Allan King, Head Chef at Jurys Inn Glasgow beat off five finalists in a live event to win the first ever ‘Jurys Inn Best Chef Competition’ at Unilever’s Knorr Kitchens in London. He collected a £1,000 cash prize and will see his dish included on restaurant menus across the group from May 2014.
The competition, which was run in conjunction with sponsors Unilever Food Solutions, PSL, Reynolds and Fairfax was judged by John Brennan CEO Jurys Inn; Shaun Watling Executive Chef, The Berkeley; Ian Shaw, Director of Key Accounts, PSL and Paul Hawkins, Culinary Development Chef, Unilever.
Head Chefs and Sous Chefs from across the hotel group were asked to submit a recipe containing chicken and at least two Unilever Food Solutions products, suitable for a Jurys Inn Bar or Restaurant menu. Each entry was scored based on creativity, planning, suitability and presentation as well as the capability to replicate the dish in any Jurys Inn kitchen. The six finalists competing in the live final had two hours to prepare their signature dish plus a dessert using only items from a ‘secret ingredients box’. They were judged on technical skill, presentation and taste, hygiene and food waste management among other things.
Said Bobby Fitzpatrick, Group Purchasing Manager, Jurys Inn: ‘Over the past two years we have been very focused on our food and beverage. We set up a Chefs’ Circle – a think tank – dedicated to sharing best practice and creativity and to developing new dishes and menus.
‘The Best Chef Competition takes it to the next level and enables us to tap into the great pool of talent we have across the group while raising the standard of our food and beverage offering.
‘It has also allowed our chefs to showcase their talents while enabling us to identify and recognise the exceptional people we have in our company.’
The competition will become an annual event and Jurys Inn is considering running a Young Chef of the Year Event in 2014.
The winning dish by Head Chef, Allan King was a lemon-marinated chicken breast with a ginger and herb sausage, rosti potato and braised winter cabbage. From the “secret ingredients box” he prepared a rhubarb and apple cheesecake with fresh raspberry coulis.
All six finalists received a set of chefs’ knives, Best Chef jacket and Best Chef plaque.
A composing competition for a bagpipe tune for Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray by The College of Piping in Glasgow has been welcomed by Stuart McMillan MSP, who represents the West of Scotland.
Mr McMillan, the only MSP who is a piper, said:
“A pipe tune for Andy Murray is a fantastic idea by the College of Piping, and they are to be congratulated for such a creative initiative. ”
Robert Wallace, Principal of the College of Piping, said: ‘It is right and fitting that a real Scottish hero like Andy Murray has his own tune for the national instrument, the bagpipe. We hope his phenomenal success will spur pipe music composers all over the world to get their creative juices going. It is right that the College, the centre of the bagpipe world internationally, should be co-ordinating this endeavour and we will make a substantial prize available to the winner.’
Added MSP McMillan: “Andy Murray has made history with his outstanding Wimbledon victory, his second Grand Slam, and his Olympic Gold. I have no doubt that the calibre of tunes that will be composed will be worthy of Andy’s phenomenal achievements.”
For information on the competition, check the College’s website: http://www.collegeofpiping.org/2013/07/composing-contest-for-andy-murray/
The spice of Glasgow’s curry houses took to the red carpet on Tuesday 15 June for the Scottish Curry Awards at the Thistle Hotel, and a new kid on the block stole the show.
The newly opened Bukharah restaurant, part of the refurbished Lorne Hotel, was the star, bagging both the Restaurant and Chef of the Year Awards. For Archie Sharif, owner of the new Lorne Hotel, this recognition is sweet justification for the changes he made to Glasgow’s famous hotel, which reopened only in 2009.
After the awards, Archie beamed:’This is a fantastic achievement for the Bukharah, to win both awards, I am absolutely delighted and want to thank all our customers for voting for us. The Bukharah offers something different to the curry connoisseur, it’s healthy Indian cuisine, exactly what it says on the door, home cooking at it’s best.’
While the Bukharah is a new player on Glasgow’s vibrant curry scene, experienced hands are involved in cooking the curry. Head Chef Mahrukh Butt, originally from Pakistan, came from the 5 star Dubai Sheraton to be head chef at the Bukharah. In collecting the Chef of the Year award Mahruk continues a remarkable personal journey. In leading Bukharah’s kitchen she became Scotland’s first Asian female head-chef. Mahruk lavished praise on the Lorne hotel after receiving her award. She said:’I am delighted to have been awarded Chef of the Year. Working at the Bukharah has allowed me to be creative in my cooking, I enjoy being able to come up with new healthy food dishes using fresh Scottish produce. The restaurant is part of a boutique hotel and not a global chain, it’s unique and to me that’s something special.’ Congratulations to Bukharah and all the other flavours of the night!
To receive a copy of John McDermott’s exquisite book – Glasgow City Beautiful – is to fall in love with this amazing city. The candid photographs from this professional photographer, reveal fine detail that is lost in the hustle and bustle of every day. His outreach with his camera extends from the Antonine Wall in Bearsden to the St Andrew’s Bridge at Glasgow Green. Published by Derby Books Publishing Company Ltd – tel: 01332 384235 and email:firstname.lastname@example.org, they sell for around £9.99. The LOCAL NEWS has five copies of this visual delight of a book to give away. For your chance to win one, just tell us: who took the photographs in Glasgow City Beautiful? Answers by 9am Tuesday 1 June to CITY BOOK COMP, Local News Glasgow, Yam Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD or by email with CITY BOOK COMP in the subject box – to: email@example.com
Football grounds, bowling greens, dog tracks, ‘doocots’, racecourses, blaes pitches, athletics tracks and swimming clubs; our city has had them all. Ged O’Brien’s book, Played in Glasgow, is a modestly-sized but mighty anthology that covers every sporting nook and cranny since Victorian times.
This is part of the superb Played In Britain series, backed by Historic Scotland and English Heritage. The volume is subtitled ‘charting the heritage of a city at play’, and is a store of information for those of us who choose to look beyond the elegant stone facades, towering steel skeletons and pretty, manicured lawns.
Beyond Hampden Park, the home of Queen’s Park and Scotland’s international team, there are retrospectives on the homes of Rangers, Celtic, Partick Thistle, Clyde and the bullish ranks of Glasgow Junior football.
O’Brien also looks at the homes of the city’s many rugby teams and enjoys our rich bowling heritage, all recorded with excellent photography and detailed with the care of a first-class reference work.
Played In Glasgow has a section on swimming baths and clubs, from the elegant but forgotten municipal pools of the late 1800s to their 21st century heirs and the architectural wonders of the Western and the Arlington Baths clubs.
The book also strikes a nostalgic tone with a look at the city’s remaining red ash ‘blaes’ pitches and takes a flight into the world of the Glasgow pigeon fancier and their home-built doocots. Neither does it neglect cricketing heritage nor pass by the huge achievements of our many athletes over the years.
With one eye on Glasgow’s place as host for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this book is a roadmap that shows us how far we have come, what we have won, what we have lost and hints at what could yet be.
A blend of social and cultural history and a treat with archive and modern photography, sometimes evocative and occasionally controversial, Played In Glasgow is an essential addition to the book collection of anyone who has an eye for their city’s sporting heritage.
LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW has three copies of Played in Glasgow to give away.
For a chance to win your own copy, just write and tell us which football teams play their home games at Hampden Park.
Send your answers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put ‘PLAYED IN GLASGOW COMPETITION’ in the header field and remember your name, address and a daytime telephone number. You can also enter by snail mail, please write with your answer to Played In Glasgow Competition, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications, Third Floor, 142 West Nile Street G1 2RQ. Don’t forget all your contact details.
This competition closed at 9am on Monday, May 24.
Thanks to its phenomenal success, DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS, the smash hit musical which has had a sold-out second tour, is to be extended. It will be in Glasgow from March 29 to April 3 at the King’s Theatre. Phone: 0844 871 7648 for ticket details.
Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon, this spectacular feel-good production featuring songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and many more.
LOCAL NEWS has two pairs of tickets to give away for the opening Glasgow night of DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS 2010 run.
For your pass to a great evening of nostalgia, just write and tell us which of the bands whose music is featured in the show is most associated with Sir Cliff Richard but also enjoyed huge success of their own.
Send your answers by email to email@example.com. Please put ‘DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS COMPETITION’ in the header field and remember your name, address and a daytime telephone number. You can also enter by snail mail, please write with your answer to Dreamboats and Petticoats Competition, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8QD. Don’t forget all your contact details.
This competition closes at 9am on Monday, March 22.
A one-stop shop providing a look at the latest in caravans, motor homes, camping, holiday homes, marine, industry clubs and associations, the show has become a major fixture on the Glasgow calendar and tickets are in big demand.
The hugely popular Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show 2010 is on at the SECC in Glasgow from 4 to 7 February.
Thanks the exhibitions, you’ll be able to plan a caravan or outdoor holiday from start to finish. You can meet exhibitors who’ll put you on the right road to insurance, on the best tourist trails to the best in campsites or keep you moving with vehicle rental.
The show also offers free 20-minute towing and manoeuvring workshops for budding – and experienced – caravanners under the watchful eyes of Caravan Club tutors. The club reminds all students to bring their driving licence when booking.
Prices have been held at 2009 levels … making it the ideal crunch-beating day out. Advance tickets are £7 or £6 for seniors and on-the-door tickets are £9 each or £8 for seniors. Kids go free. All tickets include a free brochure with a RRP £4.50. The show is open from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information visit www.caravanshowscotland.com or call the ticket hotline 0844 3954000
In all, the Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show 2010 is a very hot ticket indeed, and LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW has 10 pairs to give away for the event.
To win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is tell us which organisation is offering free workshops in towing and manoeuvring caravans.
Send us your answers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write ‘Caravan & Leisure Show’ in the header field. Alternatively, you can enter by snail mail. Please write to Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show 2010 competition, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8QD.
Please remember to include your full contact details – that’s home address and a daytime telephone number.
This competition closes at 9am on 29 January – good luck.
Scotland’s largest event for brides-to-be, The Scottish Wedding Show, will take place at the SECC, Glasgow on 20 & 21 February 2010.
The show brings together more than 300 of Scotland’s leading specialist wedding companies, showcasing everything needed to make the big day just perfect.
LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW has 10 pairs of tickets for this fantastic show to give away in our easy-to-enter competition.
Visitors to the show will see all the latest products and services, from wedding planners to romantic honeymoons and everything in-between.
There will also be the chance to watch the spectacular fashion show, which will be staged four times each day. The catwalk features top models and the largest bridal collection in Scotland, from top designers and well-known high street names, for the bride, groom and the bridal party.
There will also be …
Free make-uppers by Benefit Cosmetics;
Free bra fitting by Ultimo, the UK’s leading designer lingerie brand;
Free expert advice and dance demos at the new Inspiration Theatre, where visitors can obtain free expert advice and inspiration for wedding hair and make-up, find out what dress suits each body shape and get some great tips on how to put the wow into your wedding;
Free cocktails from Badaboom Bars.
For more information on special offers, ticket prices (which start at £9) or to purchase tickets visit www.thescottishweddingshow.com or call 0141 587 6088. All tickets include brochure RRP £5.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets just write and answer the following question: Scotland’s largest wedding show will take place in which Glasgow venue?
Send us your answers by email to email@example.com. Please write ‘Scottish Wedding Show’ in the header field. Alternatively, you can enter by snail mail. Please write to Scottish Wedding Show competition, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8QD.
Please remember to include your full contact details – that’s home address and a daytime telephone number.
The first 10 correct entries will receive a pair of tickets to The Scottish Wedding Show.
This competition closes at 9am on 12 February – good luck.
Following the hugely successful productions of Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, Scottish Ballet are reviving Artistic Director Ashley Page’s The Nutcracker.
It tells the story of Marie who, on Christmas eve, hears how a brave young man saves a Princess from a horrible curse. As Marie sleeps, she is transported into a surreal dream world where she learns to fend for herself and discovers the secret of true love.
This fresh and vivid re-telling of the famous Christmas story features stunning sets and costumes, breathtaking choreography, Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra and the phenomenally talented dancers of Scotland’s national dance company.
The LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW has a pair of tickets to give away for The Nutcracker. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question: Who wrote the music for The Nutcracker?
The prize is a pair of tickets for the ballet at the Theatre Royal Glasgow at 7.30pm on Monday 21 December.
Answer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address and phone contact. Please write ‘Nutcracker comp’ in the header field. Snailmail to Nutcracker comp, Local News Glasgow, YAM Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD.
All entries must be with us by 9am on Friday 18 December. For further information see the website: www.scottishballet.co.uk. or call the box office on: 0870 060 6647 Tickets from £9 (matinee).
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Waitrose – the food stores of the John Lewis Partnership – opened its first supermarket in Glasgow – on Byres Road – on Thursday 12 November.
It carries a wide range of fresh produce and quality food including some locally sourced produce and it offers service of the quality kind expected from a John Lewis Partnership store.
To celebrate the opening of its first store in Glasgow, Waitrose and the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW have teamed up to give LOCAL NEWS readers the chance to win a £75 Waitrose Joy of Christmas Hamper.
The company has a wide range of Christmas hampers presented in stylish wicker baskets and packed with all kinds of treats that will make wonderful presents. For more information, go to www.waitrose.com
Voted the UK’s favourite supermarket in several polls over the last two years, Waitrose is delighted to be launching in Glasgow at 373 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU. For opening times and directions see website: www.waitrose.com/branches/branchdetails )
For your chance to win this fantastic prize worth £75, just tell us: How many Waitrose Supermarkets are there in Glasgow? One, two or three?
Send your answer on a post card to: Waitrose comp, LOCAL NEWS, Yam Publications Ltd, 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8QD or by email – marked WAITROSE COMP – to: email@example.com to arrive no later than 9am on Monday 30 November.
Terms and conditions: There is no cash alternative. This competition is not open to employees of the John Lewis Partnership.