A Global Parmigiano Reggiano Award
I entered my first foodie competition, the Global Parmigiano Reggiano Award. The brief said to use only three ingredients, parmesan being one of them. It is really difficult to limit yourself to so few ingredients. I did a lot of thinking and when I walked past the fishmonger and spotted some lobster I got an idea. It is always a bit risky pairing seafood with cheese but parmesan has a lovely, salty flavour that I thought would complement the slight sweetness of the lobster. For the creamy part I used some avocado mash, see recipe here. It seemed that I got short listed and that brought an invite to a tasting of the three finalists canapés and voting at the House of Peroni in London.
They changed my recipe to accommodate the budget and exchanged the lobster to prawns and the black sesame Parmigiano Reggiano crisp to a crostini, it was still nice and I am glad it was!
As finalists we were then invited to the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park where the winner was announced together with several awards from the London Restaurant Festival.
To get me in the festive spirit with the hope of winning I even got a dose of Christmas in October.
The gallery is stunning in itself, there were chefs working on lovely canapés and the champagne was flowing. There was of course large chunks of parmesan for tasting as well.
I tasted some delicious parmesan ice cream, it may sound strange but I loved it!
I think I got a bit of a flush when my name was called, I had won my first ever foodie award! It made me so happy! I left with a magnum bottle of delicious champagne and the biggest smile ever! A big thank you to Parmigiano Reggiano, the London Restaurant Festival and The Dialogue Agency for a great evening!