The Dorchester, Park Lane

This year’s annual SCEPTRE Awards, held at the fabulous Dorchester in London, received the brightest and best guests from the shopping centre industry to celebrate the achievements of retail management teams in 2014. As the official photographer for the night I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of the food from this gala dinner…

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Starter: Haloumi tikka kebab with kachumber salad and tamarind chutney

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Main meal: Black bream with potato and mussel stew, seasonal vegetables

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Dessert: Baked cheese cake and sour cherry sorbet

I haven’t had haloumi much before, but I can safely say that this starter was the best I’ve tried. The texture of this cheese really held up against the strong flavours of the curry marinade, it was almost like a chicken dish rather than a veggie option. I will definitely try this at home as I can imagine it working really well chargrilled on the BBQ with a fresh salad.

As for the main, I’m quite new to eating fish (I’ll be writing a blog post about my experiences soon) and had never had black bream before, but this was just delicious. The stew was so moreish and the mussels helped make it even more unctuous. There were a couple of mystery vegetables on the plate which looked like quarters of lemon and lime – any foodies know what they are? Leave a comment below!

The cheesecake I was less impressed with as it turned out to have a sponge cake consistency – I like my cheesecakes thick and creamy. But the cherry sorbet did a great job of cutting through the evening’s richness with a much needed cooling sour note.

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Venice: A foodie haven

The romantics that we are, Andrew and I decided to go to Venice over Valentines weekend for a foodie feast. From the finest handmade gnocci, to the creamiest panacotta ever, this weekend was a delight from start(er) to  finish.