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Bath’s Best Home Cook Winner Announced

Tuesday, 16th June was the final round of Bath's Best Home Cook Awards hosted at our cookery school with Riverford Bath. We are delighted to announce that Bath has a new Best Home Cook: Laura Holland!

Laura competed against three other great home cooks in a competition judged by 2014 MasterChef winner Ping Coombes, Rachel Demuth and Vicki Mowat from Riverford Bath.

The four finalists had 1.5 hours to cook a vegetarian signature dish with seasonal vegetables from a Riverford organic veg box and some store cupboard staples. All four contestants were super organised (and remarkably calm) and produced some mouth-watering food.

The judges were particularly impressed with their creativity, the quality of the food they all produced and how different the dishes were. Laura’s winning dish was a Japanese inspired rice dish, Shades of Summer Sushi with miso soup and tamari crème fraiche (pictured below, bottom right).

The 3 runners up also cooked up a storm:

  • Rachel Mills chose a local seasonal menu of mushroom soup with nutmeg and crushed hazelnuts, asparagus and summer greens spelt risotto and a radish and spring onion salad, with a dressing of hazelnut and coriander pesto.
  • Rebecca Tucker, the youngest contestant at 16 - definitely a talented cook to watch out for - made an Indian inspired menu of carrot fritters, rice and puy lentil salad with a radish and parsley raita and chapattis.
  • Valeria Caracciolo made a lovely pasta dish inspired by her birthplace in Southern Italy. She flavoured her hand-made Cicatielli pasta with turmeric, served with summer vegetables and a basil, mint and almond pesto.

It was a difficult decision but the title went to Laura as Ping and the other judges were impressed at how each sushi, made with different selection of Riverford vegetables, tasted distinctly different, but worked together.

Laura won a Riverford Hamper, a day class of her choice at Demuths Cookery School and a Kitchens Cookshop voucher. The runners up all took home a Riverford goody bag and an evening class of their choice at Demuths Cookery School.

We wish all the contestants the best of luck with their cooking and we are already on the look out for Bath’s Best Home Cook 2016.

Finalists dishes

Winner - Laura Holland

  • Shades of Summer Sushi Miso soup
  • Tamari crème fraiche

Rachel Mills

  • Mushroom soup with nutmeg and crushed hazelnuts
  • Asparagus and summer greens spelt risotto
  • Radish and spring onion salad with a dressing of hazelnut and coriander pesto

Rebecca Tucker

  • Carrot fritters
  • Rice and puy lentil salad Chapatti
  • Radish and parsley raita

Valeria Caracciolo

  • Hand made Cicatielli pasta with summer vegetables and a basil, mint and almond pesto 

With many thanks to Kate at KMS Photography for taking such beautiful pictures of the occasion. And also thanks to Riverford Bath for helping us host such a fun, inspiring and delicious competition.