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Chef’s spilling the beans on his deepest culinary secrets

CALLING all Henley gastronauts, kitchen lovers and foodies...

CALLING all Henley gastronauts, kitchen lovers and foodies...

After the surprising popularity of their initial series of 10 bakery, butchery and kitchen caper days, the Crooked Billet at Stoke Row has added a final week of cookery demonstrations to the run — from Monday, March 7, to Friday, March 11.

These highly entertaining taste and chat culinary sessions are an intimate gathering, with just 40 people in attendance each day.

Thanks to Magimix, a demonstration kitchen has been created in the Crooked Billet’s dining room.

Guests seated at tables watch chef Paul Clerehugh and his brigade cook many dishes including recipes from the award-winning pub’s menu, along with home dinner party suggestions and dishes Paul cooks at home.



Several taster portions are served and wine is sampled throughout the day.

The Billet’s first cookery demonstration was in 2007 at Henley’s inaugural food festival. Paul now appears every year at the BBC Good Food Show at the Nation Exhibition Centre.

On your chosen Crooked Billet demo date, arrive at 10.30am for complimentary coffee, tea and pressed juices along with a tempting selection of home baking including gluten-free options.

The demonstration will start at 11.15am. Join Paul as he prepares his favourite recipes: seafood, meat, poultry and desserts. Watch and chat as he cooks, then join him for lunch. It’s an informal affair — tasty, entertaining and fun.

Complimentary champagne and canapés are served, followed by a three-course luncheon featuring recipes Paul and his brigade have demonstrated. Complimentary wine accompanies each course courtesy of wine sponsors Cockburn & Campbell.

Magimix, based in Godalming, Surrey, have also generously supported the demonstrations.

The afternoon ends around 3.15pm, guests departing with a complimentary goodie bag and Crooked Billet recipe book.

Paul Clerehugh’s cooking talents first came to public notice in 1989. The

Daily Mail
invented the phrase “gastropub” when describing the Crooked Billet, making it Britain’s first.

The pub won the

Observer
’s best Sunday luncheon,

Time Out
’s best out of London, Waitrose’s favourite foodie pub, and the

Times
listed it as one of Britain’s finest places to eat.

Paul is only one of only a few pub chefs to have been honoured with the Craft Guild of Chefs award. Previous recipients include Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffmann, Tom Kerridge and the Roux brothers.

Famous faces to have eaten at the Crooked Billet include Prince Harry, Kylie Minogue, Heston Blumenthal, Matt Damon, Angela Merkel, Tom Jones, Marco Pierre White, Liam Neeson, Paul Greengrass, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Deep Purple. The pub famously catered Kate Winslet’s bangers and mash wedding reception.

Cookery demonstration tickets are £85. For bookings and more information, call the Crooked Billet on (01491) 681048.



• Paul Clerehugh is chef proprietor of the Crooked Billet, Stoke Row and London Street Brasserie, Reading. Catch Paul every week on Food on Friday (2pm, BBC Radio Berkshire) for lighthearted food chat, recipes and current affairs.



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