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AA Home Cooking Competition 2009.

NOTE : The AA Home Cooking Competition 2009 is now closed for entries. Please come back and see us next year. You may also view the competition results page for the details of the winning entry.


 

Galvin at Windows

GalvinPerched on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, this prestigious restaurant boasts unrivalled views and superb cuisine. With a 360-degree view over the capital, and celebrated chef Chris Galvin at the helm, Galvin at Windows has become one of the leading destination restaurants in London. Chris and his Head Chef André Garrett create inspired modern French cuisine using only the freshest and finest ingredients. With a strong focus on seasonality, the menu incorporates the best available produce, prepared in a uniquely contemporary way. The spacious bar enjoys the panorama too, offering a lighter dining menus with an extensive list of original cocktails, wines, spirits and champagnes. Visit their website at www.galvinatwindows.com.

Pommery

PommeryThe House of Pommery was established in 1836. But it was the highly entrepreneurial Jeanne-Alexandrine Louise Pommery, who took over the running of the business in 1858 after the unexpected death of her husband, that made sure the Pommery name and reputation was internationally recognised. Today that tradition lives on through the exceptional quality, style and creativeness that all Pommery Champagnes possess. Visit their website at www.pommery.com.

Aubrey Allen

Aubrey AllenAubrey Allen have been serving the British public the finest meat since 1933. They work closely with suppliers and can trace their meat from farm to plate. Their reputation is built on the quality of their beef, sourcing only the finest Highland cattle. Some of it even comes from Ballindaloch Castle, where the cattle graze on ancient pastures, drink pure Highland water, and in winter feed on the barley draff from local distilleries. Their beef hangs on the bone for as long as three or four weeks, resulting in tasty and tender beef. Purchase their award winning meats online at www.aubreyallen.co.uk.

Bragard

BragardFor the past 75 years Bragard has developed a unique expertise in the art of designing and distributing corporate clothing and prestige uniforms, producing cloths that are elegant, comfortable and functional. The Bragard range is specifically designed for everyday use, while emphasising the brand image of every client. Bragard is famous for a wide range of chef's jacket, from the most elegant to the most economical. Each model can be distinguished by the individual styling and irreproachable tailoring quality. Visit their website at www.bragard.co.uk.

CCS

CCSContinental Chef Supplies is one of the world's foremost suppliers of the finest quality catering equipment and clothing. They specialise in supplying unique products for the catering industry and aim to keep replacement costs low by providing the highest quality products through superior brands. They supply all kitchen equipment, tableware and uniforms for front-of-house and the kitchen, as well as offering project and sourcing services. CCS is associated with the top catering and leisure establishments across the country; many well-known and well-respected chefs choose to wear the CCS logo on the arm of their chef's whites. Visit their website at www.chefs.net.

Classic Fine Foods

Classic Fine FoodsClassic Fine Foods works in partnership with the best suppliers from around the world to offer a broad range of products to meet individual needs, and regularly provide new and exciting product lines. Products include foie gras, truffles, smoked salmon and caviar, cured ham, meat, free-range poultry, mushrooms, oil and vinegar, chocolate, fruit purée and much more. Their aim is to achieve the highest standards in product food safety, traceability, legality and quality, ensuring rigorous quality controls from the source of production to the customer. They place particular emphasis on controlled temperature at handling, storage and delivery stage for maximum freshness. Visit their website at www.classicfinefoods.com.

'Food and Travel' magazine

Food and TravelLaunched in 1997, award-winning 'Food and Travel' magazine brings together a blend of stunning photography and stories from the world's best food, drink and travel writers. 'Food and Travel' has always placed provenance, authenticity and discovery at the core of the magazine. It's packed with great recipes made from seasonal ingredients with wines to match, and inspirational travel features. 'Food and Travel' is the UK's leading gourmet travel magazine – have a look at an onlline edition here. Available at good newsagents, priced £3.80.

Mash

MashThe Mash family have a heritage in the fresh produce industry spanning some 150 years. Their expertise and experience ensures they stay seasonal, offering their customers the best and widest selection of UK and international produce. They are happy to search for the best, and often source new and exclusive items seldom seen in the wholesale markets, while always favouring locally sourced, sustainable produce. This ensures their product range is second to none in scope and quality of provenance. Their client base includes the best names in fine dining. They deliver high levels of service and rigorous attention to detail, and are proud to offer the best produce. Visit their website at www.mashpurveyors.com.

A Slice of Cherry Pie and
UK Food Bloggers' Association

UKFBAJulia Parsons is a British food writer and the author of one of the UK's most successful food blogs, 'A Slice of Cherry Pie' (www.asliceofcherrypie.blogspot.com), which she has been writing since 2006. The blog has been featured in 'Delicious' and BBC 'Olive' magazines and has been named as one of the UK's top 10 food blogs by The Times and Good Housekeeping websites. Julia is now writing a cookbook to be published by Absolute Press in spring 2010. 'A Slice of Cherry Pie' reflects Julia's passion for good food and home cooking, and is regularly updated with Julia's own recipes and photographs of the seasonal dishes she creates in her English kitchen. Julia is very active in the food blogging community, and founded the UK Food Bloggers' Association (www.ukfba.co.uk) in 2007.

Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & BochEstablished over 260 years ago, Villeroy & Boch is a world leader in ceramics and lifestyle products sold in over 125 countries around the world, and over 21 production facilities in 12 European countries. Villeroy & Boch tableware is the choice for top chefs and restaurateurs and continually at the forefront of innovation and design. The tableware division continues to lead the field in ceramic innovation for hotel, restaurant and consumer use, and new collections include the distinctive Urban Nature range, Slides and Gourmet Stars. Visit their website at www.villeroy-boch.com/en/gb/home.html.

Virgin Balloon Flights

Virgin Balloon FlightsVirgin Balloon Flights have been launching passengers into the majestic world of hot-air ballooning since Sir Richard Branson founded the brand in 1987. With a choice of over 100 launch sites throughout England, Scotland and Wales, passengers receive First Class Virgin service on an unforgettable airborne adventure. Virgin's champagne balloon flights capture all the splendour and endeavour of a bygone aviation era. The incredible feeling of suspended time as the world drifts quietly by is one that their passengers never forget. Hot-air ballooning is a truly unique gift as no two balloon flights are ever the same. Visit their website at www.virginballoonflights.co.uk.

Westminster Kingsway College

Westminster Kingsway CollegeWestminster Kingsway College has an excellent reputation within the hospitality and catering industry, and famous former students include Jamie Oliver. The college offers a unique opportunity to study in central London for vocational qualifications that are tailored directly to employment opportunities, and has been accredited with the new national Training Quality Standard. The Vincent Rooms at Westminster Kingsway College's Victoria Centre is a college-run restaurant providing lunchtime and evening menus, and is managed by a first-class teaching team and ambitious, creative students. For more information visit thevincentrooms.com. For more information about the wide range of hospitality and culinary arts courses at the college contact the Course Information Team or visit www.westking.ac.uk.



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