Posted in: Latest News, 28th March, 2017

Norden’s celebrity chef hosts cooking demo at Greenbooth Village

Celebrity chef Andrew Nutter delighted guests at a VIP preview of the new showhome at Greenbooth Village in Norden with a hugely entertaining cooking demo and plates full of fantastic food.

Andrew Nutter, Greenbooth Village, Showhome opening, Norden, Rochdale

The former Rochdale Man of the Year, whose restaurant is just a couple of minutes from the development, was guest of honour at the event which also included off-plan buyers, the three Norden councillors – James Gartside, Michael Holly and Peter Winkler – and members of the Russell Homes team.

He was joined in the new showhome kitchen by Norma Pope from Edenfield, who will be moving to Greenbooth Village in August, and Norden local Jan Law who won her place at the table following a visit to the site earlier in the month. The pair helped Andrew to prepare a trio of dishes and got the chance to enjoy their creations alongside Norma’s husband Philip and Jan’s sister-in-law Karen, while an envious audience looked on. Luckily for them, Nutters was also catering the event and Andrew whipped up a vast selection of tasty canapes much to the delight of the invited guests.

Andrew Nutter said: “What a good time we had. The ladies were great sports and their dishes were fantastic, they did so well. We started off with an omelette challenge to warm up the crowd, and I threw in a few tricky techniques to keep them on their toes. I let them off doing the dessert as they’d worked so hard so I made that for them. I’m pleased to say there wasn’t anything left on the plates by the end, so I guess everyone enjoyed the food.

“The event was really good fun and I was pleased to be able to meet the Russell Homes team behind the project. There are amazing things happening all over the great borough of Rochdale. It’s fantastic to see a company making such an investment in this town, and really helping to put Norden on the map.”

Competition winner Jan, a keen baker in her free time, was delighted to be part of the cook-off. “I never win anything so this was amazing, what a fantastic prize. I do love to cook and enjoyed learning some new things with Andrew, I’ve eaten at his restaurant many times and never thought I’d be cooking alongside him. I don’t normally do fish and I never fillet it myself, so it was great to give that a go. He was a real entertainer and made the whole thing so much fun. The event was brilliant and it was lovely to meet the Russell Homes team and have a look around the beautiful new showhome. “

Norma, who is the first to buy a property at Greenbooth Village, added: “We found our new home because we were passing on our way to Nutters restaurant with one of our daughters and had some time to kill. I just can’t believe I got to actually cook with him at this event, it’s such a coincidence.

“I loved the development but didn’t think my husband would actually agree as he was looking for a really rural location up in the Ribble Valley. But, the fact that we’re surrounded by fields, overlooking a reservoir, and can walk straight out onto the Pennine trails from the front door, convinced him. And of course we’re just across the fields from Nutters so we’re already looking forward to popping back to say hi, now we’re all acquainted.”

Nutter cooks up a storm for showhome opening

  • Andrew welcomes guests
    Andrew welcomes guests
  • Showing off locally sourced ingredients to former Rochdale Mayor Jane Gartside and Norden councillor Peter Winkler
    Showing off locally sourced ingredients to former Rochdale Mayor Jane...
  • The
    The "Cook Off" contestants Norma Pope and Jan Law
  • A quick demo from the professional
    A quick demo from the professional
  • And they're off with the first course: Garstang Blue and Wild Garlic Souffle Omelette
    And they're off with the first course: Garstang Blue and Wild Garlic...
  • Norma and Jan getting into the swing of things
    Norma and Jan getting into the swing of things
  • Omelette challenge complete
    Omelette challenge complete
  • Next up, the fish course
    Next up, the fish course
  • Learning new skills
    Learning new skills
  • Getting the hang of it now
    Getting the hang of it now
  • The boss helps plate up
    The boss helps plate up
  • This is how the experts do it
    This is how the experts do it
  • A stunning plate of food: Herb Crusted Brill with heritage cauliflower cheese
    A stunning plate of food: Herb Crusted Brill with heritage cauliflower...
  • It tasted as good as it looked
    It tasted as good as it looked
  • And the guests dined on delicious canapés
    And the guests dined on delicious canapés
  • A great time was had by all
    A great time was had by all