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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.

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. :-)

Good Food bloggers logo

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!!

Good Food bloggers logo outline-page-001

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. 

Jo Cooks: Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge

In June I took part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge  in part of the lead up to the BBC Summer Good Food Show. James Day of Eat The Midlands filmed me doing the challenge and he has kindly let me put on the blog so you can all have a laugh at my expense!

Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part and to James for filming the action taking place. It is much appreciated :-)

Interview with Olly Smith at BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012

While at the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012, I was lucky enough to be handed the opportunity to interview Olly Smith. A full video of the interview is above. Apologies again if there are any sound interruptions etc, video editing is not my strong point. Many thanks to Olly, Ginny and James for the interview. It is greatly appreciated :-)

Interview with Glynn Purnell at BBC Summer Good Food Show 2012

When I visited the BBC Good Food Show Summer, I was lucky enough to interview Glynn Purnell. Here is the video of the interview. I hope you like it. Apologies for any sound interruptions on the video etc. Video editing is not my strong point. Many thanks to Glynn, Claire and Ginny for allowing me to do the interview. It is greatly appreciated :-)

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