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Ramsons Sunday Lunch Masterclass

Masterclasses with top chefs and 5-course lunch – only 30 tickets – very exciting

Published on February 18th 2011.

Ramsons Sunday Lunch Masterclass

Ramsons restaurant is putting on a very special event on 6 March – a Sunday Lunch Masterclass to celebrate 60 years of the Good Food Guide. Top chefs and suppliers will teach you the secrets of creating the finest food, then you will enjoy a stunning five-course lunch with wine, cooked by this illustrious team. The editor of the Good Food Guide, Elizabeth Carter, will be there – you'll have a Q and A session with her after your lunch – another rare opportunity to learn from a leading name in British cuisine.

The masterclass is in celebration of the Good Food Guide's 60th birthday. Elizabeth Carter has put together a list of the UK's Top 60 restaurants to mark the anniversary – Ramsons appears at number 25. Their Sunday Lunch Masterclass is one of only three birthday events she is attending across the country.

If you love cooking and are serious about food, you will want to be there. The six hour event includes:

- A light breakfast (Buck's Fizz and canapés)
- Masterclass 1: How to buy the best
- Masterclass 2: A full kitchen demonstration with three Good Food Guide chefs (details below)
- A classic 5-course Sunday Lunch with appropriate wines (menu below)
- A question and answer session led by Elizabeth Carter
- An autographed copy of The Good Food Guide (one per booking for two)
- The delightful company of Ramsons' owner Chris Johnson throughout the day

Tickets cost £100. There are only 30 available (dining is on tables of two or four). It takes place on Sunday 6 March from 10.30am to 4.30pm. To book your places, please call Ramsons on 01706 825 070. Tickets will go fast – book early to avoid disappointment.

On the day the Ramsons team will be joined by:

Mary-Ellen McTague of Aumbry restaurant. Mary-Ellen was chosen by The Good Food Guide as the best up-and-coming chef of 2011.

Elizabeth Carter – Editor of the Good Food Guide. Nuff said.

Barbara Bulmer – Ramsons' favourite farmer's wife. Barbara knows all about fruit, vegetables and preserving them.

Carole Faulkner – a Cheshire cheesemaker for over 50 years. Carole and her family run the famous Cheese Shop in Chester.

Chris Neve – the top Fleetwood fish-man. The Neve family has been sustainably catching and selling fish for four generations.

Tony Burns – Ramsons' master butcher. Tony sources seriously tasty beef and lamb from family run farms in Cheshire and North Wales.

The event will run as follows:

10am: Early arrivals may have time for an extra glass of Buck's Fizz.

10.30am: Breakfast canapés and meet the team.

11am: Two masterclasses. Move on to your second class at noon.

CLASS 1: How to buy your ingredients. In an hour or so, the four speciality suppliers will tell you what to look for if you really want to cook the finest food, and will be happy to answer all questions.

CLASS 2: Simple cooking is best. Our three 'Good Food Guide' chefs, Louise from The Hideaway at Ramsons, Mary-Ellen from Aumbry and Ramsons head chef Naz and his team will demonstrate how they get the pure flavours of their fine ingredients onto your plate.

1.30pm: Sit down to a classic Sunday Lunch – and enjoy the food you have seen being prepared.

3.30pm: To end the afternoon, Elizabeth Carter will introduce a question and answer session, summing up what she looks for in a 'Good Food Guide' restaurant.

4.30pm: Time to go home.


The Menu

Minestrone Soup
Every chef has their secrets, and Louise will tell you about that all-important secret ingredient which makes a traditional Italian Minestrone so special.

Baked Baby Halibut
Naz was born in the Maldives and learned to catch and cook fish as a child. His training in Switzerland taught him to turn the simplest ingredients into a work of art.

Roast Rib of Beef
Mary-Ellen learned the secrets of low temperature cooking when she worked with Heston B at the Fat Duck. She spent a couple of years working at Ramsons with Naz before opening Aumbry. Give her a rib of well hung beef and it comes out perfectly pink and totally tender.

British Cheese
The secret of the finest cheese is the quality of the milk – and that must come straight from happy cows. Carole Faulkner will give you the low down.

Tarocco Orange Marmalade Sponge
At this time of year, blood red Sicilian Tarocco oranges are in season. Turn them into coarse cut marmalade, add a dollop of Naz's secret recipe sponge mix, pop in a steamer – and you may feel you have been transported to heaven.


This really is a one-off event. And the price is excellent considering you get the five-course lunch with wine in addition to the masterclasses. We predict the 30 tickets will go quick so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Tickets cost £100. Dining is on tables of two or four. The event takes place on Sunday 6 March from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

To book your places, please call Ramsons on 01706 825 070.

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