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Stand out Starters

The starters you serve present, for most, the first opportunity to make a good impression – so they have to be right.

“The most popular starters in the kitchen at Christmas will always be soup, pâté and prawn cocktail because they are easy to pre-prep and will keep service moving fast,” said Darren Chapman, Nestlé Professional business development chef.

However, personal touches and on trend twists can make them stand out and be remembered long after the main course has been served.

To begin
Serving canapés before a meal will not only ease the pressure off the kitchen (especially if it is a big party) but make it a more relaxing, enjoyable experience for the customer. “It always takes time
to serve everyone, so it’s nice to have something to nibble on while you are waiting,” said Greg Marchand, founder of Frenchie Covent Garden in London. “I am a huge fan of pigs in blankets, sausage rolls and devils on horseback – fun and delicious!”

What to do
• Offer soup in mini loaves of bread
• Always serve pâté with warm, fresh bread
• Prawn cocktail served in a retro glass bowl still stands the test of time. However, to bring it right up to date why not serve it on a lettuce leaf cup balanced on a slate or change to lobster, chipotle or habanero mayo and add avocado or lobster to the salad

Source: Darren Chapman, Nestlé Professional business development chef

“A nice alternative to smoked salmon is our version of gravadlax; where we use sea trout and cure it with No.3 Gin.”  View the No.3 Gin Cured Sea Trout recipe here

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