Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Baking with Bertinet

I had the perfect start to 2014!  After a fabulous festive break I was lucky enough to attend the Richard Bertinet cookery school on a five day bread making course, which was without doubt the most enjoyable training I have had for years.
 

Monday, 4 November 2013

A Harvest of Halloween Horrors

With Halloween once again upon us I've brought out my precious pumpkin carving equipment and got the creative juices flowing.....before I show you my final 2013 creation I wanted to take you down memory lane and remind you of my previous incarnations.....

Monday, 17 June 2013

Embassy events drive demand for cultural cuisine

The OGGS Brazilian Navy ‘Pastel de Carne’
Photograph by Izabela Bartusik (Food and Beverage Supervisor at One Great George Street)

A little while back I wrote about the growing demand for culturally-themed menus. Following my posts, under the headings ‘World of Cuisines in my Westminster Kitchen’ and ‘Growing Appetite for Bespoke themed menus’ we are getting more requests for themed menus based on particular cultures. It is helped by the many diplomatic missions based in our locality, leading to calls from embassy PA’s and secretaries who are looking to host Westminster dining events for diplomats and other embassy employees.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

My Chilli Con Carne and Bevil's Lunch Club



Photograph by Izabela Bartusik (Food and Beverage Supervisor at One Great George Street)
Life is full of interesting people and it is just wonderful to get off the treadmill of life in London and take time to chat with them. Shelley Coleman from our catering team recently had the chance to sit down with a character from Railway Engineering. Here is the resulting guest blog post from her, which I trust you will enjoy reading.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

My 2013 Salad Inspiration

The stress of cooking for more than 8,000 journalists at the 2012 London Media Centre has faded into a happy memory and I've been wonderfully rejuvenated by the festive break. I'm now full of energy and enthusiasm for the year ahead, even for blogging!



OGGSVenue Salad Menu
Indian potato salad with paneer, cashew nuts and curried yoghurt dressing


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My Halloween 2012 Villain

Something strange is going on in the Cafe bar tonight....


Halloween in OGGSVenue Cafe Bar
Warm welcome to our Cafe bar

Having worked on my pumpkin creation, here is the finished scary piece of art.  What do you think?


Pumpkins at Halloween by Chef at OGGSVenue
My Pumpkin Carving Creation 2012


Now must dash back into the kitchen. It has been a busy day and I have trick or treaters waiting for me at home too! 

Monday, 29 October 2012

My 5 VIP...Very Impressive Pumpkin Promises.....

Here I am....sat with my carving tools, 25lbs pumpkin and expectations to better my 2011 Hallowe'en carving.

The Pumpkin arrived from Entremettier, my Covent Garden supplier yesterday. As growing conditions have been less than ideal in 2012, the pumpkin is not quite as gargantuan (212lbs) as last year. He is nevertheless a good shape, size and condition for anatomical dissection and transformation into hopefully an epic character.

Halloween Pumpkins at OGGSVenue
2012 Pumpkin pre-carving