Dy­namic duo to cook up a treat

Celebrity chefs to show off skills

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

INTU Uxbridge is serv­ing up a treat to shop­pers this week­end in the shape of two celebrity chefs.

Bri­tain’s youngest head chef, Luke Thomas, will give cook­ery demon­stra­tions at the shop­ping cen­tre on Satur­day, fol­lowed by Miche­lin award-win­ner Jean-Christophe Novelli on Sun­day.

The pair will show why they are masters of their trade and pass on a few tasty tips to cre­ate mouth­wa­ter­ing dishes at home.

Mr Thomas said: “My food is sim­ple, com­fort­ing, stripped back, ac­ces­si­ble and there’s noth­ing in there that scares any­body.

“It’s food we know well, cooked with a bit of love and a bit of pas­sion. Nice and sim­ple, quick and tasty.” The 21-year-old is open­ing a new restau­rant in Dubai later this year, and will demon­strate four dif­fer­ent dishes dur­ing his day in Uxbridge.

He said: “When peo­ple can see a pile of raw in­gre­di­ents and within 15 min­utes they’ve got a re­ally tasty, hearty plate of food, cooked in a shop­ping cen­tre on a camp­ing stove, peo­ple will re­alise, ac­tu­ally cooking is re­ally sim­ple.”

French­man Jean-Christophe Novelli will show shop­pers how to cre­ate a com­bi­na­tion of dishes from his cook books. Th­ese in­clude chicken choco­late, cooked with co­coa and cof­fee seeds, a white bean and vanilla veloute soup, and a mush­room gateau.

He said: “I prom­ise to teach some use­ful tips. You can buy your in­gre­di­ents from any­where, so long as they’re fresh.”

Mr Novelli, who is cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in the in­dus­try this year, rec­om­mends cut­ting down on sat­u­rated fat and sugar in cooking. The chefs will be in The Pi­azza and avail­able to an­swer ques­tions from shop­pers.

intu Uxbridge mar­ket­ing manager Craig Hig­gins said “Both Luke and Jean-Christophe will be bring­ing their va­ri­ety of skills and show­ing shop­pers how to get cre­ative in their kitchens at home too.”

n STAR: Chef Luke Thomas

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