Thursday, 23 May 2013

LEON cook5/Times prize weekend!!


remember a few weeks ago I told you about the cookery competition I won. It was with LEON restaurants and there cook5 website and the Times newspaper. Well it was great. I am going to tell you about it.

My mum went with me. We went on the plane and a few taxis an we eventually got to the hotel witch was great - we stayed at One Aldwich I loved the underwater music in the pool. We went for lunch at Wahaca. And then gone to Hamleys and Fortnum and Mason.

The next day I got a taxi with the other winners Mia and Poppy to the cooking school Food at 52 and it looked fab. You should see it for yourself! first i found all my ingredients  and then everybody started  to arrive. Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Beth from LEON, Giles Coren and Tony Turnbull from the Times newspaper, and Raymond Blanc.

Me cooking the dish


Raymond Blanc was rely  kind.  He showed me how to prepare squid, he told me to add the salt to my risotto first (which I have never done before). Raymond  has a HUGE Love of food. IT was great to see Raymond   like my food so much. my recipe was a barley risotto with asparagus and lemon juice, and squid. I was pleased how it turned out ( because it was the tastiest I have ever cooked it!). 

HENRY AND JOHN were rely nice and they gave me a basket of goodies from LEON.

My finished dish

The tasting

Me with Mia and Poppy

The day finished with a cookery demonstration from Raymond of pistou soup and chocolate mousse. I think they are rely beautiful. some day I want to have my own restaurant like Raymond. It would be nice to cook for him again in his restaurant!

 the weekend was a life time experience.


  1. Wow Laura that's amazing! Your mum and dad must be so proud. Keep following your dream - you are clearly very talented. Jacqui, barney, Alexander, niamh and Siobhan xx

  2. So chuffed for your achievements so far, and just think if you have achieved all this at such a young age what do you think you can do in the future??? Keep up all the great work in the kitchen, and maybe someday we might be booking a table at your restaurant!!

  3. Well done Laura. I am very jealous of this fantastic experience you have had. I would love for you to show me how you made your dish as I am scared of squid! Keep cooking. You have great things ahead of you.

  4. Fantastic photos Laura! I would love a copy if your mum has any spare. Well done again,
    Miss T xx


  5. Such an inspirational and enthusiastic wee cook! Raymond best watch his back, you are a wee star in the making Laura! Well done, loving your style! ;-)

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