I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are already moving towards Christmas and what to cook for our lunch. Some of you may think that is crazy, but the season will soon be upon us and I don’t want to run around like a headless turkey at the last minute!
I had the opportunity, yesterday, to attend a Lean on Turkey masterclass with chef, Marco Pierre White at his Chelsea FC restaurant, Marco. Myself and several other bloggers watched Marco in the kitchen prepare and cook the perfect roast turkey, the perfect stuffing, the perfect gravy and the perfect cranberry sauce.
Then, after watching (and learning from) the master, it was time to sample the food…and it was perfect!
In the coming days I’ll be sharing all of the recipes with you so that you can re-create a perfect roast turkey at home. I know that I can’t wait to try out the recipes at Christmas time!
My day started off with a 2 hour ish journey on the tube to Fulham and a short walk to Chelsea FC and Marco’s restaurant.
I got to Marco about half an hour early (you can never rely on the London Underground, so I tend to give myself lots of leeway when travelling!) and had a cuppa and a chat with fellow blogger, Mummy Barrow (thank you for the coffee – I owe you one!) By the time 10:30 rolled around, there was lots more bloggers standing outside and it was time to chat and mingle. Some I knew and recognised from Brit Mums, others, I didn’t know and it was a chance to meet new people – something I do enjoy doing.
I got chatting to Laura from Foodie Laura and once inside, we were invited to enjoy a pastry and a drink. Gotta say, the cherry Danish I had was lush! Having already had a strong coffee with Mummy Barrow, I stuck with a glass of water, although, I think I offended the waiter when I asked for it!! Can’t help it – I really like water!
We sat down at a table with Ellen from Blogging Works, Sarah from Sussex Mummy and Filipa from Gourmet Mum. The tables were laid out with Christmas crackers and a very pretty gold and silver centerpiece. We all chatted and made our introductions whilst we waited for Marco to come into the restaurant.
We all gave a couple of [nervous] nudges as Marco came out through the kitchen doors and into the restaurant. He spoke to us about what he would be preparing and how to make things simple when preparing a turkey for Christmas. I’ll be telling you more about that experience in another post!
Now, you may know Marco Pierre White as “that chef who advertises stock cubes on the telly” (and that was exactly what my son said when he saw this photo of me and Marco! Or you may know Marco as the chef on Hell’s Kitchen…or you may not know who he is at all!
Let me tell you a little about him…
Born in 1961, Marco Pierre White was 16 when he arrived in London from his hometown in North Yorkshire and became a commis at La Gavroche, where he began his classical training under Albert and Michel Roux. At 24 he became head chef and joint owner of Harveys, with a kitchen staff that included Gordon Ramsey. Marco was awarded three Michelin stars at the age of 33 – the youngest chef ever to do so.
As a chef, he is up there with the greats, in my humble opinion, and it was an honour to meet the man himself. I found Marco to be very charming and softly spoken, yet, he had this presence about him that is hard to describe. As a chef, you need to be very much in command of your kitchen, and I could feel that as I watched him work and instruct those around him. I’ve met a few ‘celebrity’ chefs, but none bowled me over with their presence as much as Marco Pierre White did! This opportunity to meet him, watch him cook and sample his food was an amazing one, and if I ever got the chance to attend a masterclass with Marco again, I would jump at that chance!
I promised to share his recipes with you, so don’t forget to come back and read all about how to prepare and cook the perfect turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce! I’ll be sharing some video that I took, as well as photographs of Marco in the kitchen.
Marco served up our lunch and we all enjoyed eating it together in the restaurant with a glass of vino…there was even a very lush sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream for dessert. What a lovely way to spend a day!
Disclosure: I was compensated to attend the masterclass. All opinions, words and images are my own.