Battle of Eden 2015
On Saturday the 17th of October 2015, the battle lines were drawn for the 5th battle… and we were invited! This year a theme was introduced for the first time and the chefs were to transform 70s classics into culinary masterpieces of today! And let’s just reveal straight away – *Spoiler Alert* – every single one of them did a FAB-U-LOUS job!
The battle was to play out at Mallory Court, Eden’s wonderful hotel in Leamington Spa. The scene was set with a fabulously groovy (Yeah, Baby) decorated room, tables perfectly laid and all with glitter ball centre pieces and 70s records. 70s dancing music was the evening’s soundtrack, putting everyone in a most groovy mood from the moment we set foot in the room.
The Stars of the Battle of Eden
The 70s classics on the menu was Pate on Toast, Quiche, Prawn Cocktail, Sole Veronique, Coq au Vin, Beef Stroganoff, Arctic Roll and Black Forest Gateaux. The anticipation of each dish brought back memories for the diners of past school dinners, family dinner parties and childhood meals… and as each dish was served, we marvelled, ooh’d and ahh’d at the incredibly innovative ways the chefs had chosen to interpret the classics into the most delicious dishes of today.
When we had enjoyed the final dish, we were asked to score our top 3 dishes and the evening’s stars, the Eden chefs, all joined us for the reveal of the winners who were:
In third place was the delicious Black Forest gateaux created by Stephen from The Mount Somerset.
In second place was my favourite, the Coq au vin, a wonderful dish packed full of flavour by Abi from The Arden Hotel!
And the winner was chef Mark Budd from Bovey Castle who created Dish 1, the Pate and Toast. Huge Congratulations to Mark.. the Battle of Eden cup will now call Bovey Castle home for a year until the battle commences in 2016.
Let’s do the Hustle
At the end of the evening Eden took us all back to the days of NYC’s Studio 54 and we danced the night away disco style.. we did the Hustle, we did the Bump, we did the YMCA.
What a totally fabulous night with so many wonderful Eden Super Stars Xx