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Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2014

*VIDEO* Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2014

Watch the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards as it happened. See the winners announced by host Sarah Parish and editor Elizabeth Barnett as well all the back stage reaction.

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Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2014 - pictures from the evening

Our 9th Food & Drink Awards came to a close with a fantastic awards ceremony held at The Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney on November 26th. The finest businesses from the food and drink industry attended to discover who would be this year’s winners, and to enjoy a night of celebration and great food.

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards - winners announced

Overall winners from each category were revealed at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 26 November at The Elvetham Hotel - #HLFDA

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Manufacturers and merchants of salt for over 130 years – Maldon Salt

For thousands of years on the marshland surrounding the Red Hills of Essex, along the shores of the Blackwater Estuary, sea water has been collected and dried to produce distinctive white crunchy sea salt crystals.

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Chef profiles

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Are chefs in Hampshire getting too big for their boots asks Chris van Schaick

Are our county’s chefs getting too big for their boots, or are they entitled to the new found awe received from the public? Chris van Schaick ponders

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*VIDEO* Exclusive Hotels Master Chef Academy

Back in November, guests were treated to a fantastic culinary experience when the young chefs taking part in Exclusive Hotel’s Chef Academy entered in to a Masterchef style competition to show off the skills they had learnt so far. Split in to two teams, the chefs battled it out to create a delicious three course menu that was then judged by a host of industry experts, dignitaries and the media to determine which menu was the overall favourite.

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Stuart Turner. Photo by Paul Strawson Photography

Hampshire students awarded place in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy

Students Magdalena Ordak and Megan Curtis from Southampton City College and Stuart Turner from Southdowns College in Waterlooville join 12 aspiring junior chefs from across the country who have been awarded their place in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues which has launched after a three month search and selection process.

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James Durrant on working with Gordon Ramsey, winning Great British Menu and his gastro pub in Longparish

James Durrant may have trained under Gordon Ramsey and won the BBC’s Great British Menu but it is by the dishes he cooks every day at his gastro pub in Longparish that this ambitious and exacting chef patron expects to be judged

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Discover Food & Drink

Kenyons Fruit and Veg

Kenyons Fruit & Veg Ltd

Kenyons Fruit & Veg Ltd was established in 1964 as a supplier of quality fresh fruit and vegetable produce.

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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a New Forest institution.

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The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn

A ‘hidden gem’ on the edge of the historic salt marshes, The Chequers Inn is a picturesque 16th century pub and restaurant offering a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike.

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Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro 1

Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro

Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro is at the heart of Southampton’s cultural centre and the gateway to the City...

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The Ship Inn Lymington

The Ship Inn Lymington

The Ship Inn is a traditional village pub & restaurant in Lymington serving tasty, freshly cooked food and top-drawer drinks, with a log-fire when it’s chilly and a great beer garden for the warmer weather.

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Food & Drink Showcase

Celebrity chef James Martin will be headling the Food and Wine Raceday

James Martin headlines Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday

Promotional Feature

Combine food and wine from around the world with a memorable day of racing at Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday on Saturday 6th September.

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Food & Drink Offers

Enjoy savings on pizza and pasta at Gusto Lounge

Food and drink offers at Gusto Lounge

Enjoy offers on pizza and pasta dishes and cocktails at Gusto Lounge, Southampton

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Restaurants

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12 tea rooms in Hampshire for Mother’s Day

Treat your Mum to lunch and tea this Mother’s Day with a visit to one of these fantastic tea rooms in Hampshire.

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Eating out in Hampshire - best restaurants

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Hampshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

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New wine bar in Fleet - Cellar Magneval Wine Bar Café and Caveau

A touch of sophistication has arrived in Fleet this year with the opening of Cellar Magneval Wine Bar Café and Caveau.

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Rick Stein and his son Jack

Rick Stein and son Jack at their new Winchester restaurant

The Stein family have fallen hook, line and sinker for Winchester’s historical charm. We met with Rick and son Jack in their new high street restaurant to find out why

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New pub in Odiham - Bel & The Dragon at The George

This Christmas, Odiham village are enjoying the gift of a new pub, The George by Bel & The Dragon group. The Country Inn will bring great British food, an extensive selection of fine wine, and comfortable style to this gorgeous part of Hampshire in a Grade-II listed building that retains many of its original features.

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Drink

Susie and Peter

Saturday Kitchen stars Susie and Peter share their recommendations and top wine tips

The Winchester wine gurus share 3 wine recommendations for 2015 and a few top tips.

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Susie and Peter wanted the festival to have something for everyone

Susie Barrie and Peter Richards on the success of their very own Winchester wine festival

Forget stuffy wine connoisseurs who taste through their nose and confuse with talk of cut grass and burnt cinders! BBC’s Saturday Kitchen stars, Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, are here to help the wine drinkers of Winchester find more of what they like - whether that’s a ‘big smoothie’ or something ‘fresh and racy’

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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Nik Fordham is the Master Distiller at Laverstoke Mill

Hampshire gin makers - putting the British favourite back on the map

Tucked away in the heart of the Hampshire countryside in an idyllic spot on the River Test, a veritable gin Goliath has made its home on our doorstep; throwing itself open to the public for the first time.

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Pink Lady & Champagne Cocktail recipe

Serves 1 in a champagne flute - as seen in our November issue

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Recipes

Naan bread pizza with sweet chilli beetroot, parsley, capers, pepperoni & mozzarella - photo by Jason Ingram

Naan bread pizza recipe

As featured in our January 2015 issue on the opening food and drink page

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Haggis scotch egg recipe

Celebrate the New Year in style with these Haggis Scotch Eggs

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Christmas Cake Baked Alaska recipe

There’s something magical about baked Alaska; seeing the snowy mounds come out of the oven, then discovering the frozen ice cream within. The trick is to pre-scoop the ice cream, then re-freeze the balls so that they’re very cold and hard before you start. You can also make this post-Christmas with leftover Christmas pudding, if there is such a thing in your house.

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Recipe - Apple and Mincemeat Tarts

Serving 12, try out this delicious festive recipe this Christmas

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Mushroom and blue cheese lasagne - © www.susieskitchen.com

Mushroom and blue cheese lasagne recipe

This mushroom and blue cheese lasagne takes half the time but tastes just as good

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Local producers

Alex Bridger and her husband Simon on their farm near Petersfield

Getting the turkeys ready for Christmas at Ashford Farm near Petersfield

While most of us are still shopping for sprouts and last minute presents Alex Bridger of Ashford Farm near Petersfield is getting 1,000 turkeys ready for the big day. She tells Fran Benson what it’s like being a farmer’s wife at Christmas

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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Artisan food and gifts on offer at the Riverside Lifestyle shop

The ‘shelves’ of the Riverside Lifestyle shop have been filled with things that are creative, original and indulgent! That includes an artisan range of food products made using homegrown Hampshire lavender and olive oil from olive groves in Spain.

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Sue Jenman, David Bishop, Lawrie Jenman, Graham Jenman, Christina Veal and Niki Jenman

Behind the scenes at New Forest Ice Cream

Following a multi-million pound move to a new factory in Lymington, we sent Claire Pitcher behind the scenes at New Forest Ice Cream to meet the family from which this successful Hampshire treasure stems

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