Chefs challenged to grow tastebuds at Birmingham festival

By Becky Paskin

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Chefs challenged to grow tastebuds at Birmingham festival
Luke Tipping, executive chef of Simpsons, and Aktar Islam, head chef of Lasan, have been challenged to create inventive gourmet dishes designed specifically for children at this year’s Taste of Birmingham

Michelin starred chefs Luke Tipping and Aktar Islam will later this month battle to win the Taste of Birmingham​ (9-12 July) Growing Gourmet Tastebuds challenge, by cooking inventive dishes for young children.

The Birmingham-based chefs will present a panel of babies, toddlers, school children and their parents with recipes specifically designed to introduce youngsters to some new flavours.

Tipping, executive chef of Simpsons​ restaurant, has created a menu of Cheesy Fish Pie with broccoli and sweetcorn for the babies; Sweet Potato, Chicken and Apple Bake for the toddlers; and Toasted Cracked Wheat Salad for the school children.

Islam, chef at Lasan​ and winner of the British Curry Award 2008, will present a more adventurous, Indian-inspired menu of Warm Vermicelli Pudding scented with Cinnamon and Green Cardamom and Sprinkled with Crushed Pistachio and Rusk Croutons for the babies; a Summer Berry Shirkhand for the toddlers; and Spiced Tomato and Cumin scented Rice with Chargrilled Summer Vegetables for the school children.

The taste test will be held in a secret location, with the winner being crowned at the Taste of Birmingham festival later this month.

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