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Win Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Winter!

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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:

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  • 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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Win Tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Summer!

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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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Win Tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013!

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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 bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com 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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Young Birmingham Chef is Crowned Winner in National Culinary Competition

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The winner of the inaugural Wing Yip ‘Young Chef of the Year 2013’ was awarded on Friday 22nd February at an awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Joseph being awarded his trophy by Brian Yip - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Joseph being awarded his trophy by Brian Yip – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Joseph Vinten from Birmingham won the coveted title of Young Chef of the Year for Oriental Cuisine, which celebrated culinary expertise of the very best chefs across the Midlands.

New for this year the competition set out to find the Midlands’ most promising young chef talent in Oriental cooking. It offered young chefs, between the ages of 18-25, who were either training or employed in the catering industry the chance to boost their culinary careers.

Joseph was chosen after a challenging 90 minute ‘cook-off’ at University College Birmingham during the day, which saw 11 finalists, across two heats, prepare an authentic two course meal comprising of a starter and main course.

The Judges and the Yip Family - Image by Jo's Kitchen

The Judges and the Yip Family – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Judges on the day included celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths, who put the finalists through their paces and passed on expertise.

Chairman of judges and President of British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths said: “This competition has shown great diversity and is different to other competitions on the circuit. The calibre of the entries has been very high, so selecting our winners was difficult. We have been very impressed by the talent and skills of these budding professionals. This makes Joseph’s award even more impressive and he should be very proud of his achievement.”

Joseph, 22, is a student at University College Birmingham and impressed the judges with his dishes including Lobster Spring Rolls and Duo of Asian Quail.

Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell said: “It’s a great to see a competition that embraces the multi-cultural food scene in Britain today. The dishes have shown a great fusion of east meets west. Oriental cuisine inspired my early career so I was delighted to be asked to judge this competition and was thoroughly impressed with the level of skill from all the finalists.”

As this year’s winner, Joseph has not only added the coveted title to his CV but has also won a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Hong Kong where he will have the opportunity to experience fine Asian cuisine and the popular street food scene.

On finding out the news, Joseph said: “I can’t believe the judges thought my food was good enough to win, and it was great to meet Glynn – he is one of my biggest inspirations. I am so excited and cannot wait to try out more Oriental cuisine when I visit Hong Kong later in the year.”

Ruby receives her trophy from Brian Yip - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Ruby receives her trophy from Brian Yip – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Valerio receives his trophy from Brian Yip - image by Jo's Kitchen

Valerio receives his trophy from Brian Yip – image by Jo’s Kitchen

Ruby Rainey from Keele University was also awarded second prize winning £500 of Wing Yip vouchers and Valerio Grimaldi-Plant from Stratford-upon-Avon College came third, winning £250 of Wing Yip vouchers.

Mr Wing Yip and I - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Mr Wing Yip and I – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The increasing popularity of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK is extremely exciting. We launched the competition first and foremost to celebrate Oriental cookery with its delicious flavours and aromas, but also to identify the region’s most talented young chefs to encourage them to carry the tradition forward and preserve the legacy of this glorious cuisine.”

Ching and I - Image by Jo's Kitchen

Ching and I – Image by Jo’s Kitchen

TV chef and Young Chef Judge Ching He Huang, added: “Joseph thoroughly deserved the title but I was impressed by the standard of all the finalist’s dishes. The talent in the final line up confirmed that the there is a hot bed of culinary promise and the final proved to be a fierce competition. Winning the title will open many doors for Joseph and offers a helping hand at a stage in their career which can be tricky to navigate. I was honoured to be able to share my experience and offer advice to the region’s finest young chefs.”

Stuart and I were lucky enough to be invited to the awards ceremony after the cook off. I have included the official account above as I did not want to miss anything out. We had an amazing time. Mr Wing Yip is a legend and his family, especially his son Brian are fantastic too. The event was hosted and run by students of the University College Birmingham who were very hard working and ensured that we had a great time. The Menu for the awards dinner was magnificent. I would happily eat their food anytime. Ching and Glynn were lovely to chat too and I hope to meet them again soon. Many thanks to Seal amd the Wing Yip family for hosting and inviting us to the event. Finally I would like to congratulate all the competitors for taking part. You all did amazingly well! :-)

Young Birmingham Chef Reaches Final in National Culinary Competition

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A young Birmingham chef is gearing up to battle it out in a live Masterchef-style cook-off and is hoping to impress celebrity judges as part of a national competition.

Wing Yip’s ‘Oriental Young Chef of the Year’ competition set out to find the Midlands’ most promising young chef talent in Oriental cooking, and the oriental supermarket will be joined by celebrity TV chef Ching He Huang, Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, and President of the British Culinary Federation, Peter Griffiths, to taste the top talent’s creations and crown the winner.

Ching He Huang, Brian Yip

The competition is new for this year and offers young chefs between the ages of 18-25 who are training or working in the catering industry a chance to boost their culinary careers. The lucky winner will walk away with a once in a lifetime trip to Hong Kong, where they will gain an insight into the hospitality industry and explore the region’s cultural highlights.

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Jamie Glanville, 23, is currently working in the kitchen at The Punchbowl Gastropub, Kings Heath, and hopes to be in the running with his dishes of Spicy Confit Chicken Wings and Pan Fried Fillet of Seabass to win a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Hong Kong and of course add the coveted title to his CV.

On finding out the news, hopeful finalist Jamie said: “I can’t believe it; I’m a little bit nervous but mostly excited! To have such highly acclaimed chefs giving feedback on my work is a once in a lifetime opportunity- I can’t wait to get in the kitchen as I love creating Oriental dishes.”

Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The increasing popularity of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK is extremely exciting. We launched the competition first and foremost to celebrate Oriental cookery with its delicious flavours and aromas, but also to identify the region’s most talented young chefs to encourage them to carry the tradition forward and preserve the legacy of this glorious cuisine.”

Glynn Purnell, Michelin starred chef and Young Chef judge, added: “The talent in the final line up confirms that the Midlands is a hot bed of culinary promise and, from what I have seen so far, the competition is going to be fierce! Winning the title will open many doors for the lucky champion and offers a helping hand at a stage in their career which can be tricky to navigate. I am honoured to be able to share my experience and offer advice to the region’s finest young chefs.”

The cook off will take place at University College Birmingham on the 22nd February and will see the finalists prepare two Asian- inspired dishes in under 90 minutes.

I have been lucky enough to be invited to the dinner and awards evening when they announce the winning chef. Stay tuned for more about this soon :-) 

Win a Riso Gallo Hamper

Following on from my BBC Summer Good Food Show ticket giveaway, I am pleased to let you know that I now have a hamper from Riso Gallo to giveaway. Riso Gallo is one of the oldest rice-growing companies in Italy with over six generations of expertise. The Riso Gallo story started when founders, Mr Frugone and Mr Preve, established the first factory on the waterfront in Genoa in 1856 to export imported paddy rice to South America. Their success and increasing experience in the field soon encouraged the company’s founders to turn their attention to the Italian crops and thus the Genoa factory was moved to Robbio in the Pavia region. In 1943, at a time when rice was still being sold loose, Riso Gallo was the first to market packets with a brand name and soon after Riso Gallo was exporting to the UK and beyond

In the hamper, there is a selection of Riso Gallo rice, a cooking timer and an apron. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely hamper, you just need to follow the instructions below:

  1. Like Jo’s Kitchen on Facebook
  2. Like Riso Gallo UK on Facebook
  3. Leave a comment below telling me you have done both
  4. If you are not on Facebook, please leave a comment below telling me your favourite rice recipe.
  5. The closing date is Monday 18th June 2012 at 5pm BST.

Good Luck! :-)

PS: If you are going to the BBC Summer Good Food Show, don’t forget to say hello to Riso Gallo UK team on Stand F144

This competition has now closed. The winner will be announced asap 

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  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 5pm on Monday 18th June 2012 BST
  3. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. No automated entries allowed
  6. The prize will be delivered by Riso Gallo UK once the winner’s contact details are confirmed.
  7. Any questions or queries, please email joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk

Winner of Riso Gallo Hamper

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the hamper is comment no. 7. Marie, I have sent you an email. Please send me your address as soon as possible and I will get the hamper sent to you. Thanks to everyone for entering :-)

Winner of The Natural Selection Hamper

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Natural Selection Hamper is comment no 3, Amanda Carter. Congratulations on winning Amanda! An email is on its way to you asking for your contact details. Please reply as soon as possible and I will ensure that the hamper gets sent out straight away. Thank you to everyone for taking part. There will be another giveaway on here soon! ;-)

Giveaway: Natural Selection Hamper

Another week, another giveaway! How lucky are you lovely lot! This week I am pleased to let you know that I have hamper from Natural Selection to send to one lucky reader. In the hamper there are:

  • 3 x packs of Chopped Apricots
  • 3 x packs of Dried Cranberries
  • 3 x packs of 5 Fruit Mix
  • 3 x packs of Crystallised Ginger
  • 3 x packs of Cinnamon Cranberries
  • 3 x packs Chopped Dates
  • 2 x packs of Crimson Raisins
  • 1 x Natural Selection branded apron
  • 1 x rolling pin
  • 1 x Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets

If you need some inspiration as to what you could do with all this dried fruit if you win it, please see Holly’s (Finalist from The Great British Bake Off) blog for some ideas :-)

Also if you like Natural Selection on Facebook, you can download a coupon from their Facebook page and get a £1 off their dried fruit bags in Asda or Sainsbury’s.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on the post below telling me your favourite Easter dish that you like to prepare at this time of year. Its that easy!

If you would like another chance to win a Natural Selection hamper please see the giveaway over on Fuss Free Flavours

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner will be announced asap

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 5pm on Monday 9th April  2012 BST
  3. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. The prize will be delivered by Natural Selection Foods once the winner’s contact details are confirmed.
  6. Any questions or queries, please email joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk

Winner of The CrockPot Cook & Carry

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the CrockPot Cook & Carry is comment no 4, Lynn Savage. Congratulations Lynn, I have sent you an email. If you can send me your address details as soon as possible, I will arrange to get the Crockpot sent out to you. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Many thanks to Natural Selection for providing the hamper to giveaway and for sending me some fruit to try myself :-)

Product Review & Giveaway: Crockpot Cook & Carry

I was recently lucky enough to be sent a CrockPot Cook & Carry to review. I was very impressed with its size. It is large enough to make dish for a family but due to its wide base, it will also cook a dish for two or three people with ease. The Cook & Carry comes with a lockable lid meaning you could cook at home for example and then take it with you when visiting people and reheat it, all in the same pot. Its comes with a handy carry case too. The pot is dishwasher safe making it very easy to clean.

Overall, I was very impressed with the CrockPot Cook & Carry and I have decided to give one away. All you need to do is follow a couple of simple steps below to enter.

1) Like Jo’s Kitchen on Facebook

2) Like CrockPot UK on Facebook

3) Leave a comment below to confirm that you have done the first two steps, leaving your Twitter username if you have one. This makes it easier to contact the winner.

Or

If you are not on Facebook, please leave a comment below telling me your favourite slow cooker recipe.

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has entered. The winner will be announced as soon as possible.

Good Luck! :-)

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 30th March 2012 BST
  3. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. The prize will be delivered by CrockPot UK once the winner’s contact details are confirmed.
  6. Any questions or queries, please email joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk


Winner of the Lovetubs Hamper is….

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Lovetubs Hamper is comment number 38, Valerie McCarthy. Valerie, I have sent you an email with what to do next. Thank you all very much for taking part. It is greatly appreciated.

I will be back with another post tomorrow. Hope you are all well. I am off for a bath and an early night!

Happy Cooking! :-)

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