Following Masterchef, it is about time I got in touch with you all!
Welcome to my blog, which will keep you up to date with all the great things I am doing with MasterChef live, Sara@StJohns Dining Club, cookery schools and much more. I will be sharing recipes and tips to be a great success in the kitchen… because to cook great food you needn’t necessarily be in a professional kitchen!
The show really has changed my life and wasn’t just a telly programme!
I have been through a few tumultuous months in which I quit my job, had a state of the art kitchen built, lost my beloved father in law, fixed my shoulder with surgery and set up a new business with my partner in crime and husband David.
Hence Sara@StJohns: a dream come true.
The idea was to have a fine dining establishment at home, share my passion for cooking fine food, meet the many fans who had followed me on MasterChef, meet new people (both fans and foodies alike) and, two months on, more than 200 people have now eaten at the Dining Club. Hence the silence on the Blog front!
The venture has proven to be extremely successful with return customers, empty plates, no disasters in the kitchen, appreciative cards and flowers, invitations to clients’ houses (so I don’t have to cook), customers exchanging emails, wine being shared, converting olive and aubergine haters and, thanks to a fixed menu, getting people to try new things.
Fine food and conviviality, the Dining Club’s ethos, have worked and is more successful than we ever imagined! So much so, bookings are being taken from January 2012 onwards.
Upcoming events include the York Food Festival where I shall be, for once, a judge at the Wannabe a Masterchef competition and have the honour of cooking for the Lord Mayor at York’s Mansion House and, with autumn upon us and needing a break from my kitchen, I shall be foraging in the hills of the Cinque Terre and come back to you with recipes and tips on my beloved porcini!