The Belgian Arms

The Royal Oak Paley Street
Littlefield Green, Nr. Maidenhead,
Berkshire, SL6 3JN

01628 620 541

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The Royal Oak is in the Michelin Guide 2017
The Royal Oak is in the AA Restaurant Guide 2017
The Royal Oak is in the Good Food Guide 2017

MasterChef - The Professionals

When a 21-year-old professional chef (and our very own Craig) gets next level praise

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Craig entered the competition with a blast – he smashed the skills test and went on to produce his Cannon of Lamb dish, which received great praise from the judges and put him through to the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals, he really showed his ability to think on his feet when in the critical Invention Test he produced an awesome roast duck dish, from the ingredients and produce provided and within the tight timescale! Having earnt his place to cook for the critics he prepared a delicious John Dory dish, that attained high praise from the critics - Jay Rayner, claimed that he’d like to steal his ideas :-). Craig’s goat cheese mousse with compressed apple, aerated white chocolate and a sweet sorrel velouté sealed his place in the Knock Out Week.

In the first day of the Knock Out week Craig had a little wobble when his Gurnard and Raviolo dish didn’t make the grade. Therefore, he was one of the 4 chefs who had to compete for their place in a cook off. Under intense pressure Craig pulled it off with his delicious chocolate and caramel mousse which earnt him his place in day 2 of the Knock Out Week.

Now one of the ten remaining chefs, day two of the Knock Out saw Craig single handedly producing the dessert for the fine-dining menu at a special event for the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who was hosting leading luminaries from the engineering profession. Spot on time, Craig’s passionfruit and lemon parfait with a crystallised white chocolate crumb went down a treat. In the next test the chefs cooked their own personal dish for the judges, and guess what? Craig’s pan-roasted chicken breast and braised thigh with a pine nut crust was named ‘Dish of the Day’ by Marcus Waring, and Monica and Geoff loved it too. The outcome: Craig is now one of the remaining eight chefs going through to the semi-finals.

In the first phase of the semi-finals Craig blew the judges away with his Reinvented Flapjack dessert, pictured below – Yum! There are some really talented chefs competing for the title, which means the judges have some tough decisions to make. We’re happy to say that Craig made it through to the second phase of the semi-finals. Watch MasterChef : The Professionals, BBC 2 at 8pm on Thursday 14th December to see how Craig gets on!


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Skills Test & Signature Dish

Quarter Finals - Invention Test & Cooking for the Critics

Knock Out Week


MasterChef : The Professionals

Craig's through to the finals!! more....

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