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Great British Bake Off: Final Review - The irresistible confection comes to an end as the judges’ favourite from day one triumphs at the final hurdle.

Posted 31/10/2018 in Current

Prue managed to get through an entire day without revealing the winner of The Great British Bake Off before the show aired, so really, we were all winners says EDP guest reviewer Richard Hughes of the cooking competition’s grand finale.

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Great British Bake Off: Semi-Final - Who got the hump in patisserie week? And which three bakers will be in next week’s final?

Posted 25/10/2018 in Current

"Why are people laughing about hump?” Rahul was puzzled, Ruby came out fighting, Briony mistook salt for sugar and Kim-Joy piped more rabbits on cakes. But who made it through to finals week? Guest reviewer Richard Hughes has all the answers.

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Great British Bake Off: Week 8 - Tears in the tent during Danish week and one baker makes a shock Brexit

Posted 18/10/2018 in Current

The bakers didn’t give a fygge about hygge this week as they struggled through Danish Week. Tears for sneers in the tent and a controversial exit, says guest reviewer Richard Hughes.

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Great British Bake Off: Week 7 - We’ll meat again - Vegan Week in the tent and Jon didn’t carrot all for it.

Posted 11/10/2018 in Current

"It’s Vegan Week, there’s no dairy or meat, why don’t you chop up a leek, because it’s Vegan Week.” It was baking hummus-cide in the tent for one of the last men standing, says guest reviewer, chef Richard Hughes.

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Great British Bake Off: Week 6 - The pie was the limit and one baker saw their flaky-breaky tart broken.

Posted 10/10/2018 in Current

It’s pastry week and the judges rolled out some new challenges for the bakers which included a Tudor-style banquet pie. Ironically Manon struggled on the French technical challenge, Jon revealed pastry has ‘cannibalistic tendencies’ and there was plenty of red-hot steamhole action.

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Great British Bake Off: Week 5 - Biscuit chandeliers, a spicy technical challenge and Paul gingerly judging alone.

Posted 27/09/2018 in Current

It’s week five and spice week - as Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Saffron (posh Spice) said, time for two to become one. And that was just the judges. In the case of the contestants, nine became seven. Confused? Not half as much as the contestants during this week’s technical challenge were.

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Great British Bake Off: Week 4 - It was just desserts in this week’s GBBO but who had the sweetest ending?

Posted 27/09/2018 in Current

Lucky escapes, a four-horse race, complicated little tarts, a cake in a tutu and a chocolate planet stuffed with choux space turtles: dessert week on the Great British Bake Off was sweet to watch, says guest reviewer chef Richard Hughes.

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Great British Bake Off: Episode 3 - Who Didn’t Rise to the Challenge and Prove Themselves in Bread Week?

Posted 13/09/2018 in Current

By week three on the Great British Bake Off, we are starting to sort the wheat from the chaff, quite literally, as this was bread week.

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Great British Bake Off: Episode 2 - The First Hollywood Handshake and Tiers before Bedtime

Posted 06/09/2018 in Current

Ding Ding! It’s Round Two of The Great British Bake Off and our high hopes that the bun fight will hot-up with the addition of tears, hugs and handshakes are realised, despite it being Mundane Cake Week.

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Norfolk Home Chef of the Year

Posted 31/08/2018 in Current

Meet the seven finalists battling for the title of Norfolk Home Chef of the Year.

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Great British Bake Off: Episode 1 - France 1: Britain 0

Posted 31/08/2018 in Current

Guest reviewing for the EDP throughout The Great British Bake Off, Richard enjoys a surreal week in which contestants made Mount Fuji, Bristol, the London Marathon, Kilimanjaro and Las Vegas out of ... biscuit.

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Kitchens are very strange places to work

Posted 02/05/2018 in Current

The workload is relentless, the pressure intense, your work colleagues and customers can be unforgiving, the rewards are reaped only after years of ‘paying your dues’ and a thank you from the chef is often way down the list of two-word send-offs. Yet, in many ways, kitchens are remarkably enlightened environments. 

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2018 is the year the vegan diet has finally moved mainstream.

Posted 10/04/2018 in Current

I've always loved a challenge, and so have always been a chef who embraces a customer who chooses a vegetarian diet. 

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Bidding a Fond Farewell to Great Yarmouth's Seafood Restaurant

Posted 09/03/2018 in Current

The news of another Norfolk restaurant closure has touched a nerve, albeit for a different reason to the slew of economically-enforced shutdowns we’ve seen in recent weeks.  

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Paul Bocuse was a True Icon and the Greatest Culinary Legend of the Past Century

Posted 15/02/2018 in Current

I was surprised, disappointed and somewhat saddened by the lack of reaction to the death of French chef Paul Bocuse. In an age when celebrity mourning is ‘the thing’, his passing last month seemed to fly under the radar, but for chefs of a certain age, his death was akin to the loss of a king.