Reza is best known as the flamboyant and highly entertaining TV chef, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Indian food. He has received high praise for his last three Food Network series Reza’s African Kitchen and Reza, Spice Prince of India and Reza, Spice Prince of Thailand/Spice Prince of Vietnam.
He has made recent appearances on BBC’s The One Show as guest chef and judge for the UK Food and Farming Awards and guest chefs for ITV’s This Morning. The British Curry Awards awarded Reza the special recognition award 2015 for his contribution to the UK curry industry. Reza’s Indian Spice was published with Quadrille to much acclaim, winning 2nd prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards (Indian section) and Editor’s Pick in The Bookseller. Drawing from his encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian food, Reza combines Indian and Western flavours to stunning effect, delivered in his informal, humorous style. Reza cut his televisual teeth on Flavours of India in 1993/4 but he really came into his own as co-presenter with Sanjeev Bhaskar on Delhi Belly in 2001 for UKTV. The much talked-about series is still being repeated on air to this day and has lost none of its popularity. In 2002 Channel 4 came looking for the next big star for their hugely popular series A Place in France and found it in Reza Mahammad. This resulted in the completion of the next two series,A Place in France II and III. Reza’s relationship with UKTV resumed with Coconut Coast in 2003 and was followed by United States of Reza in 2004. Reza has a wealth of experience on the food festival circuit, headlining most recently at The Good Food and Wine Shows Durban, Cape Town, Jo’burg, Kuwait Food Festival, The Taste of Dubai, Taste of Abu Dhabi, Leicester Food Festival, Russia Food Festival as well as BBC Good Food Shows. He is scheduled to make appearances at the Fantastic British Food Festivals this year.
Below you will find all the ingredients needed to follow Reza at home for his delicious recipe for ‘Ricotta pancakes with spiced red and golden plums’
Follow along with Reza in this exclusive video
Ingredients Serves 4
250g ricotta cheese 2 eggs separated plus I whole egg 25g unsalted butter melted plus more for frying 40g sugar ½ tsp vanilla paste/extract finely grated zest of 2 oranges 50g plain flour
For the spiced plum compote
250ml water 225g caster sugar ( add 25g more if the plums are not too ripe and sharp) 3 star anise Juice of 2 oranges ½ tbsp finely grated ginger ¼ tsp salt 200g ripe red plums cut into halves remove the stone then cut into wedges 200g ripe golden plums do the same as the red plums A squeeze of lemon juice optional (if the plums are very sweet)
Reza has a highly regarded cookery school in South West France, Chez Cartier, where he teaches and hosts international clients, showcasing his vast repertoire of cuisines and flavours.
Photograph is the new album by Jaffa Moore, featuring the single You and I. Jaffa is better known as Geoffrey Moore, son of the legendary actor Roger Moore.
Geoffrey recorded the single with the late singer and actor, Naya Rivera, and the accompanying music video includes guest appearances from a host of stars including Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Liam Neeson, JJ Abrams, Piers Morgan, Graham Norton, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Natalie Dormer, Naveen Andrews, Will Poulter, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paris Hilton plus many more all in tribute to Roger Moore.
Geoffrey first started working in the entertainment industry in 1973, when he appeared as a child actor in the film Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a musical starring Kirk Douglas and Susan George. This was followed by Sherlock Holmes In New York in 1976, working alongside his father and John Huston. In total, he has worked on 14 films, and produced Roger Moore’s final movie, The Saint.
As a musician, he secured his first record deal with EMI, working with Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and with Warner Brothers.
In 1999, he founded the successful restaurant chain, Hush of Mayfair. He appeared weekly on ITV’s morning television, and with Gordon Ramsey on his Hell’s Kitchen show.
In 2004 Geoffrey partnered with American filmmaker William J. MacDonald and together they acquired the intellectual property rights to The Saint.
In 2010 he worked alongside his brother Christian at TV7, one of the largest networks based in Eastern Europe.
In 2017 he wrote and produced And the Winner Isn’t which was shortlisted for an Academy Award.
Behind the Olive Trees is the sequel to Francesca Catlow’s poignant novel, The Little Blue Door. The follows Melodie on her continuing journey with Anton and Gaia. Francesca Catlow has created her characters with an insight and perception that is unique to her. These characters are complex and multi-dimensional, reflecting the reality and truth of the human condition.
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Catlow’s characters give the feeling that they are an extension of ourselves. They mirror our inner journey and remind us that life is not straightforward, simple or perfect; that we are transient and continually evolving.
Behind the Olive Trees is a masterpiece in its understanding of self-discovery and the path to finding who we are. Francesca Catlow is an intelligent writer and a genius in her ability to reach out to the reader through her characters. As demonstrated in The Little Blue Door, she is a writer who clearly has a deep insight and understanding of human nature, writing with compassion and depth about a range of human experiences.
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