‘T-rex eggs’ on the menu of celebrity chef at Eden Project
CELEBRITY chef Paul Ainsworth has come up with a cracking idea to mark the Eden Project’s harvest season – an exotic dish which he says reminds him of dinosaur eggs.
His unusual dish is one of his all-time favourites, smoked haddock scotch eggs with coronation mayonnaise and black pudding.
Paul is one of a series of culinary stars set to appear at the first-ever Celebrity Chef Week, which begins next Saturday, September 7 and runs until Sunday, September 15.
He said: “I feel like such a young boy again at Eden when you see giant plants that are bigger than you.
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“You go through the biggest doors I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s absolutely amazing. It all reminds me of Jurassic Park.
“Fittingly, my scotch egg looks like a baby tyrannosaurus rex egg that could be found somewhere among all the jungly plants and trees.
“This dish is really personal to me. I’ve always had smoked haddock on the menu in some way as it is such an incredible ingredient.
“This version has got to be my favourite. There are so many textures to it, from the crispy crunchy outside, to the flavoursome fish, then the runny egg inside, which surprises people.”
Paul, who runs the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No 6 in Padstow, will be appearing on the Sunday, September 8.
A classically trained chef, he served his apprenticeship working under some of the most respected figures in the industry.
In London from 1998, he spent two years with Gary Rhodes and then six years with Gordon Ramsay.
Earlier this year, Paul appeared on the BBC2 TV series Great British Menu.
Celebrity Chef Week at Eden kicks off on the Saturday with the appearance of Monica Galetti, judge on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals and protégé of Michel Roux, Jr.
On September 9 Eden is dedicating a day to sushi-making with demonstrations on preparing the Japanese delicacy while on September 10, Allegra McEvedy, chef in residence at The Guardian and co-presenter of BBC2’s Economy Gastronomy, will be the star of Eden's demo kitchen.
John Whaite, winner of last year’s BBC series The Great British Bake Off, will be at Eden on September 11 and food writer and 2011 winner of the BBC’s Masterchef Tim Anderson, will be showing off his culinary skills on September 13.
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