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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


July 9, 2012

The Laissez Chef Coast-to-Coast Charity Cooking Walk

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Starting 12th July @ 10am on Southend Pier, SS1 1EE.

Celebrated U.S Chef - Richard MyersCelebrated US Chef Richard Myers, former Executive Chef at the 5* Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans, is about to embark on a very unusual challenge to help two very worthwhile charities – Action Against Hunger (Charity number 1047501) and the Royal Hospital for Neuro- Disablity in Putney (Charity number (205907).

Richard plans to kick off his journey from Southend-on-Sea pier at 10am on the 12th July, via London, to Brighton (and perhaps beyond) cooking up a storm along the way. He comes with spare clean socks, a positive attitude, a glint in his eye and a passion for good, tasty food.

He will stop at any restaurant, party, fair, event, or social gathering to whip up a feast, in return for donations to these two very worthwhile causes.  All he needs is some fresh ingredients, a place to cook, and your event will be catered for! No gathering is too small – a garden party for five or a corporate affair for 100!

The Laissez Chef Coast-to-Coast Charity Cooking Walk - Southend 11th and 12th July 2012.

To book Richard as your private chef, in Southend, or surrounding areas towards London, on the 11th or 12th July, just call him on 07585 706 910, tweet him @laissezchef or email and he will book you in! He will also be looking for a place to lay his head each night, so if you have a spare bed, or could provide for, or arrange a local B&B, it would be much appreciated!

You can support Richard on his challenge by donating here, or you can text your donation to chef97 £5 for AAH or chef98 £5 RNH at 70070 – He’ll keep walking as long as people keep supporting him, and will leave a trail of New Orleans spice along the way!


June 6, 2012

WIN tickets for the Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2012

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The Essex Festival of Food and Drink - Cressing Temple Barns - July 21st & 22nd

After the success of last year, THE Essex Festival of Food and Drink will be returning to Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree, July 21st & 22nd, to celebrate and promote the wonderful quality and variety of food and drink local to our region.

The weekend will be full of fabulous food and drink related events, top chef demonstrations, including celebrity chefs Gino D’Acampo, Aldo Zilli and Essex’s own Mark Baumann, food and wine tastings, and butchery demonstrations, along with the very best of local producers.

The popular 500 seater Food Court will be back again with over 20 different food  and drink purveyors, dishing up a fantastic fresh array of dishes, complimented with a range of regional beers, cyders, wines and champagne – soft drinks and a decent cuppa will also be available. They’ll be live music to add the final touch to what will be a lively, celebratory festival atmosphere!

For all of the latest news and exhibitors list check out the Festival of Food and Drink website.


We have 4 pairs of tickets the food and drink festival to giveaway!  The tickets are for Saturday 21st July, and all you have to do to be in for a chance of winning them is comment on your favourite Essex produce, producer, food/drink retailer, pub or restaurant below.  Join us in celebrating the very best of Essex.

Tickets include free parking, event programme and entrance to ALL demonstrations including celebrity chef demonstrations.  Please note that children under 12yrs are admitted FREE.

The draw will be held on the 1st of July and you will be notified via email if you have won.  Tickets will be sent via post.  This competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over.  Good luck!

May 11, 2012

Wanted: Britain’s Best Bakery

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Wanted - Britains Best BakeryDo you know a bakery that makes pastries and baked goods to die for?

Or do you own or work in a bakery and believe your breads and cakes are the best in the land?

If so, Shine TV want to hear from you for a new baking series for ITV1.

We want to showcase Britain’s best independent, family and/ or community bakeries and their amazing creations, from scones and Eccles cakes to baklava, Chinese buns and Jamaican coconut bread.

If you are interested in taking part or want to nominate a brilliant bakery, please call 0207 985 7568 or email: ASAP.

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