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As a Chef, one of my guilty pleasures on T.V is the BBC show, Masterchef. I don't tend to watch many cooking programmes because it feels like too much of a Busman's Holiday but this is one I really enjoy (though I would never want to paticipate - I enjoy a challenge but the pressure on these shows is immense! Give me 150 covers any day of the week!).
Like Gregg, one of the two regular Judges on the show, I like my puddings. And often, whilst watching the show, I am often amazed by how similar my taste is to Greggs. Many of the things he likes on the show, I often imagine I would enjoy also!
So it will come to no surprise then that when I saw this book sitting in a Charity Shop that I decided to purchase it!
The book is absolutely chock full of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes from the fairly simplistic and classical Bakewell Tart to the slightly more complicated Butterscotch Meringue Pie. There are traditional puds such as Treacle Sponge and Spotted Dick, more ambitious offerings such as Earl Grey Sorbet and Hot Chocolate Liqeur Souffle and everything in between. Everything is divided into handy chapters such as "Fruity Puddings" and "Tarts, Flans and Cheesecakes" and many of the recipes within contain insider hints and tips from Gregg himself including serving suggestions and ways you can improve the dish above and beyond the basic recipe! Even for a skilled Professional like myself, this book is a handy guide in the kitchen and has provided me with much inspiration to take away and use in my own desserts!
If I have a couple of issues, it is that some of these recipes have appeared elsewhere before (like on the BBC Food Website and in a couple of magazines) and that, in a couple of instances, a few of the recipes I already use (such as Prue Leith's Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe) produce better and tastier results than those offered in this book. But, on the whole, many of these recipes are very good and perfect for the Amateur Chef with visions of grandeur who wants to impress!
I like the way that this book is aimed somewhere in the middle of the road so that both Amateurs and Professionals can get something out of it alike. And if you have ever watched Masterchef and thought "I could do better than that!" then this is your chance to find out!