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The Great Northern Cook Off launch pics

Gordo goes to the Malmaison for patisserie voyeurism (maybe there should be a website)

Written by . Published on January 29th 2009.

The Great Northern Cook Off launch pics

It’s been a fairly quiet January for the fat one who was busy licking his wounds from the festive season.

There has, however, been a step up on the presents front. The trainee mistress, having returned earlier in the year from a holiday in Greece with a twinkle in her eye and a set of five faux mahogany drinks coasters to help salve her conscience, had stepped up to the plate with a lovely watch at Christmas.

Mind you, the toothbrush for Gordo’s mid January birthday was a step or two back, only to be beaten with Gordo’s Mum’s faux-mahogany-in-the-medieval-style telephone notepad from the back of the Telegraph Magazine.

To lift the gloom, Gordo went over to the annual start of the ‘Great Northern Cook Off’ (Click here for our audio of how that should be pronounced). This was at The Malmaison and five teams were assembled to try and learn to cook. The real reason was, of course, that the organisers, Fiona Morris and Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy like to see people humiliated whilst they earn plenty of dosh. For charity. It’s one step up from them ‘looking after’ Max Mosley Gordo supposes.

Chefs David Gale (The Hilton), Paul Beckley (The French @The Midland), Robert ‘padlock your pockets’ Owen-Brown (The Angel) and Andrew Nutter (Nutters) were the volunteer team leaders for the evening. Gordo is pretty sure he has missed someone out but shall make it up to him when he finds out who.

The idea was for each team to construct a cake resembling a Manchester landmark in four and three quarter minutes. The closest was one effort that was the spit of Gordo’s toilet seat in his second bathroom. The teams are made up in general of Manchester professionals, who should know better.

The winning team did in fact build a marvellous yet very un-life-like model of the City of Manchester Stadium merged with Old Trafford. The team was led by Andrew Nutter, the North West’s laziest chef (is he ever in his kitchen?), with Angela Powers, Mike Spurr and Kate Oldfield being whipped along by Cheadle Hulme schoolboy George Powell, who recently reached the final stages of a national cooking competition.

Hopefully young George will have learned his lesson. The rest of the crew shouldn’t give up their day jobs unless they work in banks.

If you like humiliation, click here for the official website.

Happy Trails


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Lady LJanuary 29th 2009.

Faux mahoghany is all the rage don't you know these days!but more, WHO is the dish standing next to Robert Owen Brown on photo?

Jacqueline Hughes-LundyJanuary 29th 2009.

The missing chef was Kevin Whiteford from Malmaison. Lots of cash was raised for Hospitality Action Trust and we are grateful for your support Gordo, but not in a Max Mosley way.

AvoJanuary 29th 2009.

I told you the food at Malmaison was good didn't I!

GordoJanuary 29th 2009.

Well, I have just had Kevins cheese on toast with bacon, absoluteley fabulous. Please, Lady L, are you talking about Andrew Nutter on R.O.B 's side? If so, I am unsure if you will be in with much of a chance...

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