‘Come Dine With Me’ a great gourmet success

YUMMY Mummies and clever cooks gathered in the beautiful ballroom of the Bridge House Hotel recently to listen to chefs Paddy Kennedy and Jim Corbett pass on their recipes and secret tips in the third annual Come Dine With Me in aid of Power4Good and the Phoneix Project.

YUMMY Mummies and clever cooks gathered in the beautiful ballroom of the Bridge House Hotel recently to listen to chefs Paddy Kennedy and Jim Corbett pass on their recipes and secret tips in the third annual Come Dine With Me in aid of Power4Good and the Phoneix Project.

The two chefs were as good as any comedy double act with their running commentary and jokes as they gave a whirlwind demonstration of a variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Every effort was immediately pounced upon by the eager audience who very happily sampled every dish. Among the favourites were the beef and pork meatballs, filet mignon, monkfish and chicken Milanese.

The Come Dine With Me cookery demonstration was also a celebration of 25 years of friendship between the chefs as Paddy Kennedy began his award-winning career as a student of Jim Corbett’s in the old Bridge House in 1986.

Now Paddy is the Head Chef in the Bridge House Hotel, which won the coveted Carvery of the Year award earlier this year while Jim is a lecturer in AIT.

Following the cookery demonstration it was a case of moving from the sublime to the ridiculous as a group of well known local people participated in the Great Omelette Challenge with Midlands 103 presenter Will Faulkner emerging as the winner.

Among the participants were Rev William Hayes, Christy Maye, Gemma Dunican and John Douglas.

At times the competition was fierce with frying pans flying and the old saying you can’t make an omelette without cracking eggs was indeed true!