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TerraVina Team Wins Gastronomy Team of the Year 2010

On July 19th, Sommelier, Laurent Richet, and Sous Chef, Neil Cooper, won the Academy of Food & Wine’s 2010 Gastronomy Team of the Year after an exciting ‘cook & serve’ final.

The Hotel TerraVina gastronomoy team, Laurent Richet, Sommelier, and Neil Cooper, Sous Chef, won the Academy of Food & Wine’s 2010 Gastronomy Team of the Year after an exciting ‘cook & serve’ final at London’s Westminster Kingsway College.

The five finalists, including a team from Summer Lodge in Dorset, were asked to cook and serve a two-course meal with wines for a panel of expert judges. Dishes had to include Discover the Origin PDO ingredients Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and be accompanied by a Burgundy, Port or wine from the Douro Valley, also part of the Discover the Origin campaign.

Laurent and Neil’s winning two-course meal included a starter of hand-dived scallops, cauliflower, quail eggs, Parmesan, Parma ham and white chocolate, accompanied by a Niepoort, Redoma Branco, Douro Portugal 2007. The team’s main course was pig trotter spring roll, confit belly and poached loin of pork, smoked potato, Parmesan, Parma ham and chorizo foam and celeriac fondant served with Nuits Saint-Georges, Michel Gros Burgundy, France 2004.

Hotel TerraVina receives an Academy training bursary, along with the team’s personal prize of a 10-day trip to France, Portugal and Italy. One of the judges commented that “The team from Hotel TerraVina demonstrated a thorough understanding of food and wine matching – they understood what worked and showed true cooking skills matched with wines that complemented rather than dominated the food. These were well thought out, well executed dishes.”

Well done to Laurent and Neil - you did a great job and we are all so proud of you!


 
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