Tuesday 16 November, 7:30pm on Five
Amanda Lamb hosts the food show celebrating fresh, seasonal produce. Coming from a different British market town each week, the programme sees two local chefs go head to head to cook the best two-course meal they can using ingredients bought that day from the market. This week’s show takes place in Doncaster and features such dishes as grilled halloumi with black olive risotto, an olive, cheese and tomato tart and floating meringues in ginger custard. The two professionals taking part in this week’s show are school cooks Lisa Scrivens and Jo Gore, from Edlington St Mary’s Catholic primary and Intake primary respectively. Taking a break from preparing the likes of corned-beef hash and spotted dick, both cooks are itching to expand their culinary horizons. “We’re very limited in what we can do with the school menu,” says Jo. “It’s good to broaden your experiences,” adds Lisa. Lisa and Jo’s challenge is to search Doncaster market for the best ingredients they can find, then use that produce to create a spectacular twocourse meal. But the cooks will not be working from the comfort of their usual school kitchens. Instead, they will have to prepare and cook their dishes in an alfresco kitchen in the heart of the town centre, under the watchful eyes of shoppers, traders and the ‘Street Market Chefs’ judges. This week, the judging panel consists of Dave Booker, head chef at Mount Pleasant restaurant, Peter Davies, the mayor of Doncaster, and Darren Burke, features editor at the Doncaster Free Press. Aware that Jo and Lisa will be feeling the pressure, Dave offers some words of encouragement. “Don’t panic,” he advices. “Blank the crowd out.” After selecting their raw ingredients, the chefs are given one special element that they must incorporate into one of their dishes. On this occasion, the ingredient is olives, grown at an independent farm in Crete and then sold at Doncaster market by the farmer himself. The pair then have half an hour to knock up a main dish they think will wow the judges.