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Sue Brady & brigade making light work of school meals

Teamwork, laughter, giant ladles and some great cooking thrown in for good measure. See what happened when we went to visit Wiltshire caterer Sue Brady and her brilliant brigade.

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The Essential Book of British Inspiration

Here’s a gift from us to you – a collection of inspiring recipes from professional chefs, seasonal hints and tips and good old fashioned advice from industry veterans – all wrapped up in one handy book!

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Michelin Masterclass with Mark Birchall for Young Chef Finalists

On 16th May, the 2018 North West Young Chef Competition Finalists attended an inspiring masterclass delivered by Mark Birchall at the Michelin starred Grade 2 listed building of Moorhall in Lancashire. Organised by sponsors Essential Cuisine, CHR, and Sousvide, the masterclass gave the final 6 the opportunity to learn from a chef at the top of his game.

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Paul Bailey – much-loved colleague and friend

We have said goodbye to a loving member of our team, who sadly passed away in March following a short battle with cancer.

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Cauliflower cheese

Sprinkle toasted almonds on top for added texture!

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Celebrating chefs

North West Young Chef Competition

Are you a confident young chef under 23, ready to show off your skills and boost your career prospects?

If you are passionate about food and can cook a 3 course meal for 2 people using local produce, then you really should be entering the North West Young Chef of the Year Competition.

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Welcome to our #Cheflife series, examining life behind the pass for talented chefs and their brilliant brigades.

With more exclusive episodes on the way, keep checking back for new content.

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It’s the best range of readymade stocks I’ve found, you just need to know how to use them correctly to maximise on their versatility. As a company, I can’t fault Essential, plus, being Cheshire-based, they are local to me and can offer that more personable approach.

Mark Fletcher, Head Chef, The Mere

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