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Letter recieved from student attending Alan`s cookery class - 29/10/10
Hi to all at the Academy, I had the great pleasure of attending the 'Ready in Minutes' course on Tuesday 26th October with Alan Coxon. I wanted to say a massive thank you for such a great and entertaining course. Having an interest in cooking as I do, and being bought it for a birthday present, I must say that this has really ignited my passion for cooking, and the simplicity with which Alan delivered the recipes, together with the empowering way in which they were executed makes it even more fulfilling.   to summarise, I found the academy to be a very relaxed yet fun, inspiring yet homely, friendly yet focussed place to visit, whilst providing excellent facilities (including using JC's home oven!) and wish to express my sincere thanks to Alan Coxon, Mario (amazing support to all of us on the day), Debi (and the admin team) and Jean-Christophe, for providing me with the best culinary experience of my life, and one of the best birthday presents anyone could ever have. Finally, I was wondering whether it was possible to have a copy of the recipes that we cooked on the day, (I did buy Alan's book as well, but some of them we cooked weren't in there!) and whether it was possible to be sent a copy of the photo that Mario took at the end of the day as a memento of the day? Many thanks, and my sincere gratitude!Chris Proctor
More media coverage from Istanbul - 25/10/10
More info from last weeks cookery demonstration given to 40 head Turkish chefs in Istanbul last week 
Demonstration given to 40 head chefs in Istanbul - 22/10/10
A few pics taken from my cookery demonstration given to 40 Turkish head chefs in Istanbul
My first ever visit to Turkey and was amazed at the kindness and generosity of the people.
Had some fantastic food and delved a little into the historic Ottoman cuisine .
A few pics from my cookery demonstration given to 40 Turkish head chefs in Instanbul .
Maitrise Escoffier Award - 12/10/10
TV Chef/presenter ,food Archaeologist, author and broadcaster Alan Coxon has been awarded the "Maitrise Escoffier" award by the Conseil Culinaire Francais .The award on recommendation of the President of the Association Culinaire is in recognition for achievements within the culinary profession.Alan who received notice of the award in the post says ,"this was a complete surprise and a great honour and privilege to have been recognised by such a leading culinary body and by my peers ". Alan who has worked in a variety of hotels and restaurants around the world including the Loews hotel Monte Carlo where he spent time working in the Michelin star restaurant the "Foie Gras",his own restaurant in the Isle of Man to opening and running the largest 4 star hotel in Paris leading a brigade of 65 International chefs . Alan has also developed a global following for his TV presentations such as Ever Wondered about food for BBC2 , Coxon`s Royal Feast for BBC Worldwide to 4 years as guest presenter on the Gloria Hunniford Open house and 4 years on the UK TV food networks.Alan has written 3 books to date and has also created a unique range of multi award winning food products , including a 15th century Mediaeval Old English "Ale-Gar" ,a Roman period Vinaigre and an Ancient Greek Vinaigre All three products are now being exported and to 9 countries around the globe. For more information about Alan, his products and biog please log onto Tel 01386 830299or e-mail iTQi superior taste award winner  Brussels 2010 Winner of the Innovation award Anuga Germany 2009Winner of the coveted Gold Award,  “Excellence in food and drink” Winner of the Innovative product of the year award  Winner of the best potato recipe of the world Winner of the Midlands Innovation award of the year 2009 Finalist for the craft Guild of chefs “Development chef of the year 2009Finalist for the Midlands business person of the year award 2010 Finalist for the Midlands Exporter of the year award 2010   Member of the Academy of culinary arts, Member of  Guild of Food Writers, Member of the Association culinaire, Master chef of Great Britain, Winner of 5 gold awards for Fat sculpture , Voted within the top 10 favourite  BBC TV Chef presenters in a world-wide poll , holder of the Palms Culinaire , Member of the International Travel Writers Alliance,. 
Keep away illness this winter with " onions " ! - 09/10/10
ONIONS In 1919 when the “flu” killed 40 million people there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat the illness.  Many of their  farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.  When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing differently, the wife replied that she had placed a peeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions.  She gave him one, which he placed under the microscope.  He found the 'flu virus in the onion.  It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy.   Another story regarding an hairdresser  said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers.
The next year she placed several bowls containing onions around her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick.  It must work... and no, she is not in the onion business. The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home.
If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk .  Try it and see what happens  this winter.  
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better.  If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.  What have you to lose?  Just a few quid on onions..!!!  
Another article I read whilst doing some food archaeological research was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black death / plague years ago.  They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
The Ancient Egyptians refused to work  on the Pyramids  unless they had a daily supply of Garlic as they believed that it gave them strength and kept away ill health .
In Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome onions were used to treat heart problems .
They also used them to rub on cuts to clean the wound and even on acne
This general natural medicine was also used clear sinus problems and today doctors have acknowledged that they may help reduce cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting !
The Romans also used to hand out onions to the poor who used to eat them as we do apples today !. 

Just a note of warning , never use a saved onion as the onion will have drawn in airborne bacteria and this will then  be found in the onion, causing potentially ill health or even food poisoning !    

The word Onion comes from the Latin Unio meaning single pearl and union , coming from the fact that the onion is made up of a variety of circles making one whole!.

There are over 500 different varieties of onion with relatives such as leeks, chives spring onion and garlic .

Have a healthy winter !
Singles Seperated and Divorced e-book now on line - 05/10/10
Delighted to announce the launch of a new e-book aimed at the singles seperated and divorced.Stunning healthy and tasty recipes for one !
Jean Christoph Noveli Cookery School - 01/10/10
I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching a full day cookery course at the Jean Christoph Novelli Cookery School on the 26th October 2010
The theme will be "Ready in Minutes " with recipes taken from my cook book.
Hope to see you there.
Judge of the Legacy of Taste Awards 2010 - 01/10/10
It has been a pleasuere to be a part of the judging team to find the UK`s best Chinese restaurant 2010 .
I recently visited restaurants in Scotland, London and Manchester.
The results will be out later this month ! 
New wholesale and retail store to open soon - 23/08/10
I am delighted to announce that I have obtained and about to open a new retail and wholesale store for my historic vinegars , Ale-gar and other products coming on board soon.
The store will allow me to offer customers a taste of the products as well as give me space to develop and expand the ranges and the hamper service.
I will keep you posted with the launch dates! 
Food range available from foodado - 19/08/10
Delighted to announce that I have a dedicated online store with my Unique multi award winning historic Ale-Gar , Roman and Ancient Greek Vinaigres.

click here to go direct to foodado