A few weeks ago, the organisers of the ‘Good food would choose Bordeaux’ campaign invited us to take part in The Great Bordeaux Cook-off, in which members of the nation’s wine trade would compete to create some Bordeaux-friendly taste-sensations to be judged by professional chefs. Never ones to shy away from a bit of friendly (or even unfriendly) competition, the Majestic team of Kim Smith and me, aka The Not-Very-Hairy Bikers were all too keen to give it a shot.
We were drawn in the starters category, against the ‘Birds With Bottle’, wine writers Mel Jones MW and Sandra Clement. A restaurant kitchen is a hot, frantic, exhausting working environment, but we all just about managed to get our creations out on time. How the professionals endure it for an entire evening, turning out dish after perfectly-prepared dish, I will never know. This video simply doesn’t do it justice!
Unfortunately, our herb-crusted mackerel fillet with oriental noodle salad was no match for The Birds’ excellent tiger prawn risotto, but we had great fun nonetheless, and I still maintain that our dish would have made a great match for a classic white Graves! Mel and Sandra were formidable opponents, who went on to place runners-up in the final, so there was definitely no shame whatsoever in losing to them… in fact, the overall standard of cooking by all the entrants was remarkable, clearly showing that there’s an unmistakable foodie streak running through us wine enthusiasts. Although Kim and I will quite happily admit that we’ve always been better at eating than we are at cooking!