Culinary Kudos for Shrewsbury Flower Show

There will be an array of culinary master classes and stars at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show as local chefs Paul Crowe, Dr Lal Haider, Julia Wenlock and Sean Bird take to the stage to share their mouth-watering traditional, Persian and confectionery dishes.

Executive Head Chef of Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Paul Crowe, will be bringing some of his scorching skills to the Show this year, treating visitors to more delicious delicacies inspired from his years working alongside the likes of Brian Turner, Michel Roux Senior and James Martin.

Beginning as a pot washer Paul has had a colourful and action packed career including attending University in Nottingham and working in London with Gordon Ramsay at his three Michelin Star Restaurant.  He now shares his knowledge and skills with local schools, teaching them about cooking and healthy eating. Paul’s recent demonstrations at BBC Good Food and Gardener’s World’s shows are getting him fired up for The Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Being a country lad, Paul decided London wasn’t for him and moved back to Shrewsbury where he has recently planted a kitchen garden and orchard at the appropriately named Greenhous Meadow Stadium, the towns football ground. Paul will be demonstrating at The Show how he uses the ingredients in his cooking for the club to keep the fans, visitors, players and staff fuelled, nourished and satisfied.

Paul said: “As far as I know we are the only football club in the country if not the world with its own kitchen garden and orchard. Since I planted it some six years ago it has grown from a couple of herb bushes to what it is today with over 80 varieties of herbs, soft fruits and nuts.’’

The hospitality and catering at Shrewsbury Town Football Club has been voted the best in the football league and compared to some of the best premier league clubs in the country.

For something a little different, nutritionist Dr Lal Haider will also be rustling up some scrumptious Middle Eastern cuisine, taking traditional recipes from Northern India and Persia and adding his own healthy twist.
Cooking-up his speciality on-the-bone chicken curry dish with traditional spices, Lal will also be offering more adventurous alternatives including Lotus root dishes, Beryani-style pullao, meat-free alternatives and prune recipes.

Lal said: “I want people to leave my demonstration believing that healthy eating isn’t boring and that curry has finally shaken its image as an unhealthy food, which only goes with several beers!”

Chocolatier Julia Wenlock will also be mixing-up some truly indulgent treats in the Marches Food Hall, showing visitors how to make delightful and delicious chocolate with floral flavours- sure to tempt even the most strong willed.

Julia has recently won two highly regarded awards in the International Chocolate World. She received a nomination from the European Semi Finals of the International Chocolate Awards and Silver from the Academy of Chocolate.

To top off the menu, will be award winning chef and popular food writer, Sean Bird.

This will be his first appearance at the world’s longest running flower show where he will be demonstrating some of his popular recipes live in the Marches Food Hall. In addition to this, Sean will also sharing his passion and knowledge of using edible flowers and the increasingly popular micro herbs in the Lecture Marquee throughout both days.

Sean said: “I am delighted to be invited to take part in this year’s 126th Shrewsbury Flower Show. I am really looking forward to sharing my ideas and passion for showcasing regional recipes and flavours with the visitors throughout the weekend.’’

Donna Hamer, Chairman of Shrewsbury Flower Show, said: “Food plays such an essential part in Shrewsbury Flower Show, so we are really pleased these superb local chefs will be joining us this year. Food lovers will be guaranteed a fantastic day out.”

For more information and tickets visit www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk or call 01743 234 050.

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