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Geeking Out Over… Mark Greenaway on Great British Menu
Edinburgh has been proving its worth when it comes to inspiring cooking over the last few years… we’ve added multiple Michelin stars to our belt, had home grown contestants on MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off, and now our very own Mark Greenaway of No. 12 Picardy Place fame is gracing our screens to show the Great British Menu judges just what we’re made of.
With this year’s show focusing on showcasing the most creative culinary feats for a feast for our Olympian athletes, it looks like Mark Greenaway, molecular gastronomy extraordinaire, should be in with a fighting chance, and with the buzz on Twitter and the blogs, you can tell that the city is behind him.
Last night Mark and his team invited Total Food Geeks members to join a variety of food bloggers and writers at No.12 to share the airing of the first episode of the Scottish heat of the Great British Menu with him.
We watched with excitement as Mark, Alan Murchison and Colin Buchan served up their starters, and were even lucky enough to try Mark’s braised pork cheek served with hot apple jelly and sea buckthorn before the show, and well, all we can say is that we disagree with the score he was given wholeheartedly. The dish was not only visually entrancing, but also delicate, finely tuned, innovative and absolutely delicious.
You can watch the starter episode here, or better yet, Mark will be serving his entire Great British Menu offering at No. 12 Picardy Place (complete with GBM personal score cards) this month.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Mark creates tonight and for the rest of the week – and will be cheering from our sofas the entire time.
On a final note, if you want to find out more about Mark, his approach to life, cooking and social media, we’d highly recommend watching the first in the Cook That series of Edinburgh chef profiles. Created by King Film UK, it’s a great insight into Mark’s mind and methods.
Photo credit: Georgia