Monica Galetti flies the flag for British asparagus and is delighted to discover that the season has been extended from eight weeks to six months. Tom Kerridge champions our remaining artisan producers of traditional cured ham and encourages us all to seek out this delicious meat.
Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, loves his ham, and thinks too much of it's not up to scratch. For centuries, every village would have its own ham curer, and in Devon he meets up with one of the few remaining artisan producers of traditional British cured ham. To persuade us to break our 'bad' ham habits, Tom takes to the streets of Northampton with a campaigning ham sandwich giveaway.
British asparagus always sells out during its brief eight week season, but Monica Galetti of Masterchef: the Professionals fame, has good news. The British season is now extended to six months, thanks to a farmer in Herefordshire who's using modern technologies to grow a range of varieties, in Peruvian-like conditions. And Monica heads to the sand dunes of the Sefton Coast to find that last remaining field of Formby asparagus, the most famous of our heritage varieties.
Tom Kerridge is the
incredibly popular and loveable chef patron at the extraordinary two
Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, which he opened with wife
Beth in Spring 2005. It was quite a moment for
Michelin when the second star was awarded, and some say quite
controversial. The world’s culinary press
descended on Marlow following the announcement and discovered a special venue,
team and chef there.
Monica is Senior Sous Chef at Le Gavroche in London and she is best known for co-presenting and judging BBC Two's MasterChef: The Professionals along with Gregg Wallace and Michel Roux JR. She most recently appeared on our screens in Autumn for the fourth series of the hugely popular competition for professional chefs.
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