Mancunian chef Adam Reid has triumphed in the final of the BBC’s Great British Menu programme. The Head Chef of the 4 AA Rosette The French at The
Midland Hotel won the honour of cooking the dessert course at the final banquet for the television show.
Adam’s ‘Golden Empire’ dessert of stewed Empire Apple with hazelnut crumble, meadowsweet custard and golden candy apples, will be served at The Great Britons’ Banquet at the House of Commons Members’ Dining Room. An elevated reimagining of traditional apple crumble, the delicate dessert is made by blowing an apple shape out of gold sugar and filling it with spiced Empire apples, meadowsweet flavoured custard and a crumble mix made with oats, hazelnuts and Demerara sugar. It's then surrounded with a granita made from Granny Smith apple juice frozen in liquid nitrogen.
Adam said: “It's amazing to actually gain a place at the banquet and cook for all the honoured guests. The competition was incredibly tough but I feel really honoured to cook with the other guys at the banquet and see my dish in such an esteemed environment.”
You can recreate the theatrical and culinary magic of The Great British Menu by tasting Adam Reid’s ‘Great British Lunch’, which includes all four of the dishes he created for the TV series. Available at The French, Wednesday to Saturday from 12.00 to 13.30 until Saturday 17th December 2016, priced at £75 per person.