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When is Nigella’s ChristmasTable on BBC Two and what festive recipes does Nigella Lawson prepare?

NIGELLA Lawson recently made her long-awaited comeback to the BBC after two years with a new show focused on home cooking. And now she’s off to the countryside to share her festive recipes with us – here’s all we know about Nigella’s Christmas Table. When is Nigella’s Christmas Table on BBC Two? Nigella’s Christmas Table […]

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NIGELLA Lawson recently made her long-awaited comeback to the BBC after two years with a new show focused on home cooking.

And now she’s off to the countryside to share her festive recipes with us – here’s all we know about Nigella’s Christmas Table.

Nigella Lawson will be sharing her festive secrets
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When is Nigella’s Christmas Table on BBC Two?

Nigella’s Christmas Table follows the six-part BBC Two series Nigella: At My Table and airs on Monday December 11 at 8pm.

The hour-long programme goes up against EastEnders and Would I Lie To You? on BBC One, Martin Lewis Money Show and Coronation Street on ITV, Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life and Supershoppers on Channel 4 and Weather Terror: Brits In Peril on Channel 5.

The At My Table series marked Nigella’s return to the BBC after two years and focused on yummy home recipes.

What festive recipes will Nigella prepare?

Nigella’s mission in her new shows is to “infuse every day with pleasure and flavour” and “to inject pleasure into everyday meals”.

In her cosy, Christmas countryside location, Nigella throws a party, serving platters of devilled eggs and a sparkling cocktail.

She cooks up a feast of roast duck with all the trimmings and shows us a new way with brussel sprouts.

Always one with a sweet tooth, Nigella creates mouth-watering desserts of sticky toffee pudding and brandy salted caramel ice cream.

She finishes up with a fireside supper of a Moroccan vegetable hotpot and couscous with chocolate pistachio meringue cookies.

 

Nigella: At My Table focused on yummy home recipes
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Who is Nigella Lawson?

Nigella Lawson was born on January 6, 1960, and is a well-known TV presenter and cookbook writer.

She is the daughter of former Chancellor Nigel Lawson and Vanessa Lawson.

Nigella rose to fame with her second cookbook How To Be A Domestic Goddess, which won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.

She has fronted a number of cooking shows in the UK and the US including Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, Nigella Bites and Nigella Feasts.

Her cookware range, Living Kitchen, is valued at £7 million while she has sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide to date.

 

 

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Who is Monica Galetti? MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Amazing Hotels presenter and owner of Mere restaurant

MASTERCHEF: The Professionals judge and celebrity chef Monica Galetti has had a glittering career. The all-star chef is back for another series of MasterChef: The Professionals on the BBC alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace – here’s her story… Where is Monica Galetti from? Monica was born in Samoa in the South Pacific, where she […]

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MASTERCHEF: The Professionals judge and celebrity chef Monica Galetti has had a glittering career.

The all-star chef is back for another series of MasterChef: The Professionals on the BBC alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace – here’s her story…

Monica also works as the UK Tourism Ambassador for her home country
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Where is Monica Galetti from?

Monica was born in Samoa in the South Pacific, where she was raised by her aunts until she was eight-years-old.

She then moved to Wellington, New Zealand, where she lived with her parents and five siblings.

The television chef is still loyal to her roots, as she currently serves Samoa as the UK Tourism Ambassador.

Mum-of-one Monica is married to French wine expert David Galetti, who was the Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche – one of London’s leading restaurants.

How did Monica Galetti’s career begin?

Monica worked her way up from one of the lowest-rank chef jobs at a two Michelin-starred restaurant to where she is today
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The experienced chef began her training at the Central Institute of Technology, Wellington, in the early 1990s.

When she was finished with her studies, she landed her first proper cooking job at a nearby restaurant, Timothy’s.

Her cooking impressed the owner so much that she was sent to cooking competitions across the world, including Europe.

This was perhaps what inspired her to start looking for a job in London, where she punted her CV to some of the top restaurants.

How did Monica Galetti become famous?

Following over a decade at La Gavroche, Monica is planning on opening her own restaurant
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Her qualifications must’ve impressed Michel Roux Jr, who gave her a junior role as first commis chef at his two-star Michelin restaurant, Le Gavroche.

Since working at the fine dining establishment since 1999, she’s worked her way up to senior sous chef, a position she maintained until 2015.

Impressively, she was the first woman to land a senior role in the kitchens of the restaurant.

Where else may you know Monica Galetti from?

She is one of the judges on popular BBC cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals

Although the chef has made many television appearances, her most notable has got to be her work on MasterChef: The Professionals.

Since 2009, the harsh but fair critic has put chefs through their paces on the TV cooking contest, where she hosts alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace.

Monica has also featured on documentary Food and Drink in 2013 and the Great British Food Revival in 2012.

In the same year, she released her own book, Monica’s Kitchen, which was released by Quadrille Publishing.

Does Monica Galetti have her own restaurant?

The TV judge is branching out
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Monica has a wealth of experience working at one of London’s most critically acclaimed fine dining establishments, and now she’s started a business venture of her own.

In early 2017 Monica opened a new restaurant in London alongside her husband David.

In March, the Masterchef judge unveiled her own establishment, Mere, on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia.

The name is a combination of the French word for mum and the Samoan word for Mary, the name of Monica’s mother.

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Who is Marcus Wareing? MasterChef: The Professionals judge and Michelin-starred chef in charge of The Gilbert Scott and Tredwells

MARCUS Wareing is a two-Michelin starred chef who comes from humble beginnings, as the son of a fruit and potato merchant. The straight-talking chef became a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2014, and has since acquired a whole new set of fans. Here’s what you need to know about the top chef and his […]

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MARCUS Wareing is a two-Michelin starred chef who comes from humble beginnings, as the son of a fruit and potato merchant.

The straight-talking chef became a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2014, and has since acquired a whole new set of fans. Here’s what you need to know about the top chef and his restaurants…

Marcus was Gordon Ramsay’s protege for 15 years
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Who is Marcus Wareing and where did he grow up?

Marcus was born in Southport, Merseyside, in 1970.

The aspiring chef started working in the food industry when he was just 11, packing potatoes and helping his dad with deliveries.

Marcus was paid just 10p for every 5lb (2.3kg) bag of potatoes packed, and he credits his dad’s long hours with inspiring his own work ethic.

The teen was the only boy in his home economics class at Stanley High School, and went on to study catering at Southport College.

Which famous chefs has Marcus Wareing worked with?

Marcus was first employed as a commis chef at the Savoy Hotel, under Anton Endelmann, when he was just 18 years old.

He then left to work with Albert Roux at the Michelin starred Le Gavroche, where he first met Gordon Ramsay.

Marcus also worked in New York City, Amsterdam and Gravetye Manor, in Sussex, during this time.

Marcus joined Ramsay’s Aubergine when it opened in 1993, and soon became his sous chef and protege – working with the notoriously angry chef for 15 years.

The judge credits Ramsay with teaching him to cook – describing his time at Aubergine as ‘the most important time in my life’.

Marcus and Ramsay, pictured in 2001 – before their falling out
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Marcus’ first head chef job was at L’Oranger, a joint venture in which both he and Ramsay held stakes.

When he was just 25, Marcus earned his first Michelin star at L’Oranger.

A fall-out between A-Z Restaurants, Marcus and Ramsay saw both chefs quit L’Oranger – and the Hell’s Kitchen judge went on to open Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

In 1999, Ramsay’s group opened Petrus – where Marcus worked as the head chef. Seven months after opening, the restaurant gained a Michelin star.

The restaurant moved to the Berkeley Hotel in 2003, replacing Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire.

In the same year, Marcus became Chef Patron of the Grill Room at the Savoy, competing against his former boss Anton Endelmann.

Petrus went on to be awarded two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, while the Savoy Grill got its first star in the hotel’s history under Marcus.

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How did Marcus Wareing fall out with Gordon Ramsay?

A bitter dispute erupted when Berkeley Hotel bosses confirmed they were going to launch Marcus’ first solo restaurant – as the chef attempted to come out of Ramsay’s shadow.

At the time, Marcus told Waitrose Food Illustrated: “Half of me thinks he’s (Ramsay) a sad b****** and the other half still adores him.”

He also described Ramsay as a celebrity chef, who wasn’t involved in the industry anymore.

Ramsay won the rights to Petrus’ name and Marcus signed a gagging order over the dispute.

Marcus later said of Ramsay: “If I never speak to that guy again for the rest of my life, it wouldn’t bother me one bit.”

Ramsay responded only to say that he wished Marcus “all the best”.

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley opened in 2008, won two Michelin stars in 2009, and was named Time Out’s restaurant of the year in 2010.

Ramsay’s new Petrus was opened round the corner from the Berkeley Hotel, as did Heston Blumenthal’s new place.

Ramsay joked that the three of them could “all have a fight in the street at four in the morning”.

Marcus now has two other restaurants in his group – The Gilbert Scott, in the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, and Tredwells, in Seven Dialls.

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley re-opened as Marcus, following an extensive refurbishment, in 2014.

Marcus has criticised MasterChef in the past, but ate his words when he joined the judging panel in 2014
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What TV programmes has Marcus Wareing been in?

Marcus appeared in Channel 4 documentary Boiling Point in 1998, during his time as Ramsay’s sous chef.

He was one of 13 chefs chosen to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper in 2003, and represented the north of England in the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2006.

Marcus later returned to Great British Menu as a judge, and criticised rival show MasterChef – claiming it encouraged young chefs to chase TV fame and become lazy in the kitchen.

But he ate his words when he joined MasterChef: The Professionals as a judge, alongside Monica Galetti, in 2014.

Marcus replaced Michel Roux Jr, whose BBC contract was terminated for advertising potatoes.

Marcus also advised Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller on set for hit movie Burnt.

While in September 2016, he released his sixth cookbook – Marcus at Home.

Marcus taught Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller how to cook like proper chefs for the movie Burnt
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Is Marcus Wareing married?

Marcus is married to Jane Wareing, who he met when she was working on reception at Gravetye.

The couple have three children – Jake, Archie and Jessie.

Ramsay was the best man at Marcus’ wedding in 2000, and is the godfather of his eldest son Jake.

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Where is Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico filmed? Filming locations revealed of trip from San Francisco to Oaxaca

RICK Stein’s Road to Mexico sees the celebrity chef travel across Northern America, picking up cooking inspiration from traditional recipes. But where are the stunning filming locations for his latest cooking show? Here’s what you need to know… When is Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico on TV? Rick Stein‘s new show airs on BBC2 on Tuesdays […]

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RICK Stein’s Road to Mexico sees the celebrity chef travel across Northern America, picking up cooking inspiration from traditional recipes.

But where are the stunning filming locations for his latest cooking show? Here’s what you need to know…

Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico is on TV throughout November and December
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When is Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico on TV?

Rick Stein‘s new show airs on BBC2 on Tuesdays at 9pm.

The seven-part series kicked off on November 7.

Where is Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico filmed?

In Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico, the celebrity chef travels from Northern California to (you guessed it!) Mexico.

The 70-year-old is retracing his steps from a road trip he embarked on nearly 50 years ago, in 1958.

Rick has written a cookbook with recipes inspired by his road trip, which he first did nearly 50 years ago
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Rick will drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to the Mexican border, and beyond.

San Francisco bay

The first show starts in the bay of San Francisco, California. Here, the chef samples oyster pancakes and sourdough bread.

It’s also the place where a young Rick got his first taste of Mexican food. Enchiladas, guacamole and burritos became real to the chef in this town.

Rick begins his trip in San Francisco bay, California
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Olvera Street

Rick will then travel down the Californian coastline, past citrus groves and vineyards.

This route will take him to Los Angeles – and an iconic area of Downtown LA called Olvera Street.

From there, he travels into LA and to an iconic Hispanic market in Olvera Street
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Here, there’s a famous Mexican marketplace with street vendors, cafes, restaurants and painted market stalls.

This market is at the heart of LA’s Hispanic roots, and many of market traders are descended from those who originally sold there.

Rick then travels into San Diego to try the seafood there
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San Diego

Rick then journeys further south to San Diego, where he meets the oldest sea urchin diver in town.

Oaxaca

Rick finishes his trip in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most captivating cities
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Rick finishes his trip in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most captivating cities.

The area is known for its indigenous traditions, top-class museums, charming inns and fascinating markets.

While the city has its very own version of Mexican cuisine.

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