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      Our UK manager Marcia Barrington is off to represent L'atelier des Chefs at Earls court annual Real food festival this weekend. So if you are attending the real food festival look out for Marcia who will be demonstrating her her knife skills as well as sharing her knowledge of food and cooking, Marcia is a real foodie!

      The Real food festival is described as the biggest producers market, with livestock ranging from water buffalo to chickens and hundreds of the best food & drink producers from across the UK and abroad, it is a real celebration of everything from the farm to your plate!

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      We are thrilled to announce the opening of L’atelier des Chefs DUBAI located within the renowned Le Méridien hotel

      
      
      

      Over the last four years we have launched several L’atelier des chefs units in France, Belgium and the UK. This year L'atelier des Chefs will open its doors in Le Meridien hotel Dubai on March 2nd 2009. As is all our L'atelier des Chefs units you will be able to take part in cookery classes from 30 minutes to two hours. Booking is simple and just a click away on www.atelierdeschefsdubai.com .

      Moreover, we will be happy to organise private functions including team building activities, birthday parties, hen parties and more…from groups of 12 to 50 people in just one click on http://www.atelierdeschefsdubai.com/default.aspx?sp=7 L'atelier des Chefs in Dubai can be found in Le Meridien hotel already well known for its high quality restaurants.

      How to find L'atelier des Chefs...

      
      
      

      Let’s talk about the team who will welcome you at L’atelier des Chefs Dubai! Our Chef Gregory who will be in charge of the kitchen was born in Strasbourg, France and has worked in famous restaurants worldwide. Our front of house manager is Baptiste and he will be happy to welcome you on arrival. We are really looking forward to meeting you on 2 March at L’atelier des Chefs within Le Méridien hotel Dubai located on Airport Road, Al Garhoud, Dubai. See you soon to cook, eat and enjoy!

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      Or even just come to watch our chef teaching how to make fabulous sushi rolls..

      Have a nice evening.

      Becky

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      L'atelier des Chefs is open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday the 21st of December to enable you to do your Christmas shopping.

      You do not have any idea? Why not offering cookery classes or clever kitchenware ?

              

      We will be pleased to welcome you, to show you around and to give you our advice!

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      The Cuisine Cup contest took place this Saturday at L’atelier des Chefs, in Wigmore street.

      You have perhaps heard about the free contest for foodie lovers that L’atelier des Chefs organises. To be selected participants had to post on (http://www.cuisinecup.com/en/) a recipe ready in one hour around Norwegian salmon for 4 people.

      12 participants had been selected by our chefs last week and this Saturday, these cooks competed during the whole day for the 1/8 final and the quarter final.

      Let me tell you what happened on 19 Wigmore street yesterday:

      9:00 am: All the participants were welcomed around a delicious breakfast before the contest. Stress began to reach our participants as soon as they knew when they will start cooking thanks to the draw.

      9:30 am: Helene, the first participant, began to cook her salmon recipe. She cook during one hour before showing her dish to the jury who tasted it and gave her a mark.

      The Jury was made of 4 foodie lovers:

      • Niamh who is the “Trusted places” blogger and who is found of food
       
      • Pascal Aussignac, chef of the club Gascon. Pascal Aussignac was awarded "français of the year - best Chef" in 2007 in England
        
      • Will Torrent: confectionary, pastry chef. Will Torrent is an up and coming cooking star. He is barely 22 years old but he already had the chance to work with some of the best chefs in the UK
        

      Will Torrent, Pascal Aussignac, Jean-Sebastien Bompoil our French chef, Baldwin

      • Jerome: our manager, ready to be impressed and to taste knew culinary creations!

      From 9:30 am to 12:20 pm: the 12 participants followed one another to prepare their recipe and show it to the jury. The jury had the chance to taste amazing dishes such as Salmon with Caramelised Fennel en Papillote , Salmon Mille-feuille with its salty milk-shake , Roasted salmon served with spinach, roasted tomatoes and pesto , Spicy marinated salmon skewers, Leek frayed scented with clementines, ginger and passion fruit foam , Double salmon Tartare , crusty popato rosti, agamamé puree with a soya emulsion...

        

      Admire the result of the candidates’ hard work:

        

      Emmanuel's dish:Roasted salmon, lime condiment, black and yellow polenta fingers

      12:30 pm: The Jury chose 4 of the 12 candidates, 4 semi finalists who were about to run the second part of the contest in the afternoon.... Even if all the dishes were delicious, the jury had to make a decision. The selected candidates were:

      • Ilyas for his Grilled salmon, smoked milk, matcha and avruga meringue. On top of the good taste of this course, he made the difference thanks to the black (of the plate) and white ( of the sauce) presentation.
      • Emmanuel for his Roasted salmon, lime condiment, black and yellow polenta fingers. Emmanuel made a quite original presentation and impressed with its amazing sauce that left his dish
      • Luke (who is a 15 year old boy) with his "Roasted salmon served with spinach, roasted tomatoes and pesto". His dish was the only one to make sens: all the flavours were linked to each other. All members of the jury agreed on the fact that it was the only dish they really wanted to finish ( While it is quite hard to finish 12 dishes!!)
      • Nathalie for her Spicy marinated salmon skewers, Leek frayed scented with Clementines, ginger and passion fruit foam. This was a typical feminine and nice dish!
        

      Luke, Nathalie, Ilyas

        

      Emmanuel

      After a nice lunch with the jury, the members of staff and the candidates, the quarter final started: The candidates had to create a dish for 4 people, ready in 1 hour and a half with a piece of Lamb and a garnished basket ( potatoes, parsnips, onions, fresh herbs vegetables, butter, eggs, white wine, cognac...). As in the morning, the jury tasted all the courses and gave marks.

        
        
        

      The jury was delight and...Totally full! They were quite impressed by the imagination and the quality of these dishes.

      And the winner was...Luke by far!!!!

      Luke is a 15 year old young guy who trained a lot before attending Cuisine Cup. He is a foodie lover and has been cooking since the age of 10. He cooked a delicious Rack of Lamb served with honey glazed parsnips, carrots and mashed potatoes.

        

      Congratulation to all and we hope that you enjoyed this culinary day at L’atelier des Chefs!

      Want to cook some salmon this evening? Try Luke’s recipe!

      Roasted salmon served with spinach, roasted tomatoes and pesto

      Ingredients for 6 poeple:

      • 1 fillet of Norwegian Salmon (800g)
      • Olive oil
      • 100g of butter
      • 400g of spinach leaves
      • Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
      • Balsamic vinegar
      • 4 vines of cherry tomatoes
      • 200g of pine nuts
      • 8 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves
      • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
      
      
      

      Recipe:

      1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

      2. For the salmon, heat the oil in an ovenproof pan until smoking and add the salmon, skin side down.fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn the salmon over and fry for another 1-2 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to the oven and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.

      3. For the spinach, melt the butter in a clean frying pan and cook the spinach for 3-4 minutes, or until wilted, then season with salt and pepper.

      4. For the roasted tomatoes, heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan. add the tomatoes and stir to coat with the oil. Season with salt and pepper, add the balsamic vinegar, then place into the oven until soft.

      5. For the pesto, place the basil, the oil, pine nuts, salt, pepper and the garlic and blend in a food processor until a smooth paste.

      6. To serve, pile the wilted spinach onto the serving plate and top with the seared salmon. spoon the roasted cherry tomatoes alongside, then drizzle with the pesto.

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      You do not know where to organise your Christmas party ? L'atelier des Chefs can organise your special event that makes the difference!

        

      Our private events:

      • From 8 to 120 people
      • Personalised menus
      • At any time of the day
      • Lots of activities: oenology cocktail session, beer tasting, cheese tasting, vegetables carving
      • Flexibility and competitive prices that will suit your budget

      L’atelier des Chefs offers you the rental of the venue if you organise an event in November or December!

      Furthermore, Enjoy our special offer: From the 1st of November to the 23rd of December 2008 Organise your private 3-course meal, up to 20 people, for only £1 000 vat excluded, with wine, coffee/ tea included. We will send you the recipes afterwards. You are looking for a new and original idea for your corporate event! Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be very pleased to help you!

      We wish you a very good last term before Christmas!

      L’atelier des Chefs team

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      You only have 3 days left to join the free culinary contest that L’atelier des Chefs organises!

      Registrations will end on the 10th of November so log on now to (http://www.cuisinecup.com/) and dash into the Cuisine cup adventure by posting a recipe for 4 people around salmon that you can cook within one hour.

      Bear in mind that you can win a 4 day trip to Norway, cookery classes at L’atelier des Chefs, household appliance...

              

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      Thank you to all of you who took part in the Halloween quiz! Sophie created it and I have to say that it wasn’t so easy! I made a bad score: I only found 3 answers. I have to study for next year!

      Only one person found all the answers and this person is...EVA! Congratulation Eva, you win a cookery class at lunchtime at our atelier in London!

      Discover now the right answers to our quiz:

      1. Who first celebrated what we've come to know as Halloween?

      1.The Druids.

      2.The tradition of dressing up started because:

      1.We try to scare away evil spirits.

      3. What are young virgins said to see if they light a candle and look in the mirror on Halloween?

      3.Their future husband

      4. Where do vampires assemble on Halloween?

      2.They stay in - it's all too commercial

      
      
      

      5. Which of these 20th century American icons died on Halloween?

      2.River Phoenix

      6. From which phrase is the word Halloween derived?

      3.All Hallows Eve

      7. The Romans called Halloween Pomona Day. Who or what was Pomona?

      2.The goddess of fruits and gardens.

      8.Why is Halloween the busiest time of the year for David Bowman?

      3.He owns the UK's biggest pumpkin farm

      9.What were the first jack-o-lanterns made out of?

      3.Turnips

      
      
      

      10.By how much has spending on Halloween in Britain increased over the last five years?

      3.900%

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      What do you know about HALLOWEEN?

          

      Sophie prepared an Halloween quizz for you. Take the challenge today:

      1- Answer today to this Halloween quizz by sending me an email with your answers: capucine@atelierdeschefs.co.uk

      2- The winner will get a free "Cook, Eat & Run" cookery class at L'atelier des Chefs!

      Ready?

      1-Who celebrated first what we've come to know as Halloween?

      1. The Druids
      2. The Romans
      3. The Christians

      2-The tradition of dressing up started because:

      1. We try to scare away evil spirits
      2. It's a way to honor the dead
      3. When the evil spirits came, they wouldn't recognize you

      3-What are young virgins said to see if they light a candle and look in the mirror on Halloween?

      1. A dead relative
      2. A ghost
      3. Their future husband
      4. Their future self

      4-Where do vampires assemble on Halloween?

      1. In a pub in Camden
      2. They stay in - it's all too commercial
      3. Transylvania
      4. Their local cemetery

      5-Which of these 20th century American icons died on Halloween?

      1. Jeff Buckley
      2. River Phoenix
      3. Kurt Cobain
      4. James Dean

      6-From which phrase is the word Halloween derived?

      1. Hello, weenie one
      2. Hell of an evening
      3. All Hallows Eve
      4. Hall of screams

      7-The Romans called Halloween Pomona Day. Who or what was Pomona?

      1. The town where the Romans first celebrated Pomona Day
      2. The goddess of fruits and gardens
      3. The place where evil spirits dwell

      8-Why is Halloween the busiest time of the year for David Bowman?

      1. He heads a theatre company that re-enacts Hammer horror films
      2. He runs Britain's biggest fancy dress shop
      3. He owns the UK's biggest pumpkin farm
      4. He is Britain's chief vampire

      9-What were the first jack-o-lanterns made out of?

      1. Pumpkins
      2. Marrows
      3. Turnips

      10-By how much have British Halloween spending increased over the last five years?

      1. 50%
      2. 100%
      3. 900%
      4. 600%

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