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James Martin cooks beer and food matching dinner for students

Published:  10 November, 2011

Chef and presenter of BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, James Martin, cooked up a bespoke four-course beer and food matching dinner for students at the London School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Martin joined forces with former student of the school, Lawrence Keogh, head chef at "Roast" in London's Borough Market, whilst beer expert Rupert Ponsonby worked with the team to develop the beer matches and introduce them to the guests at the dinner.

The aim was to chef-duo led a team of current students in the creation of all four courses to be served at the school's Pillar's restaurant, under the Academy of Culinary Arts's charitable long-term project 'Chefs Adopt a School'.

Dishes included; tian of brown Cornish crab with avocado and tomato, crème fraiche and chives paired with Chalky's Bite Wheat Beer; deep fried soft boiled hen's egg with ham hock and shallot purée matched with St Austell's Clouded Yellow Wheat Beer; and classic glazed lemon tart with sweet goat's cheese cream matched with Melville's Strawberry Beer.

David Foskett, MBE CMA and head of the London School of Hospitality and Tourism, said: "Events like these add prestige to our university and highlight the distinctiveness of our school in enhancing the student experience by working alongside celebrity chefs.

"We are also at the forefront in supporting the Academy of Culinary Arts's charitable long-term project 'Chefs Adopt a School' '".

This school is part of the University of West London of which James Martin is an honorary professor.