My First Live Cooking Demos


FullSizeRender1 Last week saw an exciting (and totally random) trip to Berlin where I was joining Beko as their ambassador at IFA, the biggest trade show for home electrics at Messe Berlin. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived and despite anticipating a Kensington Olympia style exhibition centre I was totally blown away when I arrived at the venue. The scale of this show was vast - it took me 30 minutes to walk from the North to South Entrance to put it into context. When I arrived at the Beko 'stand' I actually found myself in an enormous showroom, divided up into lots of different areas, including the live cooking area which was my base. With a full prep kitchen around the back, and 3 ovens and two hobs in the demo kitchen, I quickly got to grips with all the new products that I would be cooking with.

Throughout the exhibition, there was a Michelin Star chef and his sous chef who would be demonstrating classic food, but I had been brought in to show people how easy it can be to cook healthy food at home. So with a few of my favourite recipes and one brand new one to share with the crowds, I got myself prepped for the first day. Now if you know anything about German food, you're probably aware that they're more into their bratwurst than their buckwheat, so I prepared myself for a tough crowd! I decided to demo my healthy banana bread, one of the favourites from my blog, and this quinoa salad - which I cooked in this split-cook oven at the same time, at different temperatures...fancy, right?!). I then demoed my one pan spinach dish which was a total hit, particularly with the vegetarian presenter whose home cooking is usually based on Quorn and rice!

I was so chuffed that all the recipes went down so well with the audience, who all got to sample the dishes, and who were excited to start cooking a little bit more healthily at home. It's always a little nerve-wracking to try to present something so alien to people and suggest that they make it at home, but they all seemed to be won over by the simplicity of the dishes, without compromising on flavour. And I had so much fun doing live demos - it was something that I have previously been nervous of doing, but I am so glad to have jumped out of my comfort zone as it turns out they are so much fun!

We also created this video of the Quinoa Salad if you fancy seeing the demo in action!

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