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Matt Mitchell and Robert Dant, from Christ’s Hospital School, in Sussex, have won the Schwartz Flavour Pairing Challenge at Hospitality 2011 and a ‘money can’t buy’ day with Cyrus Todiwala, celebrated chef and renowned master of spice!

Matt Mitchell and Robert Dant, from Christ’s Hospital School, in Sussex, have won the Schwartz Flavour Pairing Challenge at Hospitality 2011 and a ‘money can’t buy’ day with Cyrus Todiwala, celebrated chef and renowned master of spice!

The pair managed to impress the judges and take ‘Gold’ by creating a fabulous feast of pan-fried, line-caught hake with chorizo, oregano and butterbean, poached squid, sautéed spinach and oregano sauce Romanesco, followed by a beautiful, 'on trend' taster plate of mini desserts including cinnamon and hazelnut mille feuille, cinnamon and rum sponge and hazelnut amaretti with coffee gel and cinnamon syrup.

All teams had to demonstrate real innovation with flavour using this year’s Flavour Pairings from Schwartz with just 45 minutes to prepare, cook and present a two-course meal; either a starter and main course or a main course and sweet. Competitors had to include two of the Schwartz Flavour Pairings from the 2011 Flavour Forecast, one pairing in each dish.

James Millward, Commercial Director, McCormick (UK) Ltd: “The standards set by the participants in the Salon competitions never fail to impress; not only in the skills demonstrated on the day whilst under immense pressure, but the level of planning and creativity that goes in to the menus. Schwartz for Chef will continue to support this event, which aims to encourage inspiration and share our passion in flavours with the participants.”

Every year, Schwartz, McCormick’s flagship consumer brand in the UK and the number one herbs and spices brand in the UK, publishes its Flavour Forecast and this time, eight leading chefs, all members of the Craft Guild of Chefs, were invited to share their thoughts and submit ideas for how they saw the pairings might appear on our plates in the forthcoming year. To find out more about this year’s pairings; coconut and chive, oregano and butter beans, coriander leaf and fennel, turmeric and tomato and cinnamon and hazelnut, and for some delicious recipes, go to www.flavourforecast.com and download your free copy.

For more information on the complete range of products available from McCormick and delicious recipe ideas call FREEPHONE 08081 000363 or visit www.schwartzforchef.com

Notes to Editors:
In 2008, Schwartz produced the first Flavour Forecast for the European market.  Following the success of subsequent reports in 2009 and 2010, leading chefs have again worked closely with experts at Schwartz to identify exclusive flavour pairings which are revealed in the 2011 Flavour Forecast, along with a number of inspiring recipes.

The chefs that collaborated on the Schwartz 2011 Flavour Forecast were; Mark Hix, Simon Rimmer, Nick Vadis, Christopher Basten, Simon Hulstone, Jean-Phillippe Bidart, Michael Godfrey and Gary Hunter

McCormick Foodservice is a division of McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, herbs, seasonings and other flavours, to the entire food industry; foodservice, food manufacturers and retail. Founded in 1889 in Baltimore, McCormick has approximately 7,500 employees around the world, with net sales of $3.2 billion in 2009.

The McCormick Foodservice Division operates across Europe in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Switzerland.  McCormick Foodservice brands in the UK include: Schwartz for Chef, Hammonds’ sauces, Bick’s relishes and Camp Coffee concentrate.  The McCormick Foodservice Division also supplies a selection of goods under the Noël’s brand.  These include their renowned Olives, Cherries and Baking Sundries.  The full Schwartz for Chef range includes over 100 products, including herbs, spices, seasonings, spices, garlic’s, salad accompaniments, mustard and wet sauces.  

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