Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food

Food for Friends

Series 1 - Episode 1 Food for Friends

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Review

Admired both for his food (his Buckinghamshire pub has two Michelin stars) and for being one of the nice ones on Great British Menu, chef Tom Kerridge has both real skill and a genial personality, which makes his first series very watchable. He’s obliged to meet food producers for inspiration, though these segments squeeze out space for the information that would make it possible to cook these fabulous crowd-pleasing dishes straight from the telly.

But where weights and measures are absent, there is plenty of lesser-spotted cheffy detail. Kerridge lovingly smooths his carrots with a kitchen scourer and cools hot custard by pouring it over clean freezer blocks: tricks which, unlike so many offered magnanimously by TV chefs, won’t give the keen home cook déjà vu.

Summary

The Michelin-starred chef demonstrates recipes inspired by classic British pub fare, beginning with dishes perfect for serving up to groups of friends. Tom shows how to prepare slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with pommes boulangere, and a salt beef bagel prompted by a trip to a stall at Maltby Street market in Bermondsey, south London. He also prepares pollack, chorizo and chickpea stew, and a creamy plum fool, as well as giving advice on how to source the best UK produce.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tom Kerridge
Executive Producer Bridget Boseley
Executive Producer Alison Kirkham
Producer Sally Wingate
Series Director Sarah Myland
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