Im­press your din­ner guests

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Vis­i­tors to the an­nual Auck­land Food Show this week are set to have their taste­buds tick­led while get­ting plenty of di­vine in­spi­ra­tion.

Chef and Dish mag­a­zine food ed­i­tor Claire Al­dous will be tak­ing up her post for the fourth year in a row as the an­nual food lovers’ event kicks off again to­mor­row evening.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon she’ll be pre­sent­ing a halfhour show, Easy En­ter­tain­ing, show­cas­ing four sim­ple recipes to im­press din­ner party guests.

She says the idea be­hind her demon­stra­tion is giv­ing peo­ple ideas for dishes they can cre­ate up to three days ahead of time, that will stay looking and tast­ing good.

“For me that’s what peo­ple are looking for,” she says.

“Some­thing they can pre­pare ahead of time.”

Claire will be show­ing guests how to make four dishes – av­o­cado hum­mus, a grain salad, sal­mon with a lemon and herb top­ping and hazel­nut and plum­cake tarts for dessert.

She says giv­ing peo­ple lots of flavour com­bi­na­tions and us­ing sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents are things she al­ways tries to in­cor­po­rate when cre­at­ing recipes for Dish.

The Ep­som res­i­dent was part of the team that started the suc­cess­ful food lovers’ mag­a­zine five years ago and is solely re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing all the recipes and the dishes that ap­pear in it.

Al­though she never had for­mal chef train­ing, she says she’s cooked for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

Liv­ing in Lon­don as an au pair on her first OE, she fell into the spot­light when the fam­ily chef sud­denly left and she has never looked back.

Since re­turn­ing home she has owned her own ca­ter­ing busi­ness and headed the cook­ing school at the for­mer Epi­curean Work­shop in New­mar­ket, work­ing with hun­dreds of over­seas chefs.

“I learned a lot without even re­al­is­ing it,” she says.

Claire will also be pre­sent­ing canapes along­side Aus­tralian Donna Hay, Si­mon Wright and Mikel Ar­riet Ar­ruiz for the Food Show VIP evening to­mor­row.

The food show runs from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day at the Auck­land Show­grounds.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www.foodshow.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Im­pres­sive eats: Claire Al­dous will be pre­sent­ing her Easy En­ter­tain­ing show at the Food Show this Sun­day.

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