Novelli proves a tasty treat for ladies who lunch

PUBLISHED: 10:48 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli

FAMOUS TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli was the main attraction for 150 ladies at a lunch event – even though he turned up nearly an hour late! But the French charmer was certainly worth the wait. He cooked a number of desserts in front of an all-female a

FAMOUS TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli was the main attraction for 150 ladies at a lunch event - even though he turned up nearly an hour late!

But the French charmer was certainly worth the wait.

He cooked a number of desserts in front of an all-female audience at the Ladies Lunch event held at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel earlier this month.

Guests enjoyed a delicious two-course meal, part of the new Tewin Bury Farm menu, of Seared Sea Bream fillet, confit Fennel, spicy Tabouleh, courgette and tomato salsa, or, for vegetarians, fricassee of seasonal vegetables and British Asparagus with melted Golden Cross cheese.

For dessert ladies had caramelised pineapple and coconut cream with shortbread biscuit and a pina colada.

After dinner there was a raffle in which the prestigious chef, who has worked on TV shows such as ITV1's This Morning and Hell's Kitchen, gave away an impressive 30 prizes.

These included places on his cookery class, Novelli Academy, which is based at his home in Tea Green, Hertfordshire, and 10 of his Everyday Novelli recipe books.

Novelli, 47, who also has a gastro pub in Harpenden called The White Horse and is donating a large part of his fee to Breast Cancer Care, told the WHT: "I am a lucky man.

"I am doing the most amazing job in the world.

"Without cooking I am nothing and I will carry on until I drop on the stove."

The Middlesbrough football team fan added: "The thing I love about Hertfordshire is that I can buy fresh and organic food from local farmers.

"All the ladies who attended the event were lovely and gave a lot of warmth and I have loved coming to this place [Tewin Bury Farm Hotel]."

Staff at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, which is on Hertford Road, will donate all proceeds from the raffle to charity Childhood Leukaemia.

To find out more about what Tewin Bury Farm has to offer visit its website at www.tewinbury.co.uk


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