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Cured Ham and Asparagus

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.

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59 minutes

Last on

Tue 12 Mar 2013 00:20

Tom Kerridge

Tom Kerridge

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 Galetti

Monica Galetti

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.


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerBridget Boseley
PresenterMonica Galetti
PresenterTom Kerridge

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