Posts Tagged ‘uk’

@FoodAdo is proud for @AlanCoxon & his “Maitrise Escoffier” award by Conseil Culinaire Francais

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

TV Chef/presenter, food Archaeologist, author and broadcaster Alan Coxon has been awarded the “Maitrise Escoffier” award by the Conseil Culinaire Francais.

The award on recommendation of the President of the Association Culinaire is in recognition for achievements within the culinary profession.

Alan who received notice of the award in the post says:

It was a complete surprise and a great honour and privilege to have been recognised by such a leading culinary body and by my peers

FoodAdo could not resist form interviewing him and discover a bit more.

Who was the first person you told the good news?

My Wife and Children

Why do you think they picked your products?

I have been a member of the Association Culinaire for many years and this surprise award was a nomination by my peers in recognition for the work I have done in the food industry and possibly the fact that I have created a unique ingredient.

What is your secret?

If I told you it would no longer be a secret!! Joking aside, the real secret is  hard work , sheer determination and a passion to see  quality products enjoyed by people that love  quality food and ingredients.

Alan has worked in a variety of hotels and restaurants around the world including the Michelin star restaurant the “Foie Gras”, the Loews hotel Monte Carlo, his own restaurant in the Isle of Man, and the largest 4 star hotel in Paris leading a brigade of 65 International chefs.

Alan has also developed a global following for his TV presentations such as Ever Wondered about food for BBC2, Coxon`s Royal Feast for BBC Worldwide to 4 years as guest presenter on the Gloria Hunniford Open house and 4 years on the UK TV food networks.

Alan has written 3 books to date and has also created a unique range of multi award winning food products, including a 15th century Mediaeval Old English “Ale-Gar”, a Roman period Vinaigre and an Ancient Greek Vinaigre.

All three products are now being exported and to 9 countries around the globe.

He is a complete source of information and inspiration for foodies!

Well done Alan!

If you want to discover more about Alan and his unique products, visit http://foodado.com/coxonskitchen

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Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2010, Olympia London

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

FoodAdo loved the Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2010, it was just irresistible!

The FoodAdo Team was enchanted by the friendly people, the best specialities and the clever producers coming from all over the UK (not to mention those who were coming from oversea!)

Great selection of foods, magical chocolates and sweets, surprising vegan, vegetarian and organic products.

The strike? It did not stop hungry foodies from attending: the place was very busy, till closing time. The Fair’s staff had to ask visitors to live because people would not go away at closing time (6pm).

It was so good, they just couldn’t have enough of it!

Paul from FoodAdo and Galia from ChocChick

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UK National Picnic Week 9-15th August

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

National Picnic Week 9-15th August: an old tradition that is still great fun

During the 14th century, picnics were medieval hunting feasts. These feasts, taking place before the hunt began, were of special importance. The typical foods would be cheese, baked specialities, pastries and lovely preserves.

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition, volume XI, p. 779) picnic means “a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; a party including an excursion to some spot in the country.

The oldest print evidence of the word picnic in the English language can be traced back to 1748, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word picnic was known in France, Germany, and Sweden before it became part of the English society.

According to Wikipedia, “the first usage of the word picnic was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. A theory has it that the word picnic is based on the verb piquer which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique perhaps meaning trifle. The 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Franqoise de Ménage, which mentions ‘piquenique’ as being of recent origin, marks the first appearance of the word picnic in print. The word picnic first appeared in English texts in the mid-1700s, and may have entered the English language from this French word or from the German Picknick.”

What about today?

Picnic is fashionable more then ever! People are still in love with picnics in UK and you will see lots of groups this week end: from families to friends or couples, from easygoing to high end, from beer to champagne!

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