Essential  Cuisine

Essential Cuisine

Premium Supplier 12th July 2011


Independent family-owned brewer Frederic Robinson set out to show that beer can be a key ingredient in restaurant-standard cooking – and were rewarded by a range of new and innovative dishes created by highly skilled chefs.simon rimmer with finalists
The Stockport-based brewer set ‘Have you got the bottle?’, a chef’s challenge aimed at encouraging innovation across the brewer’s tenanted estate in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, North Wales and Derbyshire.
Spearheaded by BBC Television’s Something for the Weekend celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and Robinsons’ Catering Development Manager Christian Whittleworth, the challenge reached its climax as nine finalists prepared their dishes for the judges – including Simon and Christian – at the Derby Arms, Treales, near Kirkham in Lancashire.
The winning dish, “Peanuts and a Pint”, was a stunning dessert comprising vanilla pannacotta, salted caramel and peanut parfait and Robinsons’ Chocolate Tom jelly, created by Craig Sherrington, landlord and chef at the General Burgoyne in Great Urswick, near Ulverston, Cumbria. Craig, who honed his skills in a brace of two-Michelin starred kitchens in London and Cheltenham, was head chef at Storrs Hall, Windermere before realising his dream to go it alone.
peanuts and a pintSimon Rimmer enthused, “Craig’s winning dish was one of the best deserts I’ve tasted in a long while. It was innovative with a great combination of flavours and the salted caramel was perfectly balanced with the peanut parfait”.
Second placed Simon Martin of the Verdin Arms, Wimboldsley, near Middlewich in Cheshire, used Chocolate Tom jus with his roast loin of venison with beetroot fondant, parsnip puree and braised red cabbage. Simon will shortly take up the post of chef-de-partie in Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia.
Joint third were Louise Heal of the Caledonia in Ashton-under-Lyne and Daniel Wrigley of the Derby Arms who was cooking on home turf. Louise braised her black beef in Ginger Tom and served it with Bury black pudding and champ and Dan’s “Great British Pie” featured beef marinated in Old Tom and Unicorn bitter in his gravy.
All the finalists’ recipes, along with others created by Simon Rimmer and Christian Whittleworth, will bwinning chef has the bottlee featured in a cookery book and DVD due for publication in October. Chris was delighted with the event, “The response to the Chef’s Challenge across our pub estate has been phenomenal and not only does this reflect our drive for innovation in beer and food matching, but also showcases the excellence of Chefs in our pubs”.
Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the final were donated by the Derby Arms to Derian House, a local children’s hospice.
Have you got the bottle? Was sponsored by Michael McDonald fruit and veg, C and G Wholesale, Essential Cuisine, Tibard Chefs ware, Villeroy and Boch, Patchwork Pate, Taste North West, Windsor Food Service.

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