery school and a selection of producers who will be at the BBCGFS this year. While Rob had been doing his demonstration, Marcus had whipped up two asparagus quiches with wild garlic pastry, a glazed ham and a chocolate mousse with honeycomb for pudding. We also had a selection of breads from Swift’s Bakery, some Cheese from Mr Moyden’s, some Great British Sauces, a selection of products from The Garlic Farm and lots of tomatoes from The Tomato Growers Association to name a few. Lunch was amazing and it was wonderful chatting to so many like minded people.
As it was Marcus’ birthday, we had a mini blogger bake off and I made a rather large chocolate cake for you. Unfortunately I did not win the bake off but it was still a great chocolate cake. More to follow in my next post soon. At the end of a fun and busy day, we left with full tummy’s, heavy goodie bags and enough bread as we could carry.

Rob and Daniel

Duscosure: I was invited to the cookery school as a guest of the BBC Good Food Show. We received samples of products in a goodie bag at the end of the day. All opinions are my own. If you use the code above to purchase ticket(s) to the BBC Good Food Show, I will earn a few penny’s.











Win Tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Summer!


The BBC Good Food Show Summer returns to the NEC Birmingham from the 12th-15th June, promising to be one of the best days out of summer 2014! With an array of well-known brands, kitchen appliances and gadgets, a spread of the finest local and regional produce to shop from, and the best in live cooking, book signings and tastings all under one roof, visitors can expect a food experience like no other.

Highlights will include:

The Supertheatre – Following the success of last year, all advance tickets include a free seat in the Supertheatre where visitors to the show can see live cooking demonstrations from some of the best and most loved food stars in the country, including The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, James Martin and John Torode. This year, we will see Michelin-starred chefs go head to head for the Michelin Star Challenge.

NEW! Tom Kerridge hosts Saturday Kitchen Live – This year the ever popular Saturday Kitchen Live sessions in the Supertheatre on Sunday 15 June will be hosted by two-Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge with wine expert Peter Richards. Special guests this year include fellow Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar.

NEW! Summer Kitchen – Hosted by Lisa Faulkner, this brand new stage will see fresh faces, renowned chefs and winners from your favourite TV programmes.

NEW! BBC Good Food Kitchen – Serving up delicious dishes from the BBC Good Food recipe collection matched with superb wine options in a fine dining setting.

Good Food Bakes & Cakes Village – Dedicated to all things baking, this is the perfect place for all baking enthusiasts. Pick up tips and recipe ideas and buy everything you need to bake like the experts.

Producers’ Village – The Producers’ Village is a huge speciality food market at the heart of the show, packed with small artisan producers, Good Food Champions, and Bursary Award Winners who pride themselves in the quality and provenance of their produce.

Shopping – Pick up wonderful, innovative gifts and kitchen gadgets from the many exhibitors at the show, who will be demonstrating their products.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live – Tickets to the show include free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live where you can see gardening experts including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Diarmuid Gavin live on stage sharing their expertise.

NEW! Chef’s Kitchen Garden Containers – BBC Gardeners’ World Live have teamed up with the BBC Good Food Show chefs to bring you 10 Chef’s Kitchen Garden Containers. From Mary Berry’s edible flowers to The Hairy Bikers Asian Inspiration and James Martins Herbs for flavouring meat, there’s no shortage of ideas for growing in pots.

You can win one of two pairs of tickets to the show by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Competition closes Midnight on Sunday 8th June 2014.

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The BBC Good Food Show Winter is This Week!!

From Wednesday to Sunday of this week, the BBC Good Food Show Winter will be at the NEC, near Birmingham. My big bump and I are visiting on Friday and we are looking forward to seeing:
  • Lakeland are back at the show – they're sponsoring the free of charge Saturday Kitchen Stage and will have a shop at the show too where visitors can find the latest gadgets, Christmas gifts and baking essentials.
  • All the Great British Bake Off contestants from all series have been invited to the show, and many can be found demonstrating on the free of charge The Great British Bake Off Stage, along with GBBO Village with a fantastic selection of companies demonstrating, sampling and selling baking supplies, ingredients, equipment, baked treats and more!
  • The World Cheese Awards are being judged on the Wednesday of the show with over 3000 cheeses from all over the world on display. There'll be a tasting shop too for cheese fans to taste and buy their favourite cheeses.
  • Lots of small artisan producers where visitors can find some unusual that they won't find on the high street. We can stock up for Christmas on luxurious drinks, smoked salmon, juicy hams, free range turkeys, bacon, fizz etc.

If you want to join in the fun but have not got a ticket yet, you can use the discount code below to get 15% off the ticket price until Sunday. This offer comes to you, my readers as I am part of the Good Food Show Bloggers Community.


A few weeks ago, along with my fellow Good Food Show bloggers (Gingey Bites, Annie Ko, The Foodie Couple Blog & Glamour in the County) and our organiser and font of knowledge of everything to do with the Good Food Show, Katy of Fabulous Food Finds, we went to Fiesta del Asado for lunch. While we were there, owner and chef Aktar Islam was in the kitchen practicing cooking his dishes for the next series of Great British Menu. He wouldn't tell us what he was cooking but it looked very interesting!

While we were there, we ate a vast array of amazing food including fried whitebait, padron peppers, baby back ribs, grilled chicken, lamb and a couple of varieties of sausages, all served with homemade bread, fries with parsley and garlic, orange and fennel salad and Malbec sauce. It was delicious and I cannot wait to go back there again soon!

At the end of our meal, Nikki of Convivium Wines told us about an exciting new wine tasting concept that you can try at the Good Food Show called WineTubeMap. The basic idea of the map is that you find a wine (station) that you like then travel further up or down that line to find similar wines that you may like too. It is a really simple idea and I am sure it will be really popular at the show as it makes wine tasting much simpler and enjoyable to understand.

I hope you have a great time at the show if you are going. Please say hello to me and my bump on Friday if you are there then!!!

Thank you to Katy and the Good Food Show bloggers community for an amazing meal at Fiesta del Asado.

Disclosure: The meal at Fiesta del Asado was complimentary. I am attending the BBC Good Food Show Winter on a complimentary press pass. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.



Win Tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013!

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013

I am a massive fan of the BBC Good Food Shows and make sure I attend both shows a year at the NEC in Birmingham. This time, I am pleased to announce that I have five pairs of general admission tickets to giveaway to the BBC Good Food Show Winter which runs from 27th November to the 1st December 2013.

The Show will feature over 50 chefs and experts from across the country on 7 different stages this is the perfect place to prepare for Christmas! The nation’s favourite TV programmes will be brought to life with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry live in The Great British Bake Off, James Martin live in Saturday Kitchen sessions and John Torode and Gregg Wallace live in MasterChef cook offs on the Supertheatre, sponsored by Tesco finest. Visit The Great British Bake Off Village where you will find The Great British Bake Off Stage featuring some of the most popular past contestants and winners including the 2013 winner. The MasterChef Masterclass will host demonstrations from current champion Natalie Coleman as well as Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery. Plus Marks & Spencer will be bringing some Christmas sparkle to the Show on the Christmas Theatre. The Producers’ Village will be packed with some of the best artisan producers in the country including our pick in the Good Food Champions area as well as the Bursary Award Winners – perfect for picking up tasty stocking fillers and unique ingredients for the festive season.

Not a winner? To book tickets and for more information on the BBC Good Food Show Winter please visit or call 0844 581 1341

Use code JK20 for 20% off ticket prices until 29th October 2013, online or using phone number above

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BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part Three

Theo Randall Makes Pasts

This is the final part in my series on the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013. For the other two parts, please see here and here. After a quick lunch break and food from one of the street food vendors (more about them later in the post), my fellow Good Food Show bloggers and I went to the Supertheatre to see Theo Randall and Tom Kitchin cook live on stage. There was great banter between them and it was really fun to watch.

The Jabberwocky

Ross & Ross

Squisito Deli

Fresh Rootz

After the show has finished, I had time for a quick walk round the show and went and saw old friends, Kate from Gower Cottage Brownies and Tim from Macarons & More. It was great to catch up and see how fast their businesses are moving forward.

After this, it was a short trip back to the press office to hear talks from the Midlands street food vendors who were invited to the show for the first time and the Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners (who get a free stall at the show if their business is unique in some way). I went and saw the street food folk earlier on in the day (images above) and they seemed to be doing a roaring trade. For all of them, it was the biggest thing they had ever done. The story was the same for the award winners too. They are all had unique food products that they produced themselves and in some of the cases, they had gone from having the idea to setting up the business really quickly. It was lovely chatting to them.

The street food vendors were:

The bursary award winners were:

Soon though, it was getting close to 6pm when the show closed for the evening. I just had time to do a little bit more shopping then it was time to head home after an inspiring, interesting, fun and exhausting day.

Many thanks to Ginny, Katy and the team for a fantastic tine. I cannot wait until the show in November now! :-)

Disclosure: I attended the Good Food Show with a complimentary press pass. I purchased some products from the producers at full prices, others were given to me at a discount due to being press and others were received complimentary.


BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part Two

Galton Blackiston and I

While I was at the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013, and as a benefit of being part of the BBC Good Food Show bloggers community, I got the chance to interview Galton Blackiston.

Galton is a lovely guy who is very passionate about food especially the produce from his home county of Norfolk. He is very approachable on social media and is one of the best people I have had the chance to interview. The audio file of the interview is below. Apologies for the background noise. The interview was recorded backstage behind the Supertheatre and there was lots going on.

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Many thanks to Galton for doing the interview and to Ginny and her team at the BBC Good Food Show for setting it up and giving us the most fantastic day. Stay tuned for part three of posts about the Good Food Show where we talk street food and meet more amazing producers.

Disclosure: I received entry to the show via a complementary press pass. All opinions are my own.

BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part One

BBC Summer Good Food Show

A few weeks ago, it was the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I had such a fabulous time there but have been so busy recently I have not had chance to tell you about it until now. The day started with the show being opened officially by James Martin (pictured above).

Northern Dough Co.

Tan Rosie

Orchard Pigs Products

As part of the BBC Good Food Show Bloggers Community, we next had exclusive talks from three of the show’s most innovative producers: The Northern Dough Co., Orchard Pigs and Tan Rosie. It was interesting to hear from the producers and find out how the show had boosted their businesses and give them a wider audience to sell their producers.  I have been using Northern Dough pizza dough for the last couple of years and I am a massive fan. Orchard Pigs and Tan Rosie were both new to me. I loved the game pies from Orchard Pigs and chilli fudge from Tan Rosie.

Orchard Pigs Stand

Next, we had an exclusive tour of some of the show’s best producers by Katy Truss who helps bring producers to the show and is a very friendly face to them when they are there. We saw Rob on the Orchid Pigs stand, then we went to the British Tomato Growers Association. They had an amazing British flag made out of tomatoes on their stand.

From there, we went onto Edible Ornamentals who earlier on in the year, supplied us Good Food Show Bloggers with some dried chillies which I used to make the Hairy Bikers Gourmet Chilli. I brought a chilli plant and am longer forward to first lots of chilli’s from the plant soon.

Northern Dough Co

Next we went to the Northern Dough Co. stand who had just cooked a fresh pizza for us when we arrived. The base of the pizza was their rosemary dough which is my absolute favourite.

The Chocolatier

Our next stop was The Chocolatier who makes the most fantastic chocolate and the best of it is that, it has no cream, no butter, no eggs or gelatine in it. I loved his coke flavoured chocolate with popping candy in and was surprised at how good his curry chocolate tasted too.


For our last stop, we went to Demijohn where you can buy oils, vinegars and alcohol in whatever sized bottles you would like. My fellow bloggers had great fun trying the rhubarb vodka. I could not try as I am pregnant. I did try and fall in love with their extra virgin olive oil. I brought a bottle home with me and will be using it for salads and for dipping.

Many thanks to Ginny, Katy and the team for a fantastic day at the Good Food Show. Look out for part two where I interview Galton Blackiston and part three, where I meet even more amazing producers. :-)

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Disclosure: I attended the BBC Good Food Show as a guest of Haymarket and gained entry to the show with a press pass. Some items I received from the producers were complementary or in some cases I received a discount from them. All opinions are my own. 

I am a BBC Good Food Show Blogger!!

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Earlier on in the year, I was contacted the BBC Good Food Show asking if I would like to be a member of their new Good Food Bloggers community. Having been going to the Good Food Shows for many years, I jumped at chance to be involved and get the inside scoop. As part of the community, we get sent products from producers who will be appearing at the shows. So far we have received, some dried Edible Ornamentals Chipotle Chilli and some Farmer’s Fayre Rose Veal escalopes.

Hairy Biker's Gourmet Chili

With the smoked dried chipotle chilli, I made the Hairy Biker’s Gourmet Chilli with bitter chocolate. The Hairy Biker’s make regular appearances at the good food shows and being huge fans of theirs, it seemed the most appropriate thing to make. I adapted the recipe as I only used steak mince and also did not add any beans into my chill. It was gorgeous and the smoky chili really came through. I will definitely be making this again!


With the veal, I just served it simply griddled with new potatoes, green beans and carrots. It was yummy and has veal is really good for us, I will be definitely eat it in another way soon.


A few weeks ago, most of the good food bloggers community went to Purnell’s Bistro and Gingers Bar in Birmingham for lunch and some cocktails. We were treated to a cocktail making demonstration where we learn that cocktail making and creating recipes are actually very similar. We got to try a few cocktails too. My favourite was the roast lamb Provençal cocktail (basically roast dinner in a glass) It is very strange tasting at first but after a few sips I really enjoyed it.   I want to go back again to try more cocktails. For my lunch at Purnell’s Bistro, I had;

Starter: Black Pudding – Potato Rosti – Poached Hen’s Yolk – Bacon Dressing

Main: Blade of Beef – Seasonal Vegetables – Mustard Jus

Pudding: Seasonal Crumble – Vanilla Ice Cream

It was lovely to meet my fellow bloggers and I cannot wait to see them all again at the summer show :-)

If you would like to go to the BBC Summer Good Food Show from 12th to the 16th June 2013 at the NEC and have not got your tickets yet, then I have an exclusive discount code for Jo’s Kitchen readers, giving you 15% off normal standard ticket price.

The discount code is: JK15

This entitles Jo’s Kitchen readers to 15% off standard tickets. The discount is not valid on VIP Tickets. The ticket will include a seat in the Supertheatre in a session of their choice.

Thank you to the Ginny and the BBC Good Food Show team, Claire, Purnell’s Bistro, Edible Ornamentals and Farmer’s Fayre for the wonderful experience of being a good food show bloggers community member so far. It is much appreciated :-)

Disclosure: I was sent the products to taste free of charge. My meal at Purnells was complementary from the BBC Good Food Show Team. If you use the code above to purchase a ticket, then I will earn a few pence from it. 

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