Masterchef Dinner at Grosvenor Casino Salford, Manchester *

We were recently invited to an event at Grosvenor Casino in Salford, Manchester to meet up with two local food Celebrities, Angellica Bell and Sophie Faldo   to enjoy a fabulous three course meal prepared by both of them.   Angellica Bell, a mum of two (married to Michael Underwood) is popularly known as a British television and radio presenter, best known for her roles on The One Show and for winning the 2017 series of Celebrity MasterChef.  Sophie Faldo famously known for winning the 2017 Great British Bake Off is a ski instructer with the British Army and currently training to be a stunt woman and also works as trainee pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Glasshouse restaurant in Kew.

We were excited to be at the event as both of us were fans of the popular cooking and baking show. Upon arrival, we were ushered to the drinks reception and next escorted to the event room which was beautifully decorated and had a great ambiance. We had a lovely apron on each of our chairs as sourvenir to take home.

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The room accomodated about 70 guests and we were seated at the press / blogger table.  We always enjoy events like this as we get the chance to meet other bloggers. Before the event started, we also managed to get some sneak peek shots with both Angellica and Sophie who were extremely chatty and friendly.

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The event was organised for a selected few of Grosvenor’s Casino customers for their support to the casino (which we thought was a great gesture).  Although, both the Chefs had been tirelessly preparing the dishes for a couple of days, they still had a big smile on their faces and came out to say Hello to everyone after which they introduced the dishes which we were going to have that night.

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Angellica prepared both the starter and main course while Sophie prepared the dessert. For starters, we were served Grilled Crottin de Chavignol goats cheese.  The starter tasted amazing! The flavours of the ingredients complemented each other really well. Angellica has been kind to share her recipe of the dish if you would like to recreate it at home.

 

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Grilled Crottin de Chavignol goats cheese
(Radicchio, baby beetroot, green pesto, purple sprouting, basil, toasted pine nuts & balsamic glaze)

Ingredients:
1x Crottin goats cheese
1/6 radicchio wedge
1 x baby beetroot
1 x 30g green pesto
5 pieces micro purple basil
5g toasted pine nuts
10 ml balsamic glaze.
5ml olive oil

Method:
1. Cut radicchio in 1/6 wedges, char grill to until bar marked
2. Cook beetroot in boiling salted water, cool and peel, cut into 1/4s
3. Toast pine nuts under salamander until golden
4. Cut the top and bottom rind of the goat’s cheese of place on a tray and grill under salamander until the top is golden brown and soft.

To serve: 
1.Using a shallow pasta bowl, place radicchio in the centre, dress with green pesto, season with ground black pepper.
2. place grilled cheese on the radicchio and scatter pine nuts and purple basil over.
3. garnish with baby beetroot, drizzle with balsamic glaze, green pesto & olive oil.

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Here’s a photo of Angellica Bell preparing her main course meal.

For mains we were served succulent slow braised rump of lamb. The lamb was melt in the mouth and the jus was just smooth and velvety. Each of the dish which was served was paired with an accompanying wine. Angellica also shares her recipe for this dish below if you would like to give it a go.

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Slow braised rump of Lamb

(celeriac purée, sautéed cavolo nero & woodland mushrooms)

Ingredients:
1 x 8oz. lamb rump
50g mirepoix (diced carrots, celery, leeks, onions, 1 bay leaf)
2 cloves garlic
100ml white wine
2g rosemary
1 tea spoon red currant jelly
Salt and pepper
10ml rape seed oil
200ml lamb stock
1 x celeriac

20ml double cream
30 g butter
150g cavolo nero
100g mixed wild mushrooms,
10g butter
5g garlic,
10g finely chopped shallots

Method:
1.Season lamb rump with salt and pepper, in hot thick based pan add rape seed oil and seal lamb, remove and set aside, add mirepoix and garlic, fry until golden brown.
2. Add the lamb back to the pot, deglaze with white wine, reduce by half, add lamb stock and red currant jelly, bring to the boil, add rosemary cover with heavy lid.
3. Cook in the oven for 2 hrs @160c until the lamb is tender and soft, remove lamb and rest for 15minutes, pass the cooking sauce through a sieve back into a sauce and reduce by half, check seasoning. Add lamb back to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Celeriac-Peel and boil in salted water, when cooked drain and leave to stand for 10 minutes until dry, using food processor, puree until smooth, add double cream, salt and pepper and 5g butter. Set aside to reheat on service.
5.Wash and cut cavolo nero into chiffonade (fine strips) blanch in boiling salted water, drain and dry. To serve sauté with butter and season.
6. Wild mushrooms- clean all mud from the mushrooms, cut to bite size pieces.
7. In a thick based frying pan add butter, garlic and chopped shallots, cook until soft add mushrooms and fry on high heat until soft, add salt and pepper.

To serve:
1. Place celeriac puree in the centre of a large plate, top with the sautéed cavolo nero.
2. Place lamp rump on top, drizzle sauce over and around the plate.
3. Finally scatter mushrooms over the top, garnish with fresh rosemary leaves

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Here’s Sophie preparing her dessert which was also gorgeous! She served a Pave glazed Tarte Tatin, gingerbread mascarpone cream sable crumb, green apple gel and frosted almonds.

 

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There was also a Q&A with both chefs, where they chatted to about what they have been up to since the show ended.  They also shared some juicy information on what it was like to be on two of the nation’s most famous cooking shows.

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Here is the showstopping Oriental inspired three-tier cake which Sophie baked for the post-dinner charity auction, with all proceeds going to Carers Trust. She raised £120 during the bidding.  The top tiers was a lemon cake with lemon buttercream while the bottom tier was a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling.

We had a fabulous time meeting two of UK’s most loved celebrities from the most watched show and getting a quick look inside the Grosvenor Casino. To top it all, we came home with an authographed apron and lots of good memories of the day.  Thank you to the team at Grosvenor Casino Salford for hosting us.

Read more : Archie’s Food Review in Manchester

 

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About Grosvenor Casinos
Grosvenor Casinos is part of The Rank Group Plc, a leading European gaming business, based in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Grosvenor Casinos is the largest UK casino operator with 53 casinos nationwide and Mecca Bingo, the UK’s leading bingo operator.

Where is Grosvenor Casino in Salford?

 5 Derwent St

Riverside

Salford M5 4SW

Tel: 01618390467

 

50 Comments

  1. February 2, 2018 / 10:35 am

    Oh wow this is such a great experience. I am a huge Masterchef fan so would do almost anything to attend an event where the past contestants are cooking for you!
    C x

  2. February 2, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I am a huge fan of both Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off and I am super happy for you both as bloggers to have attended this! All the dishes look lovely, especially the main course with the lamb (my favourite!) x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 2, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Yes we loved it, great company and great food. We are fans as well of the show !

  3. February 2, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Oh wow that sounds and looks amazing, what an amazing experience and even better memories.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks Bethany, yes the memories will be treasured forever

  4. February 3, 2018 / 11:53 am

    What a fantastic experience, the food looks amazing

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks Kara, it was a lovely experience and food was fab

  5. February 3, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Oh wow how amazing is this event – lucky you. The food looks super yummy too x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks Melanie, we enjoyed it very much

  6. February 3, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    This food looks absolutely incredible but my favourite is definitely the dessert! Gingerbread mascarpone cream sounds like heaven on Earth to me! Each dish has such an interesting mixture of flavours too which makes for more enjoyable meals I think.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      True Nina, each of the flavour was so different yet brought the dish together perfectly.

  7. February 3, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I’m a huge Masterchef fan. What an absolutely amazing experience I’m just a tad jealous, I bet you will treasure memories from this night forever

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Yes we will treasure it, as we are fans of both Masterchef as well as Bake Off

  8. February 3, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    What an amazing experience this sounds like it would have been, the food all looks absolutely amazing I have to say! That lamb yum!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Lamb was totally yum and so tender. And yes it was an amazing experience Sarah

  9. February 3, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    OMG! That is super super super exciting. I would love to meet those two.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      They were so chatty and polite as well, so it was super good to meet them in person

  10. February 3, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    What a fantastic night, it must have been a great experience meeting Angelica. I remember watching her on master chef and loving both her and Sophie and wanting them both to win. Super jealous right here!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 3, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Aww thanks Kirsty, yes it was totally fun and we have a great time chatting with the two of them

  11. February 3, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Wow what an amazing event and a fantastic opportunity too! I love goats cheese so instantly wanted to try that starter!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 8:59 am

      We don’t really like goats cheese but this tasted amazing and we finished it all up

  12. February 3, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    What a wonderful dining experience , all the courses look fabulous and the show stoppet cake is out of this world.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 8:59 am

      It sure is, we loved the show stopper cake, it was so beautiful

  13. February 4, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Oh that food looks amazing! I love that they auctioned the cake too – what a great way to raise some money for charity 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Definitely Kate, it was all for a good cause.

  14. February 4, 2018 / 10:59 am

    What an exciting event to be a part of! The food looked amazing and I’m glad you put the recipe up because that means I can try make it myself. Thanks for sharing 😊😊

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Totally exciting event Ja’d and glad you will be trying the recipe out. Do let us know how it goes.

  15. February 4, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    How amazing it must have been to have the food prepared by the celebrities! Each course looked fantastic, especially the slow braised rump of lamb. I might have to try the recipe out next week. The cake is outstanding with all my favourite fillings! A memorable experience!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Yes totally a memorable experience for us Lana. Yes do let us know if you try the recipe out.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Dani, yes it was a fantastic night

  16. February 4, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Aaaaaaand now I’m really hungry. Lol. This looks like such a great experience! Wonderful post! Love the pictures!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks Rikki, hope you get something to eat soon. Yes it was a great experience.

  17. February 4, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Looks like a fabulous event to be part of; the food looks delicious and with some great company.

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Yes definitely Jen, great company and great food

  18. Helen
    February 4, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Oh wow what an great event. The food all looks and sounds amazing. I’m a huge Bake Off fan so I’m so jealous you met Sophie!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 4, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Yes it was so rare, and we are fans too so meeting them and eating their food was a total treat

  19. February 5, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Wow what an amazing experience!! My stomach is growling from the food pictures! You’re so lucky to be able to go to this :)!!

    Halfbloodpixie

  20. February 5, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I was thoroughly addicted to both of their shows so would have loved this event! Angellica’s main course looks completely devine. How amazing, that Sophie wants to be a stunt woman too?

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 5, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      Yes totally Helen, both of them are such fabulous ladies so talented in their own rights.

  21. Maud
    February 5, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    That is so awesome! I loved watching Masterchef. Seems like a great experience!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 5, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks Maud, yes it was a fabulous experience

  22. February 5, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    What an awesome experience you had! Dishes look super delicious!

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 6, 2018 / 10:49 am

      Thank you Frertsu, it was superb, and we would do it all over again

  23. February 6, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I’m a massive lover of Masterchef! This looks like it was a great experience, the food looks absolutely amazing. Although, the lamb truly sounds like the stand out dish to me x

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 6, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Yes the lamb dish was the star, but we enjoyed the appetiser as well and the dessert was out of this world too..so hard to pick one best dish

  24. February 6, 2018 / 11:32 am

    This reminds me of my love for cooking shows. I’m not up to date at all (international Netflix doesn’t have that much on offer here…) but this looks like such a great event!

  25. February 6, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    oh wow this looks lovely! I’m actually vegetarian so not sure it would be for me aha, but the experience sounded great! Some lovely photos too x
    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • yeahlifestyle
      February 6, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks Meera, they did offer a vegetarian option too but we did not take it.

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