I am the winner of the Michael Caines Uniform Foodies challenge!

When I was selected as one of three finalists for the Uniform Foodies challenge I was over the moon. I could not contain myself for the idea of going to an exclusive cook off in London with Michael Caines.

The excitement of being given the opportunity to be cooking with a Michelin star chef was overwhelming.  But I never would have imagined that I could also be the winner of the challenge! Sometimes life brings you the unexpected.

What a roller coaster of emotions. I was really nervous of meeting him at first and thought I would find it difficult to cook whilst being watched by a top chef. Besides I am not into competitions. Too nerve wracking.

In the end, to my surprise, I felt immediately at ease. Michael has a very calm, kind and easy going personality.

michael caines

It was also nice to meet the other two contestants: Vicky of The Free From Fairy and Nova of Cherished by Me.

It was actually the first time I met other fellow bloggers and it was great to have a chat and exchange ideas and blogging tips. I really enjoyed that. I was also looking forward to trying Vicky’s and Nova’s dishes too.

And off we started.. let’s cook!

cooking uniform foodies

cooking together

preparing the final dish

It was great to get tips and advice from a Michelin star chef and I certainly made the most of it!

talking to michael caines

I asked Michael cookery tips like: “Do you season your meat before cooking it or afterwards?”. I have always being in doubt about this one. Some people say it gets tough if you season it before. He said seasoning before cooking it is perfectly fine. There you go, a tip from a top chef!

preparing chicken

My chicken and potatoes almost ready to be dished up!

cooking the dish

And finally Michael tastes the dishes…

michael tasting the dishes

Vicky made a Malai Kofta Curry and Nova a Warm Goats Cheese and Pancetta Salad with Walnut Soda Bread.
I loved both dishes. I really liked the delicate taste of the soda bread with the melted goat cheese and salad; the curry was creamy, flavorsome and with all those crunchy cashew nuts very addictive. I would not know which one to pick!

the three dishes

And…drums beating..announcing the winner!

Oh my.. It’s me! My Mediterranean lemon chicken salad with rosemary new potatoes was the winning dish!

mediterranean chicken salad

showing off my dish

showing off my dish

Here I am showing off the Uniform Foodies winning certificate!

my certificate uniform foodies

My prize will be a night with posh dinner at Michael Caine’s hotel, Gidleigh Park. What a treat!

So proud and so HAPPY!!  How could I ever forget this experience!

the challenge uniform foodies

certificate uniform foodies

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28 Responses to I am the winner of the Michael Caines Uniform Foodies challenge!

  1. Vohn's Vittles

    Whoop Whoop! Many many congratulations Alida. I am so very pleased for you. I may only know you online but I am grinning from ear to ear I am so delighted to hear your wonderful news! I hope they are giving you a very special badge to put on your very special blog too! x

    • Alida

      Thank you Vohn, you are very sweet. This has been a really special time for me, one of those ones I will never forget!

  2. gloria

    Congrats!!!!
    Well deserved cara.Always yours plates are georgeous Alida:))

    • Alida

      Thank you Gloria!

  3. Choclette

    Hooray and good for you Alida. But I have to say I am not at all surprised, I have every faith in your cookery skills. What a fabulous prize, a night in Gidleigh Park should be something to remember. Congratulations.

    • Alida

      Thank you so much Choclette, I am are really delighted. I still cannot believe I won. It was a pleasant surprise for me!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    CONGRATULATIONS! I had no doubt that you would win! What an amazing experience that must have been. The other ladies I am sure had wonderful dishes, but yours apparently made his taste buds dance. Your dish of Mediterranean lemon chicken salad with rosemary new potatoes, looks awesome! Love all of the photos, you look very calm. I would have been like a crazy person… I love the prize you won, a posh dinner at Michael Caine’s hotel. Time to get a sitter for the children, you and your husband I am sure will enjoy that! I am thrilled for you and I now know a celebrity! (you)
    Have a wonderful day….thank you for sharing this, I was thinking about you and wondering what happened.
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Dottie, so sweet of you. Even if it looked like, I was not that calm at all but I am glad it didn’t show! Blogging can be so rewarding sometimes and all the hard work can really pay off! I can say it was all worth it now! X

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  6. la cucina di Molly

    Che fantastica esperienza, sono felice per te, le mie congratulazioni Alida! Grazie per aver condiviso con noi questo evento! Un bacione!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Molly. Un bacione!

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Well done you! That is so exciting. You must be absolutely thrilled. Hang on to that feeling for as long as you can……. you deserve it!

  8. Cherished By Me

    Congratulations again, it was great to meet you. 🙂

    • Alida

      Hello! I really enjoyed meeting you too and well done to you too. I will be making your fab salad soon! X

  9. Louise

    Hi Alida!

    We are all so proud of you! You look adorable carefully checking over your dishes while chatting with the chef. I’ve often wondered about seasoning before or after myself. I also wonder about whether to cook the garlic first or the onions but that’s for another day, lol…

    You did fantastic and I must say, I am not surprised. Your cooking enthusiasm reflects in all the delciousness you share with us. I wish I could just hug you!!! Congratulations you “Star” a memory you will cherish forever:) Thank you so sharing your experience with us:)

  10. Francesca Catanuso

    Auguri capo!
    You deserve it. Your dish (and these photos!) looks wonderful.

  11. Vicki - The Free From Fairy

    It was great to meet you! Congratulations once again on a deserved win. Enjoy Gidleigh. I hope you can find someone to have the children for you 😉

    • Alida

      Hello Vicky! I really enjoyed meeting you and well done to you too. My husband is hoping I learn to make decent curries one day. At least I have a really good and tested recipe at hand now. I must say I loved your Malai dish! Hope to meet up with you again one day! x

  12. Catherine

    Congratulations dear Alida!! I am very happy for you. Wonderful things do happen and enjoy each moment. I am sure you are over the moon and it is a beautiful acknowledgement to all the beautiful dishes you make. Blessings dear, Catherine xo

    • Alida

      Thank you Catherine. It is true lovely things happen in life which give us that lift we all sometimes need. I am very grateful for this experience.

  13. Sue Olivnant

    What an amazing achievement, you and your family must be so proud of you. Bravo. Cooking under the eyes of a camera must have been so nerve wracking! Would love to see a new cookery book of lovely Italian recipes. Well done. Amore Sue & Phil

    • Alida

      Thank you Sue! But where did you learn your perfect Italian? I have seen it on facebook and I was very impressed 🙂 hope both of you are well. Baci (kisses!)

  14. Sue Olivnant

    Hi Alida, I have to admit that I had the help of an Italian speaking friend, but I have thought about learning Italian – just so that I can understand Inspector Montalbano! Love to you all! xxx

    • Alida

      We just watched it last night on catch-up. Love the Montalbano series! Hope everything is well with you xxx

  15. Diana

    Ok Alida! This is the most exciting thing ever! Great job! Gosh! What an achievement. And who could ever look so cute while cooking, let alone look cute in a cooking competition? Only you I think! Great job! BRAVA!!!!!

    • Alida

      Ma cara sei carinissima 🙂 thank you for all your lovely comments. I was just lucky really! But we all need a lift from time to time don’t we? It was a great experience indeed.

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