This round of Nickie Philbin’s twitter cookoff was highly competitive, with an array of tempting appetisers for judge Chef Gary Magnani of Horse and Trumpet to choose from.
@NickiePhilbin Gary has run restaurants in Australia, 1 Lombard Street in London, and has been at The H&T for 6 years. Now his results
@NickiePhilbin www.horseandtrumpet.comis fine dinning with rooms, winner of 2 AA rosettes, best restaurant award in East Midlands
@NickiePhilbin >Gary Magnani, Head Chef atwww.horseandtrumpet.comspent an hour going through every shot. Then back again Thanks so much
@NickiePhilbin Most potential goes to @Andyqsmith“This had a great balance of ingreds that I can imediately see wd work well together
@Andyqsmith Posh cheese on toast! Melted camembert with pecan nuts
@NickiePhilbin “Gd texture mix, toast nuts separately then add to cheese before cooking wd add more flavour; lovely ingreds”
@NickiePhilbin 3rd goes to @shar13“lovely combination of subtle ingreds and textures”
@shar13 Prawns in smoked paprika with gazpacho chowder
@NickiePhilbin “I'm liking. Summery, paprika adds depth to prawns without overpowering, fresh salsa cutting through V Good”
@NickiePhilbin 2nd goes to....@edwardclarke“The way he has just finely chargrilled courgette will add flavour to salmon. Beautiful”
@edwardclarke salmon wrapped in courgette ribbons with tomato, basil and lemon vinaigrette
@NickiePhilbin “Summer on plate, delicately balanced,lightly char grilled,fresh flavs nicely presented”
@NickiePhilbin So @edwardclarkewill not be having us all to dinner! Outrage! Damn. I had my coat on ready,too
Part of the great charm of the competition is Nickie’s delivery of the results - the way she raises the tension puts the likes of Chris Tarrant to shame:
@NickiePhilbin So who has won? Who has entered every competition so far and had not great comments?
@NickiePhilbin Who could it be?
@NickiePhilbin Who's game has been raised.......please step forward.......your winner....
@NickiePhilbin >The winner is...@maggiephilbin ! I know! She has no idea! (Hiding stiffled fury) well done sis!
@maggiephilbin Halloumi cheese, butternut squash, fresh figs, peach and Parma ham
@NickiePhilbin “Like a lot, great textures,all works, croutons wd have added to it, good use of balsamic reduction”
@banerji1 Mixed vegetable bhajis with dips
@NickiePhilbin “Great fan of Indian cooking but bhajis not speaking to me of summer, would have made fantastic autumn entry”
@caalie Pears with pomegranate, parmesan shavings on bed of watercress
@NickiePhilbin “Like seasonality, not pomegranate fan, a walnut oil dressing wd bring out flavour.Great little starter”
@trevorlamont Electric pepper starter
@NickiePhilbin “Trev should know beer kept at 6C. Concerned bolt of electricity may take it too high and spoil!”
@M4ryDeNovo Seared scallops with salsa
@NickiePhilbin “I'm liking tomato/olive mix v summery lovely colours parsley wd be better.Cd be in bistro in Marseilles.”
@JimAnning Oak smoked salmon with dill and cream cheese spiral
@NickiePhilbin “Classic combination but it has been seen a lot”
@handbagpets Madagascan prawns with chili and garlic
@NickiePhilbin “Simply done, Spanish feel. Wd be v happy if someone gave me this. She hasn't over egged the custard”
@NickiePhilbin (didn't see custard as ingred. But glad she didn't over egg it. Easily done!
@stu_art_ist beetroot and goats cheese tower with cheese straws
@NickiePhilbin “Exc't use of seasonal underused veg classic maybe peppered twists or plain straws so not two che/se flavs”
@trevward stir-fry crab with blackbean sauce
@NickiePhilbin “Big fan of Asian cooking, this is maybe a bit too hearty for summer would be great in winter”
@TrinityRhapsody Cumin and courgette soup with tahini bread rolls
@NickiePhilbin “Courgette used as vehicle to carry flavours,Tahini may overpower courgette, good if chilled”
@NickiePhilbin Carpaccio of beef with truffle oil beetroot, horseradish sauce on bed of rocket
@NickiePhilbin “v good, roast baby beets wd give bigger flavour and u should lose parmesan. Nicely presented”
The Horse & Trumpet
All entries can be seen in the photobucket group album.
Making my salmon wrapped in courgette ribbons.
Live tweeting the previous twitter cookoff: #summersandwich