Iberica and Action Against Hunger Tapas Challenge:
I’m a big fan of Iberica, the Spanish tapas restaurant. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Iberica Farringdon for lunch and enjoyed some real treats – both classic and updated tapas dishes, all cooked impeccably.
I do enjoy making tapas at home too. While you might think making these small plates is a bit too fiddly if there’s just one or two people, I have a few ultra simple and very quick tapas dishes that work really well. It’s important to remember that the origin of tapas is as a plate of food used to cover your pre-meal glass of sherry. A little iberico ham, some chorizo, olives, tomato bread…that kind of thing.
I suspect though that the Iberica’s recently launched tapas recipe competition to raise money for Action against Hunger might be looking for something a little more complicated.
For those who are interested, you can submit your own Spanish tapas recipe on the Iberica website (closing date 8 January 2015). The five best recipes will be shortlisted and announced on 9 January 2015 and the finalists will be invited for an exclusive one on one master class with Iberica’s group head chef Cesar Garcia to develop their recipes to restaurant standard.
Finally, on 19th January, Iberica Canary Wharf will host the competition finale – a serious cook-off when each finalist will be presenting their dish to a panel of judges that includes Andrew Neather from the London Evening Standard, Christine Hayes from Olive Magazine, David Munoz from the 3 michelin star DiverXO and Iberica’s Executive Head Chef, Nacho Manzano who has two michelin stars for Casa Marcial and one for La Salgar. The event will be open to the public and there will be a drinks reception and raffle with all proceeds going to Action against Hunger. If you want to book for what sounds like a spectacular event tickets cost £35 from the Action Against Hunger site.
Of course there are some great prizes for the winners. The first prize comprises a trip to Asturias to visit Nacho Manzano’s two michelin star restaurant Casa Marcial, a £300 gift voucher to spend at Iberica, the chance to record a professional video for Iberica’s recipe club and of course their winning dish featured on the Iberica menu from 15th February to 15th April 2015
Both second and third prize winners get £300 each to spend at Iberica, with the 2nd prize winner enjoying a private meal cooked by Cesar Garcia at their own home.
And, once the dish is on the Iberica menu, one pound from the sale of each winning dish will be donated to help support Action Against Hunger.
I’m hoping to find enough time between now and the end of the year to send in my own entry, but meanwhile, posting this so that everyone gets a chance to enter if they are interested. Action against Hunger is a humanitarian organisation with a vision to end world hunger. They run life saving programmes to help stop malnourishment and provide safe drinking water in more than 45 countries and have helped over 7 million people.
So, do have a go, or consider going to the event on the 19th January.
To book tickets for the Tapas final check the special page on the Action against Hunger site
For more information on the competition and to submit your recipe please check the Iberica Restaurant recipe club