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Michael Caines cooks up a storm at Devon Life’s first Theatre Kitchen Event

PUBLISHED: 16:01 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:01 11 July 2014

Guests were able to see all of the details of Michael's demonstration.

Guests were able to see all of the details of Michael's demonstration.

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Devon’s two-Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines demonstrated his culinary skills at a Theatre Kitchen event for Devon Life readers, as ALEX HURLEY reports

The tiny marmalades and jams presented by The Tiny Marmalade Company.The tiny marmalades and jams presented by The Tiny Marmalade Company.

One of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs, Michael Caines MBE has contributed towards placing Devon firmly on the foodie map.

This week guests watched the man himself cooking exclusively at our very first Devon Life Theatre Kitchen event on Thursday 10 July.

Delicious desserts from Little French CakesDelicious desserts from Little French Cakes

Pairing up with Intoto Kitchen’s Exeter showroom, Michael had the freedom of the sleek kitchen to share some of the dishes featured in his new book, Michael Caines at Home, and the passion behind them.

The two-Michelin starred chef talked us through every chop, splash and pinch, explaining why specific elements were chosen – the flesh of plum tomatoes offers a much nicer texture to normal tomatoes – and how to get the most out of them.

Each dish – pan fried scallops, wild mushroom risotto, and poached and roasted chicken with summer vegetables and a white wine sauce – were dressed on the plate through a process of what Michael called ‘chef’s play’.

There is certainly an art to this cuisine, as Michael expertly draped baby leeks off the chicken breast, and no detail was spared – even the broad beans and peas were peeled.

When asked if he had a favourite ingredient to work with, Michael compared the question to being asked “Do you have a favourite child?”; stressing why the passionate foodie’s new book is centred around ingredients and seasoning.

Our event also included the Tiny Marmalade Company, a new business launched by Paloma Hermoso, showcasing homemade and beautifully packaged little jams and marmalades.

French patisserie specialist, Sylvain Peltier and his company Little French Cakes also featured in the event offering delicious éclairs and macarons, their appearance just as mouth-watering as their taste.

Michael revealed his creative output for his undeniable energy is Gidleigh Park, voted UK’s number one restaurant by Harden’s Sunday Time’s Food List 2014, located in a beautiful part of Devon.

Guests at the event enjoyed canapés provided by Posh Nosh and wines from Devon’s Pebblebed Vineyard. Some took advantage of a special meal and room deal offered by Exeter’s Magdalen Chapter hotel.

Audio visual equipment by Stage Engage meant the audience was able to see exactly what Michael Caines was doing on a big screen above the state-of-the-art induction hob.

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