St. Andrews International Cook-off

Well, in all my years of being privy to a whole plethora of International cook-offs, I can quite honestly say I believe the victory in this particular cook-off would be a deserved champion of champions!

All the chefs out-did themselves overall, with team GB knocking out a wonderful, traditional dish of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and the Yankee-Doodle Dandies working their charms on the old bacon and beans. However, the winning dish was a little bit incredible.

Now, for any of you who have the privilege to know me (Joe) will know that my Italian heritage renders me biased to the Italian nation on all accounts. Despite my strongest urges of patriotism aside, the Butternut Squash and Truffle Butter Risotto was a complete tour de force!

The care in which Damiano took in cooking his risotto is something akin to a mother nurturing her newborn child! Infusing the dish of rice and slowly braised slices of butternut squash with a careful scraping of truffle butter, a work of art was created – I would certainly not have minded paying a small fortune (the truffle butter alone came to an astronomical price! But well worth it.)

Keeping in the true spirit of cook-offs, the whole thing was polished off with gusto by the judges and all the contributors so well done to all!


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