A Supper with Celebrity Cook Sophie Grigson

A favourite of ours at Kitchen School are our Supper Clubs.  They bring together fantastic local chefs and cooks with the best seasonal ingredients, add the lovely Birmingham diners looking for a good meal out and we don’t think you could get much better.

That was until we persuaded one of Britain’s most loved cooks, author of over 20 cook books, Sophie Grigson up to Birmingham!

Sophie joined us as our guest chef for our Seasonal November Supper Club and along with fellow cook Amelia Earl, chose a menu of The Autumnal Abundance of Fruit.  Sophie likes to surprise and delight with her recipes, offering the diner something unique, but always delicious.  This time around, they wanted to intrigue us, bringing fruits into the savoury dishes and vegetables into the sweet ones.  Expect the unexpected!

Sophie started the evening with a hands on make your own canapé, using baked ricotta and roasted grapes, a great way of getting everybody to relax and into the swing of the evening.  Our diners were then invited to our sumptuous dining room where the starter of Double Duck was served.  Amelia had semi cured the duck breasts in a wonderful scented array of spices, accompanied with Sophie’s duck rillettes and satsuma salad, dinner was off to a good start.  The main course was Pork shoulder from our local butchers, Roger Brown in Harborne.  Sophie cooked it with a mixture of quinces, onions, herbs, chilli and a secret sauce!  A pudding that I can safely say no one had tried before, a Sweetcorn Brûlée was the end to the meal.  The supper club definitely lived up to it’s Autumnal Abundance of Fruit theme.

It’s fair to say that the supper club was a roaring success.  Our Birmingham diners were delighted to be able to sit with Sophie for some of the courses, asking about her Cookery School, Sophie’s Cookery School (Oxford) and a persistent pleasant demand for her next cookbook!

I’m not sure if there was a stand out dish of the night, I’m still dreaming of duck flat breads and Sophie’s salted caramel popcorn with Szechuan pepper, we’re glad of left overs with recipes like these being created in our kitchen.  If you missed out, Sophie and Amelia will be joining us again in Birmingham for a Supper Club in the Summer of 2016, make sure to book your place early as if this time round was anything to go by, it’s going to be mouthwatering.