Cooking with a MasterChef judge

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 27th November 2013:

Monica Galetti Experience, Cactus Kitchen

The latest series of MasterChef the Professionals has gotten us glued to our TV sets.

Who will triumph with their creativity? What will the chefs cook next? How will they measure up in the next challenge? These are all questions in the back of our minds as we tune in week after week in anticipation of the finale.

But what’s it like to actually cook with a MasterChef judge? I went to Cactus Kitchens to find out.

Based in Clapham, Cactus Kitchen is home to the Saturday Kitchen studios. Once in a while it’s also open to the public as the Cactus Kitchen Cookery School, set up in partnership with Michel Roux Jr. As well as the Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti experiences, there are also classes with other celebrity chefs.

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Celebrity chef pop ups? No thanks, I’d rather spend my money on the real thing

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 1st May 2013:

Best restaurant in the world

Have you noticed a sudden influx of international chefs to London recently? And that visiting chef pop-ups of the Michelin-starred variety are popping up everywhere?

Well, as you’ll have probably gathered, they are in town for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. The highly regarded award, now in its 11th year, draws some of the world’s best chefs to the city. With their arrival however, came the slew of pop-ups.

Why not showcase their skills? After all, they are already in town.

Indeed many of these chefs are worth seeing in action, not only for their food, the demonstration of skills but also for the local knowledge that they can share. For the average person, it’s a great insight into some of the world’s best chefs, their food and their restaurants.

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Ten facts about Bo London

Published on Life in Luxury on 10th February 2013:

  1. Bo London is the first restaurant outside of Hong Kong for Alvin Leung, the chef/patron of the two Michelin starred Bo Innovation.
  2. The Mill Street site, based in the heart of Mayfair, reportedly costed Leung £1m to lease and fit.
  3. Wood reclaimed from renovations of the Bo London site has been fitted to one of the two semi-private dining rooms. The wood is protected behind glass made to the same shade as Leung’s glasses.
  4. Instead of an image of Alvin Leung, like outside Bo Innovation, Bo London has one of Leung’s hand holding his custom made knife.
  5. There are two kitchens. A classic Western-style one, including a pastry section, and a Chinese one with woks and steamers.
  6. There are two views into the kitchens – from the pass upstairs or the viewing window at the pastry section downstairs.
  7. For lunch, there is a selection of dim sums as well as the newly introduced ten course “Chefs” tasting menu. For dinner, there is only the 12-course “Ode to Great Britain” (comprised mostly of reinterpretations of British food) or the 14-course “Chefs” tasting menu (includes select dishes from Bo Innovation).
  8. The most famous dish on/off the menu is “sex on the beach”, Leung’s creation to raise money for AIDS charities.
  9. Abby’s sauce is made according to a recipe created by Leung’s wife.
  10. Those interested in trying the Chinese spirit baijiu will find a premium selection of three at the bar. As well as of course in the dessert by the same name.