Last month I visited Girls Weekend in Colchester, during the day we were treated to fashion displays, workouts, a pole dancing display and cookery displays amongst many others. I was treated to a cookery display by Mark Baumann who cooked Pigeon, giving a clear and easy to follow demonstration, answering questions and then feeding us all with the dish he had just cooked (I did pass on the Pigeon – I’m not a fan).
Mark then gave myself, my friend Miranda and another guy a personal cookery demonstration – cooking Lamb for us, breaking down the steps, letting us smell the ingredients, ask questions and watch exactly how it should be done while we had a giggle too. During our demonstration Mark gave me some tips on cooking a steak which I put to the test this week and gained the seal of approval from Paul – easier said than done as he claims to cook the best steak ever.
A little about Mark Baumann: He was trained at the Royal Champagne (France) owned by Moet & Chandon, following this working in some of Britain’s top hotels including Chewton Glen (set between the New Forest and Hampshire), Gravetye Manor (West Sussex), The relais et Chateau Hotel (West Sussex) and the presigious Hintlesham Hall (Suffolk).
He now owns and runs Baumann’s Brasserie
a 16th Century Brasserie in the picturesque market town of Coggeshall, Essex. Featured in every major food guide in Great Britain, Baumanns Brasserie is famous for its innovative cuisine and A La Carte menu; this now features its own Cookery Courses hosted my Mark himself.
Mark was elected as a Master Chef of Great Britain in 2003 – this is one of the UK’s most prestigious culinary awards. Mark’s television career began in when he presented Baumann Goes to Market in 2004. The series celebrated all of the best in farm fresh, locally produced British food. Each week Mark Baumann pitched his stall at a different Farmers Market, buys food and ingredients from his fellow stallholders and prepares a gourmet meal there at the market.
Over on Question of the Week
Mark kindly answered some cooking questions for you and now he has offered me a fantastic prize for one of you to win in our competition!!
How would like to win a cookery lesson at Baumann’s Brasserie?
This is the prize on offer for one lucky Emmy’s Mummy reader:
“Learn the tricks of the trade from local TV chef and author Mark Baumann in a fun but informative cookery class which are temporarily being held at our very own working kitchen here at Baumanns Brasserie!
A maximum group size of six people will ensure you get the most out of the course – with bags of personal instruction and guidance. Meanwhile, the easy going, interactive nature of these sessions, with ample time for discussion, will help you put your newly learned skills into practice with confidence when you return home.
The classes run from 9.30am to 2.30pm and are priced between £125 and £150, depending on their degree of complexity and ingredients used. All students receive a glass of bubbly as well as an exclusive Baumanns Cooking Academy apron as a memento of their day.”
To enter this competition you MUST be available to travel to Coggeshall, Essex (CO6 1TT) on 21st November 2011 (Travel costs are not covered in this prize)
Your cookery course is entitled “Something Fishy”. The following are examples of types of dishes likely to be prepared on this course:
- Deep fried crab parcel amuse,homemade chilli sauce
- Squid, bacon & chorizo salad
- Scallop, asparagus & crispy parma ham layer with chive beurre blanc
- Prawn & monkfish skewers with garlic & pink peppercorn butter wilted spinach
- Fish cakes with smashed minted peas
Entry requirements – I would like you to tell me what your favourite food is on the Baumann’s Brassiere Menu. (comment below with a way to contact you if you win)
Bonus entries are available for (seperate comments below please):
Good luck everyone! (My favourite on the menu has to be the Yummy Mummies Mornings – what a great idea…..mmmm white chocolate & cranberry cookies. )
This competition will close on 13th November at 10pm and the winner announced the following morning.
A big Thank you goes to Mark, his lovely wife Fiona and Manager Samantha.
Competition now closed
We have a winner!!
We had 21 entries, not bad at all considering I told you you had to be free on 21st November!!
So the lucky lady who will be cooking “something fishy” at Baumann’s Brassiere is
Well Done Danielle, I am jealous so you will have to tell me all about it.