Thursday, 5 January 2017

Gerry's Kitchen - The Best of 2016

I can't believe that I have been writing Gerry's Kitchen for five years now! As a hobby blog, it is a very demanding mistress but I wouldn't change it for the world - I have been lucky enough to eat, drink and stay at some very nice places across the country - sometimes at my own expense and other times when PR agencies have been kind enough to send me along to check out or review their clients premises.
Despite eating out more than ever before, I still managed to cook more at home than previous years, plus I also worked hard to speak more of the fantastic people who work in the food and drink industry.
Here is a round up of some of my favourite recipes, reviews and 5 Questions posts of 2016.
January 2016
We started the year with an overnight stay at Hotel Indigo Glasgow with dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.
I caught up with Damian Bush of luxury popcorn maker, Poporopo, as the business celebrated its 1st birthday and sled him 5 Questions.

February 2016

Following their success in BBC's Dragons Den, Bad Brownie found time to answer 5 Questions.
We had the chance to get behind the scenes at The Honours Glasgow at Malmaison and even met Michelin starred chef Martin Wishart before he cooked us lunch.
March 2016
As professionals Masterchef champion Jamie Scott prepared to open his first restaurant, The Newport, he squeezed in time to answer 5 Questions.


April 2016

This sticky pork belly recipe has become a weekend regular at Gerry's Kitchen.

The first Glasgow Restaurant Festival took place in April and I caught up with Chef Tony Singh.

We ate a lot of great meals in April, staring with a fantastic lunch at Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery.
Our trip to London in April seen us have lunch at Galvin at Windows. I managed to get head chef Joo Won to answer 5 Questions.
Mumbai Mansion in Edinburgh served up the best Indian food that we have ever eaten.
May 2016
I bought a slow cooker and the first thing I cooked was their beef cheek recipe from Masterchef finalist, Stuart Archer.
After a visit to Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Neston, we enjoyed a cracking Sunday Roast dinner at The Richmond in Liverpool.

June 2016

CIS Excellence Awards Young Chef of the Year, Adam Newth has had a busy year but he found time to answer 5 Questions.
After a ton of gin at the The Scottish Juniper Festival, we ended our day in Edinburgh with a fantastic dinner at Wedgwood The Restaurant.
He has been all over the TV with Channel 4 show, First Dates, but Galvin at Windows general manager still found time to answer 5 Questions for Gerry's Kitchen.

July 2016

Fresh from being crowned Masterchef champion, Jane Devonshire was quick to tell her story by answering her own 5 Questions.

We ended a very wet July with an brilliant overnight stay with dinner at The Taynuilt Hotel and Restaurant.

August 2017

I started my birthday month with some recipe development working with Darnley's View.
She might have been halfway through a busy summer season in Marbella but Linekers Group Director, Lina Hodgkins, still found time to answer 5 Questions.
We ate out a lot in August, starting with a very nice dinner at The Trading House in Glasgow.
Prior to us visiting his restaurant for my birthday lunch, Chef Graham Campbell answered 5 Questions.
My birthday lunch was a brilliant tasting menu at Castlehill Restaurant in Dundee. One of the best meals of the year.
Birthday dinner was another tasting menu, this time at Adam Newth's restaurant in Broughty Ferry, The Tayberry.

September 2017

My brother-in-law is related to one of Scotland's newest gin producers just had to ask Esker Gin to answer 5 Questions.
Did we have the best fish and chips when we went to Northern Ireland? Very probably! Well done Harry's Shack in Portstewart.

October 2017

While on holiday in Lanzarote, I visited brand new micro-brewery Cerveza NAO and fell in love with their take on craft beer.
In return for asking Esker Gin to answer 5 Questions, they sent me some of their fine Gin to review.
The busiest woman in hospitality and The Catey's Manager of the Year, Chantelle Nicholson, found time to answer 5 Questions.
With winter coming, I prepared this spiced squash soup in an attempt at keeping the chills at bay.
November 2017
I was sent a copy of Marcus Wareing's latest cookbook, Marcus At Home, and quickly set about preparing a fantastic lamb dish for dinner.
I started drinking whisky. Actually, I started drinking fine whisky and realised that I only like whisky that I can't afford. I did have a great night at Hutchesons when I attended An Evening with George Grant of Glenfarclas.
Does beer go with smoked salmon? Loch Fyne Oysters and Fyne Ales worked together to launch This Gose.

December 2017

More smoked salmon, this time with some more recipe development with Inverawe Scottish Oak Smokehouse.
One of the last meals of 2016 was definitely worth the wait when we were invited along to La Petite Mort in Edinburgh.
So there you have it, some of the highlights of what was a very busy year.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make 2016 a very enjoyable year for myself and Nicola, and also thank all of my readers for taking time to read Gerry's Kitchen over the past year.
I wish you all the best for the coming year and I look forward to sharing more recipes, reviews and 5 Questions in 2017.



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