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Friends of H.O.P.E

April 2014

Antony spoke at a fund-raising supper in Winchester on Tuesday 8th April in aid of The Friends of H.O.P.E, an amazing small charity that has been helping the rural poor and tribal communities in the Nilgiri Hills of India for the last 15 years. It was a great evening and over £2,000 was raised including an auction of a meal at The Greyhound, donated by Antony. AWT has strong associations with India on his grandmother’s side and also worked for the Taj group in Mumbai.

Friends of H.O.P.E promotes sustainable livelihoods by encouraging and teaching organic bio-dynamic farming, by training key village women to provide basic primary health care in remote villages where there is no healthcare cover, and through education. Friends of H.O.P.E believes that by restoring the goodness to the soil, bio-dynamics offers a solution to the world’s food problem as yield can be significantly enhanced, with corresponding increases in the nutritional content. Friends of H.O.P.E is also funding a monitoring programme which promotes Siddha medicines and natural nutritional supplements in the fight to improve the quality of life for HIV/Aids sufferers.

 

Shah from Bangkok Brasserie serving, David Pople organiser, AWT, Pat Pople, guest, Darren Prangnell

 

AWT with David Pople  and a bottle of wine from  wine importer who donated 12 bottles for the evening… the bottle was a Thai Shiraz.. the importer traces his family business back to 1840

 

Mayor of Winchester,  Cllr Ernie Jeffs and his wife Barbara and AWT

 

Kollimalai nursery today. This is where most of a farmer and grower training takes places and where the charity make their BD compounds

 

Thenalai eco-club  Harvest of Organic Cauliflower. The average weight of this harvest was 3.5kgs. The biggest weighed a massive 5.7kgs!

 

Typical home in a remote  Droog village.

 

 

 

FreeFrom Foods

March 2014

 

Check out the winners of this years FreeFrom Foods awards.

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An Evening with Antony Worrall Thompson.

February 2014

Wednesday 5th February The Wood Norton, Evesham 7.30pm £45 for four course dinner inc. wines.


Wood Norton
Copyright 2014 David Riera Picpr

From Menage a Trois in Knightsbirdge, to his current stable of restaurants in Kew, Windsor and Henley-on-Thames, Antony Worrall Thompson has spent over 35 years working with food. With appearances on ITV’s This Morning, BBC 1’s Question Time and Grumpy Old Men to name but a few, Antony was one of the nations favourites on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. An award-winning Chef, a fierce campaigner for serious food issues such as diabetes, obesity, nutrition and eating habits of children and a great personality and raconteur. Join Antony for a champagne reception, and four course dinner cooked with the team at The Wood Norton and matched with carefully selcted wines. An Evening with Antony promises to be informative but fun and hugely entertaining.

Antony cooking at the Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 1th November.

November 2013

Antony cooking at the Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 1th November.  It's 10th year and helped raise £10K to Children with Cancer.  A good time was had by all.

Antony and Chef Daniel Galmiche
Antony and Chef Daniel Galmiche

Antony, Hilary Scott, Deputy Editor Reading Post, Chgef Daniel Galmiche with Chris Tarrant in the foreground
Antony, Hilary Scott, Deputy Editor Reading Post, Chgef Daniel Galmiche with Chris Tarrant in the foreground

'Elvis' IS in the building with Matt Allwright
'Elvis' IS in the building with Matt Allwright

FreeFrom Eating Out Award

October 2013

 

Antony Worrall Thompson launches the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards
at the FDIN FreeFrom Summit in September 2013.

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Great British Bake Off

September 2013

The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens with my old mate Mary Berry and of course not forgetting Paul Hollywood and Mel and Sue who all work brilliantly on screen.  So if you fancy doing some baking then have a go at some of these.  Malted tea bread recipe is low in fat for those of us that are watching their waistline after the holidays.  The other two – well a little more indulgent but always welcome in my kitchen (and indeed yours I hope)   A little tip – remember your brownies need to be squidgy so don’t over bake them!   Who’s your money on out of the contestants?

To celebrate this new series here are some recipe ideas.

Malted tea bread with blackberry and apple spread

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Porthleven Food and Music Festival

20th April 2013

Antony Worrall-Thompson, Jay, Jane and Jude from Kota restauranAWT, Jay, Jane and Jude from Kota restaurant, click for more images

Free From Foods 2013

April 2013

Antony Worrall Thompson - Free From Foods 2013
Antony presenting the awards at Free Frrom Foods 2013 click for more images

Cooking and Safety

February 2013

ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON SUPPORTS COOKING SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Berkshire business owner and celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson is supporting Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s February safety campaign by encouraging people to ‘keep looking when cooking’.

February offers plenty of opportunities for foodies to show off their culinary skills, from flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (12 February), to whipping up a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day (14 February), or enjoying some home-made chips during National Chip Week (18-24 February).

But with most accidental fires in the home starting in the kitchen, it is essential to take extra care and not allow yourself to get sidetracked when cooking.  Of the 388 accidental house fires in Berkshire during 2011-12, 221 (57%) started in the kitchen and of those 92 (42%) were caused by people getting distracted or falling asleep.

To stop your culinary creations turning into a cooking catastrophe, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Antony Worrall Thompson are offering the following advice:

·         Never leave cooking unattended, even for a minute.

·         Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking medication.

·         Keep the oven and grill clean – a build up of fat can easily catch fire.

·         Don’t fill a chip or hot oil pan more than one third full of oil

·         If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot – turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

·         Never throw water on a chip or hot oil pan.

·         If fire breaks out, don’t tackle it yourself: get out, stay out and call 999.

Antony Worrall Thompson, owner of Berkshire restaurant Windsor Grill, said: “As a chef, I know all too well how important it is to ‘keep looking when cooking’.  But whether you’re a practised cook or a keen novice, a moment’s inattention can mean the difference between a delicious dinner and disaster.  Don’t take the risk – if you need to leave the kitchen, even just briefly to answer the door or the phone, always take pans off the heat and turn off the oven first.”

Paul Jacques, Group Manager for Prevention at RBFRS, said: “We are delighted that Antony is supporting our campaign by helping us to spread the cooking safety message.  Kitchen fires can cause terrible damage and even lead to loss of life but you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following our simple safety tips. 

It is also vital to make sure you have working smoke alarms. Fitting smoke alarms to every level of your home and testing the batteries every week could save your life in the event of a fire.”

The Hospitality Show

January 2013

Antony being doing a talk and being interviewed at The Hospitality Show in NEC Monday 21 January 2013.

Antony Worrall Thompson - Hospitality Show 2013

Antony Worrall Thompson - Hospitality Show 2013

Antony Worrall Thompson - Hospitality Show 2013

Free From Foods Awards 2013

December 2012

OK all of you FreeFrom manufacturers out there! You only have a few days left to enter this year's FreeFrom Food Awards.... 12 December

The benefits? Well, the honour, glory and very definite marketing advantage of being able to use one of those bright yellow logos on your products and your sites – and don't forget that you don't have to win to get a logo, FreeFrom Food Awards give them to shortlisted products as well.

And don't forget also that many the judges are keen and enthusiastic bloggers and food writers so even if your product does not win, if a 'blogger' judge likes it you may still get some coverage.

And..... of course, every entrant gets a free invitation to the fab presentation party - the best freefrom networking event of the year! Your opportunity, if you are small, to meet the supermarket buyers and distributors....and I shall be there presenting the awards. So what are you waiting for?

Last year there was a mad scramble on the last three days before the awards closed so please..... those of you who have just not quite get round to it yet, fill in those forms or – if they have gone missing, email cressida@foodsmatter.com for a new set which will arrive by return!

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The British Hen Welfare Trust

December 2012

The British Hen Welfare Trust, of which I am patron of, has been chosen by Animal Friends Insurance to benefit from their Facebook charity of the month promotion during December. Each month they pick four different charities and the charity with the most votes will receive £5000, second place receives £2000 and third and fourth places both receive £1500.

So if you have Facebook account please do vote. Click on the link to vote, (you will need to 'like' Animal Friends page first - they donate £1 for each like to animal welfare charities).

Please click on this link to the Animal Friends Facebook page to find out more or go to: www.facebook.com/FeelGoodPark

If BHWT win the £5000 it will make a real difference to them in their wonderful efforts to spread the free-range message! Thank you. AWT

Cook It 2013

December 2012

Christmas is coming – lots of visitors on whom to try out new recipe ideas planned for the Cook It 2013 competition.

For full details and to enter the competition, download an entry form from www.gfw.co.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday 19 April 2013.

Pride of Reading Awards 2012

November 2012

 

Antony Worrall Thompson Pride of Reading

Shame I wasn't able to attend Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 23 November - hear it was a great event. Congrats to all involved.

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/special_features/pride_of_reading/

Young Cook of The Year 2013

October 2012

YOUNG COOK OF THE YEAR 2013

Cook It!, the Guild of Food Writers’ annual cooking competition for children,
is 10 years old in 2013. To celebrate, aspiring young cooks are being offered
the chance to win a fantastic family break, courtesy of the sponsor Gold Top.

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Firework Night

November 2012

Fireworks 2012

Antony Worrall Thompson - Firework Night

I love bonfire night (5TH November 2012) and more often than not we have a bonfire night party, invite all the neighbours and friends around, each donating a firework. We usually feed quite a crowd so here are some recipes which will help your party go with a bang and sizzle!

And those nice people at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have also given me some great tips to share on how to make your bonfire safe – so check out what they have to say:

Recipes ideas.          Safer Firework night.

Image courtesy of 'Fire Kills'

Thermapen

November 2012

Special offer to you!

A favourite kitchen gadget of mine (and many other celebrity chefs & professional cooks) is the superfast Thermapen which is now available to home chefs and BBQ fans.

The food thermometer has an easy to read digital display that gives an accurate temperature reading in under four seconds.

Available in a range of 13 colours; whether you are a serious technical baker or just want to enjoy meat that is both succulent and cooked safely, it’s one for your kitchen.

For recipes that involve sugar, such as jam, or chocolate it’s easy to read display gives a quick and accurate food temperature in less than four seconds. It’s water resistant casing contains ‘Biomaster’ to reduce bacterial growth and is practical and washable.

The Thermapen costs £57.60 and is available from www.thermapen.co.uk

Buy online at www.thermapen.co.uk

Simply quote: AWT20 in the voucher box at the checkout, then click ‘add’ to receive your 20% discount.

Discount applies to internet orders only made via Thermapen.co.uk before 31.12.12 offer now extended to 31 January 2013.

Woodhouse Community Farm

November 2012

Anne Marie and Rhiannon Stone tell Antony Worrall Thompson all about Woodhouse Community Farm 1st September 2012

Anne Marie and Rhiannon Stone tell Antony Worrall Thompson all about Woodhouse Community Farm 1st September 2012 Click for pictures.

BRITISH STREET FOOD AWARDS 2012

September 2012

 


BRITISH STREET FOOD AWARDS 2012
will be held at Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, London, N1 7LP from 15-16 September 2012
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ANTONY IS DELIGHTED TO BE A JUDGE AT THESE
AWARDS AGAIN

Love British Food Fortnight

September 2012

Love British Food Fortnight 27 July to 12 August 2012!
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Ultimate Safaris & Adventure Holidays

September 2012

Gane and Marshall
Ultimate Safaris & Adventure Holidays

"Gane and Marshall hosted my fantastic trip to Africa to cook for the 'Hottest Classroom' special schools expedition group. From the pre-travel information and arrangements, through to all the prep and planning in our remote bush camp, to the flight home - all was very professional and well organised. Jeremy Gane showed exceptional flair as project manager of this large, complex, and totally successful event. Thank you Jeremy - it was much appreciated "

Antony at Porthleven Food and Music Festival

April 2012

 Antony at Porthleven Food and Music Festival

Antony Worrall Thompson at Porthleven Food and Music Festival
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Antony talking about his new book

Antony Worrall Thompson on Loose Women 5th Apr 2011 talking about his new cookbook - The Essential Low Fat Cookbook available May 2011

 

Antony at the Street Food Awards

 Click to see video of Antony at the Street Food Awards.

Windsor Farmers’ Market

IN THE PINK!

Windsor Farmers’ Market welcomes UK East Berkshire Diabetes Voluntary Group at its permanent location on St Leonard’s Road, Windsor.

Come and join us Saturday 5 November 2011 at the Windsor Farmers‘ Market to see the stalls decked out in pink and take part in a free prize draw in support of diabetes.

To mark World Diabetes Day (14 November) the Diabetes UK East Berkshire Voluntary Group has teamed up with Windsor Farmers’ Market. Stallholders will turn the market pink – the colour of Diabetes UK – and, with every purchase, customers will receive a free raffle ticket and the chance to win an instant prize, tickets are strictly limited.

Local restaurateur and celebrated TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson who is a passionate advocate of local food for local people says “As a patron of TVFM, I am delighted Diabetes UK is visiting the Windsor Farmers Market. Come and support them next month - both are very worthwhile and value your support"

Chair of the Diabetes UK East Berkshire Voluntary Group, Emma Kenny, said, “Local companies and individuals have been exceedingly kind in donating some first-rate prizes, including champagne, and donated products from the market. We are immensely appreciative of their support.”

Susan Gowland, a local Windsor resident who manages the market on behalf of Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative says: “Many, many people are affected by diabetes and anything we can do to raise awareness is invaluable. So come and join us for the day, not only can you buy wonderful genuine local produce with a proven provenance, you get a chance to win an instant prize and you really can make a difference in the lives of people coping with diabetes”.

“We are as always very grateful to the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership for their continuing support for the market, our local producers and the local economy. St Leonard’s Road is a great site and we’re firmly established here as part of the Windsor community with other local businesses”

Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative (TVFMC) supports local farmers, small producers and market organisers in the three counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. TVFMC is a not-for-profit organisation and is affiliated to FARMA, which accredits Farmers’ Markets to ensure quality standards are maintained. The Thames Valley has an abundance of natural resources available for farmers and producers. Award winning meats, cheeses and preserves can be bought at markets. The first farmers' market started in 1999. With the opening of market Little Chalfont in September 2009 there are now 18 held in 16 towns across the Thames Valley. www.tvfm.org.uk.

Diabetes UK

Around three hundred people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes every day. Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition. The East Berkshire Voluntary Group is a local Diabetes UK support group. The group offers people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. To find out more about Diabetes UK visit http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Please note Antony is not attending this event.

Family Walk at Hughenden

October 2012

Thames Valley Farmers' Market

October 2012

As well as being proud patron of Thames Valley Farmers' Market www.tvfm.org.uk) I know you are keen to know of other markets which are trending everywhere at the moment because of the global move towards healthier eating, living and spending. To celebrate this growing movement, Essential Travel (www.essentialtravel.co.uk) has put together their favourite ten farmer’s markets from both the UK, and around the globe. Here is their list: more...

Bereaved parents and friends

September 2012

‘We did it!’ Bereaved parents and friends cycle 6000 miles in support of bereaved families more...

We did it!’ Bereaved parents and friends cycle 6000 miles in support of bereaved families more...

A beautiful day greeted the walkers for the Turville 10K walk.  Nearly 3K was raised and will go towards supporting bereaved families in Buckinghamshire.

Look out for their next fundraising  next event on 20th October – the Hughenden Family Walk

Woodhouse Community Farm

September 2012

 

National Jam Week

June 2012

Let's celebrate National Jam Week
18-24 June 2012

Antony Worrall-Thompson - National Jam Week

Jam making runs in our blood;  it’s part of our heritage – you only have to think of the Jam and Jerusalem, synonymous with the thriving WI, the stratospheric success of Mary Berry’s The Great British Bake Off (BBC) and our love of farmers’ markets to see that we’ve never really stopped making jam (or loving it)  As long as you take your time, have all the equipment laid out and ready to hand, it really should be a synch – and now is the time to take advantage of fruit prices.

SOFT-SET RED FRUIT JAM

When setting has been achieved, the jam should wrinkle when pushed with a finger when a small amount is placed on a saucer.

Makes 2 large jars

325g/ 12oz jam sugar
500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, rough chopped
500g/1lb 2oz raspberries
1 knob of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pectin
Juice of 1 lemon

Place the sugar in a saucepan and warm over a medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Add the red fruits and mix, just breaking them up a little. Add a knob of butter and stir until melted.  Cover with the lid and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes until the temperature reaches 100C.

Skim off any impurities then add the pectin, together with the lemon juice. Stir in and cook for a few more minutes.

Pour into warm sterilised jars.

Make sure you sterilise the jam jars. To sterilise your jars wash in warm soapy water rinse well and then place them into a hot oven for half an hour.

APRICOT AND ALMOND JAM

Makes about 1.5kg / 3 lbs

1.25kg/2 ½ lbs apricots

175g/6oz flaked toasted almonds

juice of 1 lemon

1kg/2lb 4oz jam sugar

300ml (half pint) water

Halve the apricots, remove and reserve the stones, if you want apricot purity!   Place apricots in a glass bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice.  Mix well and cover until needed.

Crack open 10 of the apricot stones with a nutcracker and extract the kernels.  Taste one, if is very bitter use only half of them.  Blanch the kernels and flaked almonds in boiling water for one minute, and either split in half or chop finely.

Place sugar and water in a large saucepan.  Bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly for 3-4 minutes.
Add the apricots, return to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.

Return to the boil and boil rapidly, stirring frequently for 20-25 minutes, or until the setting point is reached.  About 5 minutes before the jam is ready, stir in the apricot kernels and flaked almonds.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave the jam to settle for a few minutes.  Skim well.  Pour the jam into warm sterilised jars, then seal.

The key to jam making is not to be scared, if you feel that the jam has still not set, despite it cooling then empty it out into the saucepan again with a juice of a lemon (small) and boil it again. Don’t panic!

Fathers Day

June 2012

Father’s Day is a relatively new occurrence, creating to complement the ever popular Mother’s day.   ‘Created’ in 1910 by a Mrs Sonara Smart Dodd in Spokane, Arkansas who heard a sermon about mother’s day and thought that fathers should also be celebrated.  It was going to be commemorated on her father’s birthday, 5th June but that didn’t give the church enough time to prepare so it was held off to the third Sunday of June each year. So there you have it!

And as I’ve always said to my four children:

  • Always remember that we’re not old farts; we’ve been children ourselves and know exactly what’s going on in your heads, the insecurities, the dramas, the loves, the wars.  Try to talk to us more, make us feel young, involve us in your problems, we love you and want to help, and surprisingly we will understand.
  • Try and understand that when we feed you; we’re not trying to kill you.  Vegetables and fruits are good for you and eventually you will enjoy them. Try and make us eat with you at least once a day.  This way you will learn to trust the food we all eat together.  Sitting together around a table is the perfect place to develop your conversational skills.
  • Don’t lie; you’ll always end up getting caught out.  Lying is an unnecessary skill that requires a brilliant memory to do it properly.  Far easier to tell the truth and if you’re in trouble your punishment will be far less severe if you own up to your mistakes.
  • Smile at your enemies, they hate it.  Always try to talk your way out of a situation that could end up in a fight.  Never throw the first punch.

So to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, why not try my delicious chilli beef recipe?  And for those that don’t fancy cooking, as the old pun goes, you can always make a reservation, awtrestaurants.com

Happy Father’s Day, everyone.

CHILLI BEEF

Serves 4

60ml/2fl oz ketjap manis
1 tbsp sambal oelek or 1 hot red chilli, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
½ tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
400g/14oz beef fillet or sirloin very thinly sliced vegetable oil
3 tbsp finely chopped coriander
2 tbsp roughly chopped roasted peanuts
4 spring onions, finely sliced

Combine the ketjap manis, sambal oelek or chilli, garlic, chilli powder, sugar, sesame oil and 2 tbsp water in a bowl. Add the beef and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an 1 hour, ideally overnight.

Heat a wok over a high heat, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and swirl around to coat the wok. Add the beef and its marinade in 2–3 batches and stir-fry aggressively for 1-2 minutes. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and set aside to keep warm while you cook the remaining beef.

Sprinkle the chilli beef with the coriander, peanuts and spring onions. Serve immediately in warmed bowls

With the exception of marinating, this is a quick and easy recipe to prepare

Photo reproduced by kind permission of Mitchell Beazley from Antony Makes it Easy, photographer, Elizabeth Zeschin ©

Finally putting my life back together...

June 2012

ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON: I'M FINALLY PUTTING MY LIFE BACK TOGETHER more...

Child Bereavement Charity Backs New Intiative to children...

May 2012

CHILD BEREAVEMENT CHARITY BACKS NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP CHILDREN BEREAVED BY SUICIDE

It’s a startling statistic that every year in the UK, around 6000 families are bereaved by suicide. And research shows that families who experience the death of a loved one by suicide are themselves, as a consequence, more vulnerable to an increased risk of suicide and mental health issues.

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Birthday Day

May 2012

I’d like to thank you all those of you have emailed and written in to wish me a happy birthday, yesterday (1st May)

Another year older, hopefully another year wiser!  Thank you.

To celebrate and give a little something back – here’s a really easy birthday cake that I’d like to give you – it looks spectacular, I promise.

Click to see recipes or like on Facebook

St George's Day

April 2012

The Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are deeply patriotic and show off their roots through their clothing or national flag at every possible opportunity and yet we must ask ourselves why this day is the least popular of our national days?   The Welsh have a ball on St David’s Day, the Irish (and most of the world) go wild on Paddy’s day and the Scottish get pretty uplifted, why not the English?  Why aren’t we proud of the flag except when the English football team are playing?

In addition, we tend to be very insecure about English food, but the English have plenty of dishes to be proud of dishes include, fish pie, shepherds pie, lancashire hot pot, steak and kidney pudding.  we all love these dishes   - it’s food that’s built for comfort and not for speed and that’s the key, we all need to indulge a little in foods that make us feel good.  and who doesn’t love an english pudding, crumbles, sponge puddings, bakewell tart, sticky toffee pudding?  we excel at these.

Today is St George’s Day, the feast day of St George, so if you’re English, shout about it, show a little pride and get stuck into that all time great, roast rib of beef with all the trimmings or if not today – make a mental note to experience it at the weekend.

Long live St George! MC900318936[1]

Porthleven Food Festival, April 21st 2012

April 2012

Antony will be doing a cookery demonstration and signing copies of his latest book at the Cornish food festival of which he is the patron. As someone who is passionate about using local produce in his own restaurants, Antony will be appearing in the main marquee, where you can sample the delights of produce local to Porthleven.

For more information about the event, click here

Free From Foods Awards

April 2012

Antony presenting awards at the Free From Food award ceremony at the Museum of London 17th April 2012.

Overall winner was Vegusto Dairy-free Cheese

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Antony Worrall Thompson - with the winners of Free Foods Award 2012

Charity Cook Book

April 2012

 

Antony Worrall Thompson - Cooking With Love

Antony Contributes To Charity Cookbook

Windsor Farmers’ Market

April 2012

WE’RE TICKLED PINK !

Windsor Farmers’ Market Saturday 7th April at its permanent location in St Leonard’s Road, Windsor.

We are delighted this year to be joined by Cancer Research UK and the Race for Life  and Relay for Life Teams who are going to turn our market pink.

Race for Life is the most successful female only fundraising event in the UK, where women come together to walk, jog or run 5km. A fifth of Cancer Research UK’s income is generated through Race for Life, so our ambition this year is to recruit 1 million women and raise £80million for our life saving work. We hope 7,500 ladies will take part in Windsor Race for Life 2011, raising £724,000 for the lifesaving work of our doctors, scientists and nurses.

Relay For Life Ascot is the Cancer Research UK family event where teams of men, women and children from the local community take part in a non-athletic 24 hours overnight Relay. Relay for Life Ascot has raised £370,500 in the past 4 years for Cancer Research UK and is the biggest global charity event for cancer.

Windsor Race for life takes place on June 16th and 17th and Ascot Relay for Life July 14th  and 15th .

Come and join the stall-holders in celebrating this fantastic event, take part in our instant raffle, tickets are being given away FREE with every purchase, with instant prizes, tickets are strictly limited.

Help us judge the best decorated stall competition - the stall-holder will win a free pitch for the day.

Local restaurateur and celebrated TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson who is a passionate advocate of local food for local people says “As a patron of TVFM, I am tickled pink that Race for Life is joining the Windsor Farmers' Market in April. Come and support them next month - both need your support"

Susan Gowland, a local Windsor resident who manages the market on behalf of Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative says: “Most families are touched by cancer at some point in their lives, and the work Cancer Research does is invaluable, so come and join us for the day, not only can you buy wonderful genuine local produce with a proven provenance, you get a chance to win an instant prize and you really can make a difference in the fight against cancer”.

“We are as always very grateful to the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership for their continuing support for the market, our local producers and the local economy. St Leonard’s Road is a great site and we’re firmly

 Follow Thames Valley Farmers' Markets on Twitter

www.twitter.com/tvfmc

Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative (TVFMC) supports local farmers, small producers and market organisers in the three counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. TVFMC is a not-for-profit organisation and is affiliated to FARMA, which accredits Farmers’ Markets to ensure quality standards are maintained. The Thames Valley has an abundance of natural resources available for farmers and producers. Award winning meats, cheeses and preserves can be bought at markets. The first farmers' market started in 1999. With the opening of markets in High Wycombe and Little Chalfont in September 2009 there are now 19 held in 17 towns across the Thames Valley. www.tvfm.org.uk.

Please note Antony is patron of the Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative and is NOT attending this event, but hopes you can pop along and support them.

Latest interview with Antony Worrall Thompson

19th March 2012

Antony's latest interview with The Scrivens Post

"TSP: Do you have a life philosophy that you follow?

AWT: It’s better to have lived two days as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep… what is the point of tip toeing through life hoping to get to death safely?"

Could you be a Big Jubilee Lunch Champion?

3rd June 2012

Antony Worrall Thompson - The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 62 million people in the UK as possible to get together with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun, once a year. In 2012 it is celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will be called The Big Jubilee Lunch and take place on Sunday 3rd June.

A Big Jubilee Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.  

The Big Lunch team are working with the Mayor of London and Street Party Ambassador Barbara Windsor to promote the 2012 campaign.  They’re currently looking for volunteers to help encourage a record number of people to take part in London by promoting the initiative in their borough. Big Jubilee Lunch Champions can get involved by spreading the word, going along to promotional events, distributing materials and providing support to communities organising a Big Jubilee Lunch in their area. It will be a rewarding role, offering a fantastic opportunity to connect with other community spirited people in your area and spread the Eden message. To find out more about becoming a Big Lunch Champion contact: Camilla.baker@thebiglunch.com, call 0207 255 6468 or visit www.thebiglunch.com.

 

January 2012

Breakfast is a meal that many of us forget, skip or simply neglect, but it’s actually one of the most important meals of the day!

 It’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week (22-28 January 2012) this month, an opportunity to celebrate the variety of breakfast ingredients that our farmers produce and the numerous benefits that eating breakfast provides us with.  More information...

 Cookery Competition 2012

January 2012

Going for Gold!

The Guild of Food Writers is delighted to announce its annual cookery competition – CookIt! – and is now looking for aspiring young cooks across the country.

First prize is a fantastic week’s family holiday in Cornwall AND the winning child's school will win £100 worth of book vouchers.

2012 is going to be a fantastic year for sport and the Guild of Food Writers is getting ahead of the game with its annual children’s CookIt! competition, which is sponsored by Gold Top and generously supported by Electrolux.

With the theme ‘Going for Gold’, aspiring young cooks are asked to create a winning two - course meal – main meal and pudding – for a favourite sports person. Entrants, aged from 10 to 14 on Friday 31 August 2012, are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Points will be awarded for technical skill, originality, creativity and presentation.

For more information click here...

Unicef Oman

December 2011

Antony Worrall Thompson at Unicef - Oman December 2011

 

Antony Worrall Thompson at Unicef - Oman December 2011

Antony Worrall Thompson at Unicef - Oman December 2011
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 Food Writers

 2011

The Guild of Food Writers
Competition

Campaigns

WriteIt! 2012

In 2008, the Guild introduced a food writing competition - WriteIt!

Entries from aspiring young food writers are now being invited for WriteIt! the annual competition organised by the Guild of Food

Writers.

Open to students aged 18 and under, the Guild of Food Writers WriteIt! competition invites entrants to write a non-fiction feature of around 750-words on any food-related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired your interest in food; a restaurant review; a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers' market or food shop. Alternatively it could be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates you.

The judges, author and food writer on The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, Bee Wilson, Lucas Hollweg, food writer and author of Good

Things To Eat, and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine, are looking for impressive writing skills as well as a real passion, understanding and knowledge fo the chosen subject.

For details of previous winners please click here.

To find out more about the WriteIt! 2011 Winner please click here.

Malahide Rugby Club

January 2012

Saturday 14th of January 2012 Malahide Rugby Club

£100 per ticket, £1000 for a table of ten

Auction with Denis Drum including the following items:

Signed Munster & Leinster Rugby Jersey, signed Irish Rugby Jersey, Grand Slam Rugby tie donated by Ollie Campbell, Signed Irish Soccer Jersey, Four ball with Philip Walton and Two paintings by Alan Kenny.

Contact 01 8453459 for bookings.

Cheques made payable to Ger Owens

For more details about the team go to www.470ireland.com and follow their progress on Facebook

    
 

Windsor Farmers' Market

November 2011

Windsor Farmers’ Market welcomes Merry Men of Windsor at its permanent location on St Leonard’s Road, Windsor.

Come and join us Saturday 3rd December 2011 at the Windsor Farmers‘ Market to see the stalls decked out in red and take part in a free prize draw in support of Thames Hospice and the Parapet Breast Clinic. See full press release.
Please note Antony is not attending this event.

Pride of Reading recognises town's unsung heroes

24th November 2011

The town's great and good were in the spotlight yesterday for the eighth Pride of Reading awards.

Chris Tarrant, one of the town's most famous sons, hosted the glittering presentation lunch at the Crowne Plaza in Richfield Avenue.

X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson and Danny and Dan, Reading's Got Talent winners, performed for the guests.

Those gathered to applaud the award-winners included Sir John Madejski, chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Daniel Galmiche, and Debbie McGee.

But the real stars of the day were those collecting the awards.

Former Coldstream guardsman Ken Tudgay may be 72, but he was named 2011 Local Hero for the way he tackled a knife-wielding raider in his local bookies.

Our Child of Courage is 10-year-old Matthew Pike, who is fighting leukaemia but has a big enough heart to put that aside and make a video to help other children going into the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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 Pride of Reading Awards 2011

November 2011

Antony Worrall Thompson - The Pride of Reading

 

Chris Tarrant, Reading's X Factor star Danyl Johnson, AWT and Big brother's Nick Bateman

 

Antony is delighted to be of the judges on the Pride of Reading Awards 2011 which takes place Wednesday 23 November.  Reporting of the event will be in the Reading Post and their relevant websites.   Pictures of this year's event will follow. (above pictures of last years event). Click for more information.

BBC Good Food Show Scotland

October 2011

Antony doing his demo in Zero Waste Scotland's  sponsored Winter Kitchen at the show with compare, Lisa Faulkner (winner of 2010's Celebrity Masterchef) - in suport of Love Food Hate Waste of which Antony is a firm supporter of http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

AWT joins Too Good To Waste campaign

October 2011

In an effort to cut food waste, AWT restaurants have signed up to the Sustainable Restaurant Association's Too Good To Waste campaign which encourages diners to ask for a doggy box to take home leftovers.

Research has shown diners are embarrassed to ask to take home uneaten food and the campaign, involving 80 well known restaurants, hopes to address the issue by making the doggy box a common sight in the best restaurants across the UK.

For more information see the press release here, or visit

www.toogood-towaste.co.uk or View Press Release

 

Hettie the Hen

October 2011

Hettie the Hen tells it how it is! When you've heard what she has to say, you will definitely think twice about your choice of eggs... Watch the animation now:

www.rspca.org.uk/freedomfood/newsandevents/hettie

James and Hettie the Hen!

Nine year old James Watson Gandy has realised every child's dream - to star in a cartoon. He won a competition, run by RSPCA Freedom Food and Hamleys.

Children were asked to consider the welfare needs of hens and help design a character, called  Hettie the Hen, to feature in a new animation.

The animation is set in a fictional supermarket, where James' cartoon self is asked by his mum to choose  a box of eggs.  James reaches for a box of eggs from caged hens and Hettie appears - as if by magic - to tell him why he shouldn't buy them. She explains which eggs he should choose instead!

James, who voices his 'self' in the animation, is already familiar with farming, as his granny used to have a farm - and she kept hens.  Perhaps his 'inside' knowledge gave him a head start in winning the competition!

"It's been such fun watching the cartoon take shape and I was really excited to be asked to do the voiceover for my character.  I really hope it will help persuade people to choose eggs that come from hens that have had a happy life" said James.

The animation was launched during British Egg Week and you can see it here!

Country Life’s ‘Buy British’ campaign.

October 2011

Antony is delighted to announce his pledge to support Country Life’s ‘Buy British’ campaign, which is

raising awareness about the importance of buying British food. Pledge your support by visiting

www.enjoycountrylife.co.uk/proud-to-buy-british.php

Trip to Dublin

26th September 2011

Check out the Pot Roast Chicken recipe demonstrated by Antony on Ireland AM Monday 26th September 2011. During his trip to Ireland Antony also visited the Heaton’s , The Park Carrickmines, Dublin

Love British Food

September 2011

Halifax Food and Drink Festival

18th September 2011


AWT joins star studded line up at the Halifax Food and Drink Festival

Organisers of the Halifax Food and Drink Festival, which this year is being held in association with The Halifax have announced that celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson will appear at this year’s event along with Jean-Christophe Novelli who is already confirmed. The festival which is delivered by Marketing Halifax will take place from Friday 16th September to Sunday 18th September at The Piece Hall, just one of the town’s many striking heritage attractions.

 

Antony’s cooking career has spanned more than 30 years during which time he has established himself not only as one of the UK’s most popular chef’s but also a prolific restaurateur, TV entertainer, author, journalist, farmer and campaigner.

Always at the forefront of new developments in food, Antony is increasingly involved in food and health issues, frequently speaking at NHS events on diabetes, heart disease and the benefits of a GI Diet and campaigning for the organic food movement and farmers’ markets.

 Antony is a regular judge for the Academie Culinaire’s Annual Awards of Excellence and until recently he was Chairman of the Restaurateurs’ Association of Great Britain. He has won industry accolades in abundance and has been awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (MOGB) – the chef’s Oscar – and is one of only seven chefs to have merited the lifelong title so far

Regularly requested to present popular television cooking programmes, Antony has appeared on a whole catalogue of primetime television shows to share his culinary expertise and love of food with the masses.

Michay Matthews, Marketing, Events and Membership Manager at Marketing Halifax said: “Antony Worrall Thompson has made a significant contribution to the culinary world and we’re therefore very excited to welcome a chef of his distinction to our town. He champions excellence across the industry as well as the use of locally sourced and organic food, and with such a plethora of exceptional local producers and high quality restaurants in Calderdale, it’s a great pleasure to be working with someone that shares the local values.”

Antony Worrall Thompson said: “It’s great to have been asked to come to the Halifax Food and Drink Festival. The Yorkshire region generates a fantastic array of first-class food and I cannot wait to show festival visitors how to utilise the wonderful local produce available on their doorstep to create some delicious regional dishes.”

Visitors to the event can expect a feast of all things foodie – as the region’s best restaurants, eateries and producers join together to provide a fun-filled weekend which will include a local producers market, live cookery demonstrations, a premium food and drinks marquee, children’s cookery workshops, food tastings, expert master-classes and evening entertainment.

For more information on the full programme of events including ticket information, join www.facebook.com/halifaxfoodfest or visit www.halifaxfoodanddrink.co.uk due to go live later this month.

British Street Awards

11th September 2011

 

Antony is looking forward to helping judge the British Street Awards in September - He'll be there on Sunday 11th at 'Jimmys' in Suffolk; fabulous part of the country. Some great eateries, great skies and ….great people!  He enjoyed his time last year at the awards and looking at the line up for this year, he can’t wait and a great new venue.  See you there! His mate, Richard Johnson is organising it and always good to see him. Will be nice to catch up with fellow judge Fay Ripley who was a guest on Daily Cooks a few years back - knows her food :)

Long Live British Runner Beans says AWT

1st August 2011

Bring back the British runner bean!

UK growers unite to prevent runners becoming ‘has-beens’

The humble British runner bean has fallen on hard times in recent years. Not only is the number of households buying British runner beans declining, but the Great British public has appeared to turn its back on this once most quintessential of British summertime favourite vegetables.

Last year, just 12% of households bought British runner beans during their July-September season run, down almost a quarter (23%) in just five years and if that wasn’t bad enough, the latest consumer research* reveals that almost a third of consumers in the UK (31%) have absolutely no idea when British runner beans are in season.

Runner bean awareness is even worse within the younger generation with a whopping 44% of 18-24 year olds unable to accurately determine when the British runner bean season actually is. And some 32% of young adults claim they never eat British runner beans during the three-month season. In sharp contrast, the same number (32%) admits that they eat American-inspired tinned baked beans up to twice a week!

The research also reveals there is a very distinctive age divide when it comes to the love and appreciation of British runner beans. It is most definitely the older generation which supports the runner bean industry, with almost three quarters (74%) of consumers aged 55+ correctly identifying when the runner bean season is. And some 50% of older Brits claim to eat runner beans 1-2 times a week between July-September each year.

Daniel Grover of Wealmoor, one of the UK’s leading providers of British runner beans, said: “Consumers seem to have fallen out of love with runner beans in recent years and sales have been declining steadily. It is worrying for growers that it is the older generation which appears to be the biggest supporters of runner beans while young adults appear to have a preference for other bean varieties. UK grown Runner Beans have a great heritage and are available from July through to October. Maintaining and growing demand is very important”.

British runner bean growers have joined forces to try and stem the tide of declining sales and are spearheading a Great British Runner Bean revival campaign to get runner beans back on the menu and to encourage the younger generation to back the once popular bean. Support of the runner bean has begun among the blogging community with 15 of the UK’s top food bloggers taking part in an underground project to blog and tweet about the process of growing, harvesting and enjoying these forgotten beans.

In order to target tomorrow’s consumers, key stage 1 school children are also being encouraged to fall in love with the humble British runner bean with a specially designed summer holiday activity pack with games, fun activities and lessons in cookery and gardening to teach them and keep them entertained over the holiday (www. http://www.tastesofsummer.co.uk/kids.html)

Daniel Grover continued: “The last thing we want is for our beloved runners to become ‘has-beens’. They should be the jewel in the crown of the British summer seasonal menu – fresh, tender, succulent and bursting with flavour, they are wonderfully versatile adding colour and sensational taste to any number of dishes, not to mention the fact they’re a great source of vitamin C, folic acid and fibre.   

“If we’re to halt the decline of the British runner bean we need to capture the imagination of the next generation of consumers encouraging children and young adults to give runner beans a try, have a go at growing their own and support British locally-grown runner beans.”

Don't Let Your Dog Cook

1st August 2011

Every year dogs in cars are cooked – literally, from the inside. ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’ is an awareness campaign in the UK set up to help spread information about the dangers of leaving dogs in cars in warm temperatures. The campaign was developed by Beverley Cuddy, who has been the Editor of Dogs Today magazine since 1990.

Following the tragic deaths of two police dogs in July, that were left in a car by a police officer on a warm day, Beverley wanted to spread the message that it is never acceptable to leave a dog in the car for even a short period of time on a warm day. Many people are unaware that dogs are unable to sweat, causing their body temperature to increase to dangerous levels in a very short period of time and for their insides to literally ‘cook’.  The RSPCA previously conducted an experiment where they measured the temperature inside a Volvo Estate on a warm day, with the tailgate up and all of the windows open, and proved that within just a few minutes the temperature in the car reached dangerous levels that would kill a dog.

 The campaign has gained the support of the RSPCA, the Dogs Trust, the Blue Cross and the Kennel Club as well as celebrities including Antony Worrall Thompson, Stephen Fry and Jilly Cooper.

 For further information, and to order your free campaign posters and stickers, visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/dontcookyourdog.  

 What to do if you find a dog in distress in a car...

 The RSPCA advice is:

1)      If you see a dog in a car on a warm day, please call the police on 999
2)      If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999
3)      Meanwhile, if  the car is in a supermarket car park or at a public event, ask for a message to be          broadcast, asking the owner to return to their car immediately.

Under the Animal Welfare Act dog owners have a legal duty to care for their animal and if they put their animal at risk, could face prosecution.

Heatstroke - early warning signs:

·         Heavy panting
·         Profuse salivation
·         A rapid pulse
·         Very red gums/tongue
·         Lethargy
·         Lack of coordination
·         Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
·         Vomiting
·         Diarrhoea
·         Loss of consciousness

Heatstroke - first aid:

If a dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring a vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke should always be treated as an emergency.  Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:

·         Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water if possible
·         Let the dog drink small amounts of cool water
·         Never cool the dog so much that he/she begins to shiver
·         Then go straight to the veterinary surgery

AWT, Boris and Babs whet people's appetite for the Big Lunch 2011

5th June 2011

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Barbara Windsor MBE and Antony got Wandsworth (south west London) residents get in the party mood for this year’s Big Lunch  on a sunny Thursday May 19th. Residents and children got involved in cake decorating, barbequing and  enjoyed  music from recording artist,  Jamie West.

The Big Lunch is an annual one-day get together where communities share lunch and enjoy a street party held on 5th June.

So get involved! visit www.thebiglunch.com

Antony's Birthday

1st May 2011

 

Antony celebrating his birthday with his wife Jay and Chef Chris Millar in Singapore 1 May 2011

Free-From Awards

6th April 2011

AWT Congratulates Doves Farm Fair

Click to visit Free From Foods Website

Doves Farm Self Raising Gluten and Wheat Free Flour Blend was last night's winner of the FAIR Trophy for the best FreeFrom Food 2011. 'A hugely useful store cupboard product and the flour of choice for many of the UK's gluten-free bakers.'

Sponsored by Juvela, the awards took place last night (Wednesday 6th April) at Kew Bridge Steam Museum where nearly 200 freefrom food manufacturers and food and health writers tested out gluten-free beers amongst the museum's massive purring engines while celebrity chef and freefrom-manufacturer, Antony Worrall Thompson presented the awards.

Founder of the Freefrom Food Awards Michelle Berriedale Johnson said, 'Ask any freefrom' cook what is the most useful ingredient in their kitchen and they will say, a reliable gluten-free flour. Ask them which flour they use and the chances are that it will be Doves Farm. So it is fantastic to see one of Doves Farm’s most successful flours get the recognition that they all deserve.’

Antony Worrall Thompson said, “I’m delighted for Doves Farm. Every cook needs to rely upon high quality ingredients to produce great results. Doves Farm seems to have got it right across so much of its range, and I hope that many more people will get creative and swap wheat and gluten free flour into their cooking either through dietary need or as part of following a healthy lifestyle.”

Close contenders for the FAIR Trophy (a fine marble bust by sculptor Tom Alan presented by the Foundation for Allergy Information and Research) included:

Delamere Dairy Goats Butter – ‘This is the nicest goat’s butter I have ever eaten – no goat aroma, nice salty creamy taste, slight hint of goat in the flavour but in a most pleasant way, deliciously balanced.’

Dietary Specials Ciabatta Rolls – ‘Excellent flavour, nicely acidic, smells like bread, lovely and nutty, nicely doughy, good flavour and chewiness.’

Doves Farm Batter Mix and Biscuit Crumb for Cheesecakes – ‘Both excellent products with a wide range of uses within the catering industry. Very much needed.’

Sponsored again this year by Livwell, the Innovation Award for the most innovative  product in 2011 was won by Mamma Cucina Gluten, Wheat, Dairy and Egg-Free Vegetarian Quiche. 'Amazing', said the judges, 'Mamma Cucina have managed to create a perfectly pleasant, enjoyable quiche without using wheat, dairy products or eggs, all normally considered essential ingredients in any quiche. A genuinely innovative product for those with multiple allergies or intolerances.’

Le Sojami Dairy Free Speciality Basil Alternative to Soft Cheese which tasted so good that the judges found it hard to believe that the ‘cheese’ could be soya based.

MooFree Praline Chocolates – a real treat for someone on a dairy-free diet.

Individual category winners included:

Delamere Dairy Goat’s Butter

Nature’s Path Organic Mesa Sunrise

Dietary Specials Ciabatta Rolls

World Gourmet Summit

April 2011

Watch one of Britain’s favourite chefs at stellar, 1-Alttude for world gourmet summit April 26th to April 30th 2011 Singapore‘s highest restaurant

Porthleven Food, Music and Young Person's Festival

April 2011


Antony Worrall Thompson is patron of the highly popular Porthleven Food, Music and Young Person's Festival, and will be doing his own cooking demonstration as well as awarding Fancy Dress prizes and joining in the fun at the first festival of the
Cornish year on April 9th 2011.
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 Red Nose Day

 March 2011

Watch Antony doing his bit for Red Nose Day on BBC1 on Friday March 18th…

The Fair Trade Revolution

March 2011

About the book

‘This book provides an insightful and important analysis of the development of the Fair Trade movement worldwide, built around the experiences and perspectives of several of the key individuals who led the way.’

– Mary Robinson President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, former President of Ireland (1990-97) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).

‘Fair Trade has brought considerable benefits to millions of the poor, but is still in its infancy. This highly readable account will help Fair Trade to grow and for the benefits to spread to millions more.’ John Madeley Co-author 50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade, (Pluto Press, 2007).

The Fair Trade Revolution is edited by John Bowes, with a foreword by Mary Robinson. The contributors include Harriet Lamb CBE, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation; Alex Cole, Corporate Responsibility director for Cadbury during the move to Fairtrade; and Robin Murray, one of the co-founders of Twin, and identified by The Guardian in 2008 as ‘one of the fifty people who could save the planet’. The book provides a lively survey of Fair Trade and the challenges facing it.

Punchy chapters, illustrated with many real-world examples, cover all the important issues including the tensions between large and small operators, the impact of recession, environmental policy and the danger of large operators embracing Fair Trade more in word than in practice.

For more information on the book  click here.

To buy the book at £8.99, a discount of more than 30%, click here.  Postage and Packing is FREE within the UK.

About Fairtrade

Fairtrade is a tool for development that ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal through the use of the international ‘FAIRTRADE Mark’.

The Max Havelaar Foundation launched the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label in 1988 on coffee sourced from Mexico. In the UK, the Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992, with the first products to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in 1994.

As part of raising awareness about the Fairtrade brand, and in doing so, expanding its product range and overall impact, the Fairtrade Foundation began its annual Fairtrade Fortnight, in 1997.

Fairtrade Fortnight is an event that has gained real prominence in the popular consciousness in the last few years. In 2010, 30 million people knew about Fairtrade Fortnight, an increase of 10 million from 2009. Despite the recession, sales of Fairtrade in the UK grew in 2009 by over 12 percent. This had an estimated retail value of over £800 million, across the UK.

Breville Creative Kitchen

March 2011

BIG PINK Birthday Celebrations!

March 2011

Windsor Farmers’ Market celebrates its sixth birthday on the 5th March at its permanent location in St Leonard’s Road, Windsor.

We are delighted this year to be joined by Cancer Research UK and the Race for Life Team who are going to turn our market pink. Race for Life is the most successful female only fundraising event in the UK, where women come together to walk, jog or run 5km. A fifth of Cancer Research UK’s income is generated through Race for Life, so our ambition this year is to recruit 1 million women and raise £80million for our life-saving work. We hope 7,500 ladies will take part in Windsor Race for Life 2011, raising £724,000 for the lifesaving work of our doctors, scientists and nurses

Come and join the stall-holders in celebrating this fantastic event, take part in our instant raffle, tickets are being given away FREE with every purchase, with instant prizes, tickets are strictly limited.

Local restaurateur and celebrated TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson who is a passionate advocate of local food for local people says “As a patron of TVFM, I am tickled pink that Race for Life is joining the Windsor Farmers' Market for their 6th birthday. Come and support them next month - both need your support"

Susan Gowland, a local Windsor resident who manages the market on behalf of Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative says: “Most families are touched by cancer at some point in their lives, and the work Cancer Research does is invaluable, so come and join us for the day, not only can you buy wonderful genuine local produce with a proven provenance, you get a chance to win an instant prize and you really can make a difference in the fight against cancer”.

“We are as always very grateful to the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership for their continuing support for the market, our local producers and the local economy. St Leonard’s Road is a great site and we’re firmly established here as part of the Windsor community with other local businesses”

Please note that whilst Antony is patron of TVFMC, he is not attending this event.

Thinking of buying a puppy?

February 2011

THINKING OF BUYING A PUPPY? ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON SUPPORTS RSPCA’s get puppy smart CAMPAIGN encouraging responsible puppy buying.

According to new RSPCA research, 40% of puppy buyers admit to spending one week or less researching their purchase and 19% relinquish their pet within two years. In light of this disturbing data the RSPCA has launched Get Puppy Smart, a new campaign to encourage responsible puppy buying. The campaign aims to guide potential puppy buyers through the process of buying a puppy, and advises what to look out for through a new animation at www.getpuppysmart.com. Get Puppy Smart will help prospective puppy buyers make the right decision by thinking about what type of dog best suits their lifestyle, the costs involved in having a dog, finding a good breeder and how to select a happy and healthy puppy.

“As the owner of two beautiful, happy and exuberant dogs, Rodney and Flossie, I know only too well how much care and commitment it takes to keep them happy and healthy. Sadly, the RSPCA has revealed that many people don’t think enough about this when buying a puppy, choosing their new pet based on appearance and not truly thinking about how it will fit in with their lifestyle.


 

I am proud to support the RSPCA’s Get Puppy Smart campaign, and if you’re thinking about getting a puppy, make sure you follow your head and not just your heart. Don’t fall into the trap of basing your decision on a dog’s appearance and make sure you do your homework and follow the RSPCA’s checklist – for the sake of both you and your puppy.”
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Ask Jeeves

February 2011

To celebrate Valentine’s 2011,  Ask Jeeves are hosting a week of love! Every day this week on askjeeves.com http://uk.ask.com

you’ll be treated to a love themed question of the day, a new romantic selection of themes to set as your homepage and a series of expert tips (including a special recipe from AWT) over on their official Ask Jeeves Facebook Page http://facebook.com/askjeevesfanpage

Bramley's Apples

February 2011

“BUY MORE BRAMLEYS”, SAYS CELEBRITY CHEF
ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON

TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson is backing the “great British Bramley” and urging everyone to put Bramley apples on their shopping list this month.

AWT is marking Bramley Apple Week (February 6-13) with a delicious Bramley Tarte Tatin with Toffee Sauce (recipe below) on his restaurant menu – and is calling on home cooks to choose Bramleys instead of other cooking apples at the checkout.

“The Bramley apple is simply one of my best-loved ingredients and deserves to be part of our recipes, and part of our heritage,” says Antony, who grows his own Bramleys in the orchard at his home in Henley-on-Thames. “I always make sure they are on the menu at The Greyhound pub, and my Windsor and Kew Grills. Long live the Bramley, I say!”

Here’s Antony’s top five tips for cooking with Bramleys:

1.         Bramleys keep their flavour when you cook them (due to their higher acid content and lower sugar levels) and also reduce to a lovely, mushy texture so they are perfect for apple sauce.

2.         They are extremely versatile, so don’t just think desserts – I’ve used them for breakfast in pancakes with pork sausages.

3.         Try mixing Bramleys with citrus zests, caster sugar and nutmeg for an apple crumble filling with a difference.

4.         Rather than serve an apple sauce with pork or duck, partner with large, whole Bramleys, stuffed with a mixture of white breadcrumbs, onions, butter, parsley and sage. 

5.         The tart/sweet flavour of Bramleys makes them perfect for homemade jellies and chutneys. I put a pinch of chilli flakes in my jelly for added ‘oomph’!

Recipe...

Reading Sauce

February 2011

TV slot for Cocks's Reading Sauce
Get Bracknell
The programme is focussing on the Thames Valley next week and will also visit Shiplake-based TV chef and foodmonthly contributor Antony Worrall Thompson and ...

Uncovered Magazine

20th January 2011

"Uncovered Magazine is the 21st century survival guide, the only newsstand magazine dedicated to tackling mental health and wellbeing.  We achieve this by writing about issues important to you; psychology, food, real life, celebrity, self-help and fitness. Giving you inside track on how to live a healthy life from the inside out.

Antony contributes to  ‘Seasons Finest’ section in which he writes about the food of the moment and gives us a great recipe to accompany.

Uncovered is available in WH Smiths, Martin McColl’s, many supermarkets and most newsagents. We are also part of the Just Ask Scheme so you can order from your newsagent. For more information visit http://www.uncoveredmagazine.co.uk/uncovered_food.php"

http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk

The Guild of Food Writers

20th January 2011

Calling all young cooks and writers

CALLING ALL YOUNG COOKS AND WRITERS

The Guild of Food Writers has launched its popular competitions to find the country’s best young cooks and food writers of 2011. Named CookIt! and WriteIt!, the two annual competitions attract hundreds of entries.

CookIt!

This year’s theme for CookIt! is ‘In for the Skill?’ and young cooks are being challenged to demonstrate their talents in the kitchen by creating a delicious and imaginative main meal and dessert. The dishes don’t have to be complicated but must be completely original and show creativity and skill in the kitchen.

CookIt! is supported by Gold Top milk, and the competition is open to children aged 10–14 years. Six finalists will be chosen to attend a cook-off in London in June 2011 at BBC Good Food magazine’s kitchens. The finalists efforts will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges, which will this year include Diana Henry, award winning food writer for The Sunday Telegraph.

All finalists will receive exciting prizes with the main winner going on a family holiday to a working Jersey dairy farm.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 28 April 2011.

To find out more and to download your entry form please click here.

WriteIt!

For aspiring food writers of the future the WriteIt! competition is a must! Open to students aged 18 and under, the competition invites pieces of around 1,000 words – fiction or non-fiction – on any food related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired an interest in food; or a report of a visit to a restaurant, market or food shop; or a campaigning article about a food subject; or a short story with a food theme.

The judges this year will be food writers Bee Wilson, Matthew Fort and Karen Barnes, editor of Delicious magazine, are looking for a real passion and understanding of the chosen subject.

The lucky winner will receive a laptop.

The closing date for entries is Friday 13 May 2011.

To find out more and to download your entry form please click here.

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COOKIT! COMPETITION FINALISTS ANNOUNCED - PRESS RELEASE FROM GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS

A talented group of young cooks from around the UK have impressed a panel of judges from the Guild of Food Writers in its annual CookIt! Competition.

The six finalists have been selected to go through to the next round and now face a cook-off in the kitchens of the BBC Good Food magazine on Thursday 9 June in front of a panel of guest judges. The judges include cookery writer and columnist Diana Henry, TV chef Richard Phillips, and a member of the BBC Good Food magazine team.

Generously sponsored by Gold Top milk, this popular cookery competition attracts a large number of entrants every year. This year is slightly different in that not only do the entrants have to create a delicious and imaginative main meal and dessert, but also have to show their technical skills in the kitchen.

Jane Suthering, President of the Guild of Food Writer says that ‘It's delightful to see the interest that some young people have in cooking. And the judges are especially pleased to see that two of last year's finalists are once again joining us for the final’.

The finalists include:

Emma De Salis Young (12) from Leicester, will be cooking shepherds pie tartlet with rosemary gravy, followed by lemon mousse with spun sugar.

Freya Blount (14) from Cheshire, will be cooking roast chicken with fig and lemon and onion Vesuvius, followed by hot blueberry soufflé with liquorice ice cream.

Ben Quinney (13) from Hertfordshire, will be cooking pomegranate khoresh with potato-crusted rice, followed by soft chocolate swirl pots.

Elliot Bryant (12) from Surrey, will be cooking pan-fried duck breasts marinated in orange and rosemary, followed by pineapple tarte tatin with coconut cream.

Natalie Miron (13) from Reading, will be cooking chicken roulade with a mushroom duxelle filling, cumin and pine nut rice and a duo of root vegetable purées, followed by a trio of chocolate desserts.

Amelia Curtis-Deer (12) from Ipswich, will be cooking pan-fried fillet of beef with a soufflé of wild mushrooms sitting on a potato galette with scattered baby beetroot and fine asparagus, followed by crêpe with pomegranate and orange coulis.

PRIZES

First Prize

A four-night stay at a Jersey herd working farm on the Isle of Wight for the winner and three family members.

Second Prize

A cookery lesson from top chef and television personality Richard Phillips or one of his chefs at one of his four Kent venues: Thackeray's in Tunbridge Wells, Richard Phillips @ Chapel Down in Tenterden, Pearson's Arms in Whitstable or Hengist in Aylesford - plus lunch there for four.

Third Prize

The opportunity to cook with award-winning chef Rachel Green at one of her cookery demonstrations.

Runners Up

The three runners up will all receive digital scales kindly provided by Lakeland.

Each of the finalists will receive a bottle of Oleifera Rapeseed Oil from Lincolnshire.

 

Mumssnet

18th January 2011

Join Antony on Mumsnet answering your questions on Tuesday 18th January between 1-2pm and talking about his new book, Slow Cooking.

Antony Worrall Thompson is our guest next Tuesday lunchtime when he's going to be answering questions on how to get the most out of your slow cooker as well as giving us tips on how to prepare some delicious one-pot dishes either in a slow cooker or a casserole - just the thing for these cold wintry nights. 

He will also be preparing one of the recipes from his new book Slow Cooking which we will film and show in Mumsnet Recipes. The webchat will run between 1 and 2pm so put the date in your diary and if you can't join us next Tuesday but have a question you'd like to put to Antony, post it to this thread.


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Yas Island Show Weekends

December 2010

Yas Island Show Weekends Celebrity Chef Demonstration and Chef’s Battle: 17 December  2010, 3 – 8pm, Yas Hotel Plaza, Yas Island

Antony Worrall Thompson and Fatafeat Chef Samar Badri will host a cooking battle of quick thinkers and fast movers as the Yas Island Hotels Executive Chefs compete for the title of Yas Island Top Chef.  Chefs will be presented with ingredients and challenged to create great and tasty food against the clock.  Watch Antony Worrall Thompson’s live showcase demonstration before the finals.  Prepare to be wowed at just how much food can be prepared in a short time – “no time” will no longer be an excuse.

The Celebrity Chef Demonstration and Chef’s Battle are part of the Yas Island Show Weekends presented by Flash Entertainment.  For more information please visit www.yisw.ae

Taste London

December 2010

Antony with Christina Bridge at Taste London

Photo by Airborne TV & Film

www.airborne-tv.co.uk

Windsor Farmers' Market

December 2010

Windsor Farmers’ Market celebrates Christmas on Saturday 4th December at its permanent location in St Leonard’s Road, Windsor.

Join the stall-holders and The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Councilor Catherine Bursnall to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. The Mayor will be judging our 'Battle of the Gazebos' at 11am, to see which stall-holder has created the  most colourful and flamboyant Christmas decoration at their stalls.

At noon, the Mayor will be drawing the Christmas Prize Draw with top prize of an £80 voucher for dinner at the Windsor Grill, donated by local restaurateur and celebrated TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson who is a passionate advocate of local food for local people.

The prize draw tickets are being given away free with any purchase and are strictly limited.   Please be at the market for the prize draw as we cannot post fresh produce.

Susan Gowland, a local Windsor resident who manages the market on behalf of Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative says: “It's been an amazing 6 months since taking over running the market, and I am delighted to see more and more local people attend the market, our customers know they can buy good quality local products with a proven provenance and a low carbon footprint”

“We’re very grateful to the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership for all they did to initiate the market and their continuing support for local producers and the local economy. St Leonard’s Road is a good site and we’re established here with other local businesses. I expect we will have a market in Peascod Street on certain occasions, but St Leonard’s Road is ‘home turf’.”

What did Ready Steady Cook mean to you?

November 2010

They say all good things must come to an end, and Ready Steady Cook is no exception. Ainsley and the team have finally bowed out after 15 years on air, 21 series and more than 2000 shows. We asked some of the chefs, presenters and behind-the-scenes team to dish the dirt on each other, relive their on-screen rivalries – and romances – and share fond memories of the programme.

Ready Steady Cook regularly show repeats on The Food Network Channel - Check Antony's schedule for airings.

 Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society

November 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson MOGB says....

“I’m impressed with the flavour of this darker fleshed lamb .........a great tasting lamb. I’m delighted to offer this at my restaurants. 

Antony receives his supplies of Wiltshire Horn lamb from Lucy Fleming's Bromsden flock in Henley on Thames. 

Wiltshire Horn lamb has long been a favourite of quality niche market lamb producers supplying farmers markets, farm gate sales and boxed lamb schemes.    Customers are amazed at it's superb full flavour and comment that  it "tastes like lamb used to taste".

Children in Need

November 2010

Children in Need cooking lesson with celebrity chef and Pudsey Bear

A triple treat was in store for cooking kids this week - a lesson by a celebrity chef, a visit by Pudsey Bear and delicious cakes to take home.

See the video here

The Place 2 Be

November 2010

The Place2Be is a charity working inside schools to improve the emotional well-being of children, their families and the whole school community, established in 1994 in response to increasing concern about the extent and depth of emotional and behavioural difficulties displayed in classrooms and playgrounds. The Place2Be currently works within 172 primary schools supporting 58,000 children, their families, and the wider school community. Their counselling services help stop the downward spiral into problem behaviours by enabling children to cope – instead of caving in or lashing out. The result is happier children with better prospects, and that benefits everyone.

Website - Blog - Facebook - Twitter

A Place At The Table - 15-20 November 2010

November 2010

Enjoy getting together with family or friends in support of the children’s charity The Place2Be and be part of an exciting campaign to help children with a lot on their plate. Register to host your own event and The Place2Be will provide you with exclusive recipes from some of the UK’s best-loved chefs, tips on how to prepare and host your event and the chance to enter an exclusive competition to win signed cookbooks, kitchenware and luxury hampers. The Place2Be gives children a voice to work through and overcome issues such as neglect, family breakdown, domestic violence and bereavement. So be part of A Place at the Table and help spread the word.

Go here to register your event and receive your Place at the Table pack

Pride of Britain Awards

November 2010

Antony will be attending the Pride of Britain Awards in central London on Monday 8th November in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.  The prestigious event honours UK's unsung heroes.

Top Celebrities ‘SIT’ to help Guide Dogs

November 2010

The official launch of Guide Dogs’ Amazing Partnership exhibition, sponsored by Specsavers, sees stunning pictures of top celebrity icons showcased at London’s beautiful Haunch of Venison Gallery, Burlington Gardens on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November.

Celebrities supporting the event include Gary Lineker, Amanda Holden and Antony Worrall Thompson who said of Guide Dogs: "It is wonderful that Guide Dogs has started working with visually impaired children, giving them  greater independence, freedom, and mobility. The Amazing Partnerships' exhibition is a truly worthwhile event that I am proud to be a part of."
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The PM cooks up a storm for The Celebrity Cookbook!

October 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson, David Cameron, Gary Lineker, Lorraine Kelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the stars revealing their favourite recipes in a new book for youth charity The Prince’s Trust, Full Story..

The Pride Of Reading

October 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson - The Pride of Reading

 

Chris Tarrant, Reading's X Factor star Danyl Johnson, AWT and Big brother's Nick Bateman

 

Antony was judge in the restaurant awards for The Pride of Reading Awards, an annual event which this year took place on Wednesday 27th October. Full story...

Children in need 2010

October 2010

ANTONY WORRALL THOMPSON PUDSEY PUD
SPOT ON FOR BBC CHILDREN IN NEED 2010

Antony has created a Pudsey Pud recipe that is spot on for the young and young at heart as fundraising for BBC Children in Need 2010 gets underway.

The Pudsey Pud is intended for children to make at home and then sell at school and to family and friends to raise money for BBC Children in Need.  In addition, AWT has asked his head chefs at the Kew Grill, Windsor Grill and Windsor Larder to make Pudsey Puds for their customers with 25% of the proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.  Antony is personally making the puds at The Greyhound, his classic country pub in Rotherfield Peppard, near Henley on Thames.

“The Pudsey Pud recipe is spot on for kids aged 4 to 104,” says Worrall Thompson.  “It’s basically a muffin recipe with pureed apples folded in to give it a soft, gooey texture.  The all-important spots for this year’s BBC Children in Need ‘Show your spots, let’s raise lots!’ campaign can be whatever you want – but I think blueberries, raisins or chocolate drops work particularly well.”

The recipe for the Pudsey Pud can be found at www.awtrestaurants.com.

“This super spotty recipe is simple for youngsters to download and make up at home,” says Carrie Green at BBC Children in Need.  “We hope children and parents will show their spots by selling their Pudsey Puds to family and friends and hope that Kew Grill, Windsor Grill and The Greyhound customers will choose the Pudsey Pud dessert in aid of our cause.”

TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson on Tory recipe for success

October 2010

Free From Food Awards 2011

October 2010

Says Antony Worrall Thompson of the awards:
I have been involved with the FreeFrom Food Awards from the start and am really delighted at the way they have grown. FreeFrom is becoming such an important part of food-thinking for all of us these days that it is important to have a reliable, independent guide to freefrom excellence – and the awards provide just that. website...

Daily Politics

October 2010 

Nick Hewer: The Labour Party's new 'apprentices'
BBC News
... political parties, with Roy Stride's film for the Liberal Democrats previously broadcast, and Antony Worrall Thompson to follow for the Conservatives.

Watch out for Antony on the BBC's Daily Politics programme.

British Pub Week 2010

October 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson - British Week 2010

British Pub Week: Saturday 30th October – Saturday 6th November 2010

Who doesn’t love pubs? They are, without doubt, the finest and most iconic of our great British institutions.  No other can match the pub for its historical, cultural and social importance.  We want to protect our pubs, celebrate them and ensure they can continue to thrive. This is the sole aim of British Pub Week and I  ask you to get behind it and show the nation how you love our pubs.

Throughout British Pub Week, (Saturday 30th October to Saturday 6th November), pubs across Britain will invite customers, old and new, to join them for special events, special offers and special experiences that only their local pub can provide. 

Check out Antony's pub/resturant The GreyHound

Taste Cumbria Food Festival

September 2010

Celebrity chefs Antony Worrall Thompson, Aldo Zilli and John Torode will be taking to the stage this September as guest chefs at the inaugural Taste Cumbria Food Festival.

The weekend-long event which is to be held in Cockermouth on 25th and 26th September is a celebration of the region’s unrivalled food and drink offer. Click for more information about the festival. Taste Cumbria exceeded all expectations, click for full story.

Photos by Brian Sherwen

The British St. Food Annual Awards

September 2010

Every day, citizens of the world flock to their favourite pavement vendors for affordable sustenance. Some of the best food in New York, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City is served on the street. But vendors on British streets don’t have a reputation like that.

The food journalist and broadcaster Richard Johnson is trying to change all that – and he’s recruited Antony, Mark Hix, Marco Pierre White and Thomasina Miers to help. The British Street Food Awards – www.britishstreetfood.co.uk September 9-12 – will recognise the best of the 10,000 people selling their wares on the streets of Britain.

There are now thousands of mobilers (as street sellers are known) producing restaurant-quality food at supermarket prices. And they are all characters. Men and women who have learnt to make their living on the streets. Who love food, but don’t have enough money to open a restaurant of their own. And they are all entering the British Street Food Awards.

There’s Petra, a professional chocolatier who sells everything from Jimmy, a Mr Whippy Van, that she bought (sight unseen) from ebay. There’s Michael and Crisp Hut, a facility offering gourmet deli crisps cooked on demand and served ‘hot in the hand’ in Swansea. And there’s Roland, who was the first to use a classic American Airstream trailer. He’s customized the wonderful silver machine, and it now produces great Mexican food.

Come and see Antony and the judges at the grand cook-off in Ludlow on Sunday 12th September.  It isn’t a white tie event. It’s white apron. And – just maybe – it will start a revolution in the way we eat.

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Prince of Wales's curtains to be made into carrier bags

September 2010

Visitors to a 12-day (Sep 8-19) long garden party being staged on the Mall in London in September will be able to sew their own Morsbags out of curtains which until recently hung in Clarence House.  

The Prince of Wales is to recycle his old curtains into carrier bags as part of a new campaign to promote sustainability.

Celebrities including Alan Titchmarsh and Antony Worrall Thompson will be on hand to give expert advice and demonstrations.

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How D-Day was won with a plate of home cooking

August 2010

The secret that gave our boys the strength to overpower the Germans on D-Day was revealed yesterday – a taste of home cooking served up right on the frontline.

When the troops landed in ­Normandy in 1944, they did it with a set of recipes worked out with military precision and issued to top brass just before the invasion.


Daily Express chef Antony Worrall Thompson said: “It must have been a real effort to move a field kitchen around, but hot cooked food would have been good for morale.

See Antony's Contribution to 2010 Europcar Gastro Guide!

August 2010

"British restaurant food has improved tremendously in recent years, but roadside catering has lagged woefully behind. It’s hardly any wonder that so many motorists choose to go hungry rather than eat the mediocre, poor-value fare offered at most motorway restaurants.
 
The Guild of Food Writers, Britain’s leading organisation of writers and broadcasters on all matters relating to food, knows that we can eat better while travelling. Motorway catering may be the pits for pit stops, but outstanding food can be found with just a short detour from many main roads. That’s why we are delighted to work with Europcar, the largest car hire company in the UK on this Roadside Gastro Guide: 20 restaurants of high quality that motorists can enjoy by driving no more than 20 minutes from a main road.
 
The establishments here cover a fantastic range from roadside stands to stately homes. They swathe much of the country, and include both celebrated restaurants and little gems known largely to locals. I hope they convey the message that being in your car doesn’t mean giving up good food. You just need to know where to look – and our Roadside Gastro Guide is the perfect place to start."
 
Clarissa Hyman – Chair of the Guild of Food Writers

Click to download Gastro Guide.

Pet Nation

July 2010

Rodney - Antony's pet golden retriever, 
see him with Antony on PetNation

Royal Academy of Art , London W1

July 2010

'Antony, July 2010 at the prestigious, Royal Academy of Art, London W1'

Antony Worrall Thompson - Royal Academy of Art

Antony Worrall Thompson - Royal Academy of Art

Antony Worrall Thompson - Royal Academy of Art

Antony Worrall Thompson - Royal Academy of Art

Best Bramley Media Chef

July 2010

 “On 22 July, the Bramley Campaign hosted its annual Brammy Awards ceremony at The Ivy in London. Antony beat off stiff competition from a number of other chefs to be crowned “Best Bramley Media Chef”, which was one of ten categories in this year’s event. This accolade is just one of many Brammys previously awarded to Antony, which demonstrate his unfaltering support for the apple. With journalists, industry delegates and fellow winners all in attendance, the ceremony was a roaring success, which allowed the Bramley Campaign to reward those who have shown outstanding commitment to using and promoting the apple over the past year.”
Click for Brammy website.

Leander crews triumph at Royal Regatta

June 2010

Leander crews triumph at Royal Regatta
Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent were among today's visitors,
along with celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson

Celebrity chefs join forces to help Children with Leukaemia

June 2010

Fancy a banquet cooked by Ken Hom in his Paris apartment or a morning watching Heston Blumenthal in The Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen?

A whole host of celebrity chefs are uniting to raise funds for Children with Leukaemia, in an amazing online raffle. A £10 raffle ticket buys you the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Prizes include: a five-course meal for four of Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quot Saisons in Oxford; a morning observing Heston Blumenthal in The Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen; a cooking lesson for two with Antonio Carluccio in his own kitchen; a banquet for four in Ken Hom’s Paris apartment (Eurostar tickets and hotel included); a culinary session with Giorgio Locatelli, followed by lunch or dinner with him at Loconda Locatelli; the chance to watch Saturday Kitchen recording live, then drinks with James Martin and guest chefs; a masterclass with Marcus Wareing followed by lunch at his Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley for the winner and three friends; dinner for Two with Marco Pierre White at one of his Michelin-starred restaurants; and a personal cooking lesson for two from Antony Worrall Thompson (above) in your own kitchen. Bonne chance and bon appétit!

Visit www.chefsunite.co.uk to buy raffle tickets

Robyn Simpson

Robyn Simpson, lucky winner Chef's prize, a cookery lesson given by Antony, celebrating after her lesson with AWT in September 2010

Chefs Unite was a series of online raffles featuring exclusive prizes donated by some of the world’s most famous chefs to raise money for children’s cancer charity, CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.

Robyn Simpson was the lucky winner of AWT's prize of a cooking lesson for two in the comfort of your own kitchen.

CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is the leading charity dedicated to fighting Britain's biggest childhood cancer.

The charity funds research into the causes, treatment and prevention of childhood leukaemia and provides welfare and support for leukaemic children and their families.  Caroline Blakely, CEO of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA said "Without such fantastic support, we would be unable to continue our vital research into treatment, prevention and causes of childhood leukaemia.  Our heartfelt thanks go to Robyn, AWT and everyone who took part in the Chefs Unite raffles in aid of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA”.

One of Robyn Simpson performances.

 www.robynsimpson.co.uk (Choreography and Consulting)
www.robynsimpson.net (Performing

The Child Bereavement Charity

June 2010

The Child Bereavement Charity is delighted that Antony has consistently supported us as a patron for several years. The Child Bereavement Charity is the UK’s leading charity that supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. Every year the charity trains around 5000 professionals across health care, social care, education, the emergency services and the voluntary sector. It also provides a support and information service, award-winning resources, an interactive website with online forums, and a  Buckinghamshire-based  family bereavement support service.  To find out more about the charity please go to www.childbereavement.org.uk or call 01494 446648

World Ocean’s Day on 8th June 2010

June 2010

 

Antony Worrall Thompson's Save The Sea message from Environmental Justice Foundation on Vimeo.

World Ocean’s Day on 8th June 2010 is an opportunity to celebrate our world’s oceans and our personal connections to the sea.

The world's oceans do so much for life on earth by generating most of the oxygen we breathe, helping  feed us, regulating our climate, cleaning the water we drink, offering us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines and providing limitless inspiration. World Ocean’s Day is our chance to help support the oceans at a time when they are threatened by over-fishing, pirate fishing, climate change, pollution and environmental disasters such as the recent oil disaster off the coast of Mexico.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing - or ‘pirate fishing’ - is one of the greatest threats to the marine environment. Pirate fishing operations are stealing from our seas and oceans, undermining attempts at sustainable fisheries management, causing massive damage to marine ecosystems and depriving poor coastal communities of their livelihoods and food security. The UK Government estimates that IUU fishing costs countries across Sub-Saharan Africa almost a billion dollars a year in lost revenue. It’s also bad news for legitimate fishermen as fish caught by both IUU and legitimate fishers are sold on the same markets but only legitimate fishers pay the higher operating costs from supporting fisheries and conservation measures.

I support the Environmental Justice Foundation’s (EJF) campaign to close the loopholes that help facilitate pirate fishing and empower those affected to enforce regulations.  EJF is working to end the use of Flags of Convenience for fisheries vessels, close Ports of Convenience such as Las Palmas, provide grassroots organisations with video and advocacy training, and secure support to the governments of developing countries, particularly in West Africa, to enable them to eradicate pirate fishing in their waters.

Please join me on World Ocean's Day by getting involved with EJF’s campaign to Save the Sea http://www.ejfoundation.org/page201.html

Antony Worrall Thompson - World Oceans Day on 8th June 2010

Antony supports Food for Heroes

June 2010

Much, much more than a cook book! This book asks British personalities and servicemen and women, both current and past,

     •       Who their hero is

     •       Why they are their hero

     •       What they would feed them

Contributors include Private Harry Patch (110 year old veteran of WW1), political figures including Gordon Brown and other party leaders; celebrities and sporting heroes such as Sir David Jason, Dame Judi Dench, Ewan McGregor, Dame Vera Lynn, Sir Steve Redgrave, Bruce Forsyth, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, the 4 service chiefs, Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman DFC, Captain Dave Rigg MC, Sub-Lieutenant Donald Keeble DSC and many others.

Celebrity Chefs:  Antony Worrall Thompson, Anton Mossiman, Ainsley Harriott, Brian Turner, Paul Gayler

The Food For Heroes Team is led by Sqn Leader Jon Pullen and comprises of Army and RAF Officers & NCOs and civilians.  Photographers and chefs on the team have cooked and photographed all of the recipes which are featured in the book – plus the pie on the cover!

Help for Heroes is a registered charity that is raising funds to support our wounded service personnel.

www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Paper back, Hard back

Registered Charity number 11209

Sous vide: the secret celebrity technique

May 2010

Antony talks about "Sous vide, a cooking technique that all celebrity chefs use, is the most significant innovation since the arrival of the microwave"

ANTONY SUPORTS WORLD CUP CHARITY FUNDRAISER

May 2010

Antony has revealed one of his favourite recipes as part of a charity fundraiser by Woman & Home magazine – Peruvian chicken kebabs

His recipe is one of a number of well-known chefs, as well as footballers, and their clubs who have shared their favourite recipes to support the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK as part of the World Cup fundraiser

The magazine is encouraging its readers to get cooking and have fun by hosting a World Cup Feast fundraiser for friends and family. By gathering a group together over food, hopefully some great football and inviting guests to donate to Bobby Moore Cancer Research UK, the aim is to raise money for the charity.

Founded by Stephanie Moore MBE in memory of her husband, the charity backs bowel cancer research and works to raise awareness of the disease.

AWT’s  recipe details are here.

The recipe is live online now, please log onto here for further information

Winner

May 2010

Antony is winner of the BEST HEALTH AND NUTRITION BOOK for his book The Essential Diabetes Cookbook Published by Kyle Cathie, UNITED KINGDOM click for full story.

Antony Worrall Thompson - Books - The Essential Diabetes Cookbook Good Healthy Eating from Around the World in

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Taste Australia

May 2010

Tasting Australia

Rub shoulders with the tastiest celebrities

The Tasting Australia 2010 event program is available now. It promises a wide array of stunning main courses - and plenty of tasty side dishes - featuring top international and national  food and drink professionals. The event takes place in Adelaide and South Australias region's.

Among first-time international visitors from the UK are Rosemary Shrager and Antony Worrall Thompson. Irish born Paul Rankin will be joining us again for the second time. Another previous and highly popular star coming to Tasting Australia is the legendary Antonio Carluccio, who will be making his third visit to the event. These are just some of the top international names who will be joined by many of Australia's top chefs, writers and TV presenters including Joanna SavillWill Studd, Manu Feildel, Maeve O'Meara, Shannon Bennett, Ben O'Donoghue, Pete Evans, Anna Gare, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Lyndey Milan, Frank Camorra and Simon Bryant

Antony Worrall Thompson - Tasting Australia
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Book Nomination

Apr 2010

Antony's latest book, The Essential Diabetes Cookbook published by Kyle Cathie has been nominated as Best Health and Nutrition book in the prestigious World Food Media Awards: Click to see all nominees.

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Porthleven Food and Music Festival

Apr 2010

Antony and Jay with 2 visitors to the Porthleven Food and Music Festival Saturday 25th April Video courtesy of mycornwall.tv

Antony Worrall Thompson - Porthleven Food and Music Festival that Antony did on Saturday 25th April

Antony opened the refurbished Robert Dyas store in Amersham

30th Mar 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson - Robert Dyas

He also signed copies of his latest recipe book 'Antony Makes It Easy'.
Customers were given a 20 per cent discount in-store off AWT's kitchenware range.
To celebrate Antony Worrall Thompson being in-store, the shop also gave away prizes to a few lucky customers. See images

Antony talks to The One Show about passive smoking

23rd Mar 2010

Antony talk's about passive smoking.

Antony talks The One show about passive smoking.

Click to see Antony's comments, full item.

Antony at Taste of Dubai 2010

 22nd Mar 2010

Celebrity Chef and television personality, Antony Worrall Thompson who officially launched Mark Wilkinson Furniture in Dubai in 2007 visits Dubai once again for a cookery demonstration on Sunday, 21st March 2010. Mark Wilkinson Furniture is widely recognized as the best kitchen furniture in the world, with a long list of celebrity clients including celebrity Chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Gary Rhodes.

Dubai City Guide 22nd March 2010

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Antony launches new book

1st Feb 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson - Books - Antony makes it easy Fuss-free Food in Minutes

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Antony makes it easy

Fuss-free Food in Minutes

 

All of the 120 dishes in "Antony Makes it Easy" can be prepared in minutes. Some are quick to cook, while others are quickly prepared but can be left in the oven for hours. Packed with delicious meat, poultry, fish, vegetable and pudding recipes, this is the perfect companion to the way we live today.
Amazon

 

Released:01/02/2010 

 

Antony launches new book

28th Jan 2010

Antony Worrall Thompson - Books - The Essential Diabetes Cookbook Good Healthy Eating from Around the World in

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The Essential Diabetes Cookbook

Good Healthy Eating from Around the World in Association with Diabetes UK

 

Since being diagnosed with the pre-diabetic condition Syndrome X, Antony Worrall Thompson has done more than any other chef to reinvent the way we eat while managing glucose levels and maintaining a healthy weight. From Sweet and Sour Prawns to Spicy Lamb Tagine, the 200 recipes here demonstrate just how much world cuisines have to offer the diabetic.
Amazon 

 

Released:28/01/2010

 

Chef Worrall Thompson add flavour to festival

10th Sep 2009

 

CELEBRITY chef Antony Worrall Thompson visited Guildford College on Wednesday evening to cook up some tasty and healthy recipes. Full story

National Family Week

25th May 2009

National Family Week asked me to judge their Favourite Family Recipe competition and I'm pleased to announce the winner is Lisa Morely from Berry in Lancashire. Sitting down to eat a meal is a great way for a family to spend quality time together and cooking can be a really fun family activity.

Lisa’s recipe stood out for me as all the family can join in and help out and it’s invaluable to get the kids involved with the cooking from a young age, plus it’s a fun colourful dish that will appeal to kids while still giving them the nutrition they need.

Click to see Lisa's Recipe.

 AWT opens New Food Technology Room at Crosfields

26th May 2009

Girls and boys at Crosfields were thrilled to meet Antony Worrall Thompson today when the celebrity chef visited to open their brand new Food Technology Room. Mr Worrall Thompson cut a large cake decorated with the Crosfields School crest and signed a 5ft long specially commissioned spoon crafted from beech wood which will hang on the wall as a reminder of the day and as an inspiration to the young chefs.

 

Schools Cookbook

20th Mar 2009

Darell Primary School held its first international day on Friday 20 March. The day marked the launch of the school's first international cookbook, containing nearly 150 recipes with several from celebrity chefs including Antony Worrall Thompson.

The children dressed up on the day in clothes to celebrate their favourite food or favourite country and some spent the day cooking delicious recipes from the cookbook such as Les Croque – Soleil, a French appetizer and Miss Perry’s Mars Bar Cake.

A special song composed to mark the day was sung by the school choir, and in the evening parents and teachers met up for an international food and music night, with a live salsa band. The cookbook is on sale from the school office, priced £6 and is selling out fast. All proceeds go to help develop Darell's playground, with new green areas and games that the pupils and teachers have asked for.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book it will be on sale at the Darell stand during the Richmond May Fair on May 9 and again at the school’s own summer fair on June 20. Alternatively, you can pick up a copy from the school’s office by calling: 020 8876 6721

Happy cooking

Antony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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