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professor green “Merry Christmas Sheffield!”
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CONTENTS The countdown to Christmas is on! And thanks to Professor Green, we’re now in the festive spirit. The rap artist took to the stage at Meadowhall Shopping Centre to turn on their Christmas Lights at the annual outdoor concert and we were there to see the show and grab an interview with the 30 year old chart topper. That’s not all! Our line-up of interviews this issue includes solo-singer Alexa Goddard, Scottish rockpop band Twin Atlantic, Sheffield grime artist AK and business entrepreneur Fraser Doherty. Have you planned your Christmas calendar yet? Check out our What’s On guide to see what’s happening in Sheffield this season and don’t miss our travel guide where we check out London’s top attractions. We’ve also been to review the new Christmas menu at Marco’s in Sheffield and while you’re on our food pages find out what’s happening at Inox Dine this season. Enjoy! Until next month,
What’s on? Chic has your social calendar sorted!
Cover interview Merry Christmas from Professor Green Music interview With Twin Atlantic
Film Festive film listings
Q&A Alexa Goddard
Music interview With AK
Fashion Winter warmers
Beauty Review: Beauty Boxx
Sport Boxing: Ross The Boss
Chic exteriors Inspiration from garden designer Lee Bestall
Chic interiors Take a tour of vintage arts emporium The Nichol’s Building
Food Marco’s Christmas menu / Inox Dine
Travel London Attractions
Motors Winter car checks
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THEATRE DISNEY ON ICE When: Wednesday 5th - Sunday 9th November Where: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Price: £15.40 - £42.90 Allow a nostalgic relaxation where the Disney celebration takes you back to the childhood time. The four day performance will feature 65 of Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Fish Nemo and all the Disney princesses. Prices vary according to the day and time. Make sure not to miss the opportunity to indulge in memories for cartoon animations and characters.
KASABIAN When: Saturday 13 December Where: Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Price: £43.45 - £32.45 Without a doubt 2014 belongs to Kasabian. They headlined Glastonbury, played a historic hometown show in front of 50,000 people at Victoria Park in Leicester and have announced a huge autumn tour. This December, the tour comes to Sheffield with special guests the Maccabees. Tickets: 0114 2 789 789 // Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £41.48 & £30.98.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN When: Wednesday 26th November Where: The Leadmill, Sheffield Price: £26.50 Echo & the Bunnymen will storm the country this November with a burst of rocky energy as they kick off their UK tour. Having their twelfth studio album ‘Meteorites’ released in June 2014, Echo & the Bunnymen cemented their place as one of the most seminal British rock bands. The line-up will surely feature an upbeat and loud performance that gets you up to dance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.leadmill.co.uk.
THE SNOWMAN When: Wednesday 19 – Sunday 23 November Where: Sheffield Lyceum Theatre Price: £17 - 28 When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a nighttime quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking in the Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage twenty years ago in 1993. Be a part of the magic. Tickets: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
WEST SIDE STORY When: Friday 21 – Saturday 22 November Where: The Montgomery Theatre Price: £13.20-16.50 A story of love and rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are taunted by the Jets, as each gang struggles for control of the neighbourhood somewhere in the West Side of New York City amidst the police. Tickets: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
When: Sunday 23 November Where: O2 Academy Sheffield Price: £40
When: Friday 21 – Saturday 22 November Where: The Montgomery Theatre Price: £10
Lily Allen has confirmed a highly anticipated UK tour for winter 2014, with support of Fryars. He co-wrote two tracks on Lily Allen’s number one album Sheezus and sometimes plays live with her, most recently a short notice headline performance at Latitude Festival. Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Don’t miss this star-studded, fun-packed family pantomime starring top TV actress and West End star, Samantha Womack (Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders), the brilliant Dame, Damian Williams, children’s favourite Andy Day (CBeebies) and a full supporting cast. Dick Whittington promises to be spectacular, top-quality family entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script. Last year’s pantomime was seen by over 44,000 people so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk -6-
community LADIES NIGHT When: Thursday 20 November Where: Niagara Conference and Leisure, Wadsley Bridge Price: £5
FRANK SKINNER: MAN IN A SUIT
Ladies! Treat your mum, auntie, sister, best friend to a lovely night and get in the Christmas mood...all while supporting a worthy cause! Do a spot of Christmas shopping from lovely boutique gift stalls, get pampered on the beauty stalls, enjoy some live music, interactive entertainment and catch up with your friends over a cocktail or two. Neurocare raise money for the neuro wards of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Ticket price includes a glass of bubbles and a cupcake. www.neurocare.org.uk // 0114 267 6464
When: Tuesday 25 November Where: Sheffield City Hall Price: £27.50
SHEFFIELD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
Following popular stage show in London, the legendary comics brings his brand new comedy to Sheffield City Hall. Frank Skinner has been described by The Times as ‘provocative, remorseless, and very, very funny’, so the show is sure to be one to watch. Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield City Hall’s box office, online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789.
ALAN DAVIES: LITTLE VICTORIES When: Thursday 27 November Where: Sheffield City Hall Price: £25 / £20 concessions Best known as playing the crime solver Jonathan Creek, the stand-up comedian is back with his hilarious follow up show, Little Victories. This is certainly a gig that will reward you with belly laugh. Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield City Hall’s box office, online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789.
JOHN BISHOP: SUPERSONIC TOUR When: Friday 21 November Where: Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Price: £33 Ground control to Major John! Strap yourselves in, set doors to manual and cross check, the new John Bishop national tour is preparing for take-off! After taking eighteen months off to write his autobiography John is limbering up for his next arena mission. Get ready for a comic boom of guffaws all the way from Plymouth to Glasgow via Dublin and back again. Tickets: 0114 256 56 56
When: Sunday 23 November Where: Sheffield city centre Price: Free The traditional switching on of the Christmas Lights will mark the start of the festive season in Sheffield. Free entry.
CASTLETON LIGHTS SWITCH ON & MARKET When: 15 November Where: Castleton market place Price: Free Father Christmas will take a magical wander through the Enchanted Garden to Santa’s House & Workshop. 11am-7.30pm.
SHEFFIELD MIND CHRISTMAS VINTAGE FAIR When: Saturday 22 November Where: The Circle, Rockingham Lane Price: £1 (under 12’s free). All entry income will go directly to Sheffield Mind charity. Sheffield Mind introduce their first ever Christmas Charity Vintage Fair this winter at the Circle. From 10am - 4pm shop the 26 Christmas vintage stalls including a tea & cakes, homeware, vintage fashion and lots of other retro goodies.
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PROFESSOR GREEN Wor d s: J e ssica F o gart y
Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, the Hackney born and raised rapper builds on a career that has spawned two Top 3 albums and nine consecutive Top 40 singles – including #1 Read All About It and most recently #2 Lullaby. Marking the next chapter in his extraordinary story, his latest album Growing Up In Public bears Green’s trademark autobiographical approach and critically acclaimed lyrical style. He switches seamlessly from cheeky self-deprecating humour, witty braggadocio and satirical jabs, to more reflective, confessional moments with the finely tuned skill of a natural wordsmith throughout. Life’s been no fairy-tale for the 30-year-old Prof, born Stephen Manderson. He took a near fatal hit to the neck with a glass bottle in an unprovoked attack at a London nightclub – the scar now covered with a tattoo reading Lucky; he’s had his fair share of run-ins with the law and lost his Dad to suicide; but through releasing his anger in music, has had 500,000 album and 1.75million single sales in the UK alone.
Q. You’re soon to embark on your 2014 UK tour (November 28) – what should we expect from the shows? A lot of energy and brilliant music. Even if I may say so myself. I’ll be performing tracks from my new album, Growing Up In Public, and some of my older music too. I like to perform a mix, but I’ll be shaking up some of the old tunes to keep it fresh. Q. Your tour features dates in Manchester and Nottingham but not Sheffield. Any plans to play here next year? I love the steel city and I’d love to come play here but I have no plans just yet. The Lights Switch On was the first time I’d been back in Sheffield in a long time, but the crowd were big and loud, so hopefully I’ll come back with my own tour to entertain them again soon. Q. What’s next for you after the tour? I’m releasing my next single, Little Secrets, on December 7, then early next year I’ll be releasing another track. After that, I’ll be back on the festival circuit and continuing to make more music. I’ve already got some tracks done for the next album, I don’t plan to take a break this time even though my last break wasn’t through choice. Apart from that, I’m pretty open minded about where the year will take me. The last few years have proven you never know what’s going to happen next – hopefully it will be a good year for me.
He’s well-built and well-tattooed but also incredibly wellmannered with an admirable work ethic. Chic meets Pro Green when he takes to the stage at the Meadowhall and Capital FM Christmas Lights Switch On concert to headline the annual event….
Q. What should we expect from Little Secrets? It’s an acoustic-guitar driven soulful anthem featuring vocals from My Probz. It’s the second single release from my third studio album, following Lullaby. The video was shot LA.
Q. Welcome to Sheffield! How’s your experience been in the city? A bit chilly. But it’s ok, I was wrapped up in my Acne jacket. I was really excited to turn on Medowhall’s Christmas lights – I’d never done anything like that before.
Q What’s Christmas 2014 got in store for you? I’ve got an ideal Christmas planned this year. Millie’s family and my family are coming to my house to celebrate together. Me cooking is a first, but I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully I won’t ruin Christmas dinner – I need to start practicing and learn how to cook one.
Q. What have been the highs and lows of the past year? I took a long break which I didn’t want to do but I had to due to a series of unfortunate events, and a fortunate one – I got married to Millie [heir to the Rowntree Mackintosh sweet manufacturing dynasty but better known as one of the cast members of E4 series Made in Chelsea]. That took up some time in my personal life but now I’m back!
Professor Green’s nationwide headline UK tour kicks off November 28th in Glasgow and ends December 11th in London with stop-offs in Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham. Tickets on sale now at www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
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Twin Atlantic Fresh off the success of their new album – Great Divide – Chic catches up with Twin Atlantic drummer, Craig Kneale. The band formed in 2007 and built a loyal fan-base in their hometown, Glasgow. Not afraid of a bit of elbow grease and grafting, the band toured relentlessly and it was not long before their hard work paid off. Their star rose considerably with supporting slots for Smashing Pumpkins, fellow Scots Biffy Clyro, Blink 182 and Kings of Leon. Great Divide was released in August and reached no.6 on the UK album charts. A month later they were awarded Independent Track of the Year for ‘Heart and Soul’ at the AIM Independent Music Awards. Twin Atlantic’s combination of powerful riffs and heartfelt lyrics have won them critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase. We find out more… Word s: Tom As k a r
For people who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound? I’d say it’s like rock music with a pop slant. It’s definitely rock music but it’s quite accessible, it’s not mega heavy. It’s the sum of our influences because we’re into both rock and pop music. Who are your influences? Sam and I are in to straight heavy rock, Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Ross is into his dance music and Barry is more into singer/songwriter artists. As a band we end up listening to each other’s music. You’ve had a very busy summer, playing at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds festival to name just a few. What was your highlight of the summer? T in the Park and Reading and Leeds were great fun but because of the album we’ve had a lot of other promotional work to do. Festivals are always fun but this summer was the best yet because we had pretty good slots and had been gone for so long. It was the first time we could see what sort of reaction our songs would get. As the summer went on the crowds were more familiar with the new ones and to have fans singing our songs back to us was brilliant, it made us feel like we’d produced something that was actually alright. There was a three year gap between 2011’s ‘Free’ and your new album, ‘Great Divide’, did you do anything differently that might have contributed to how successful ‘Great Divide’ has been? Having been together for so long – about seven years - we slip back in sync with each other very quickly. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, but
there’s only so long that you can make heavy rock music. We want to be great songwriters now, whereas before we were more interested in if a song sounded cool. We didn’t put a time limit on ourselves and our label were very supportive. They gave us time to make sure that the songs were the best they could be. You recorded some of the album in Los Angeles - how was this experience? We recorded 80% of the album at Rockfield Studios in Wales but we had written songs over the summer that we just didn’t have the time to record. When we listened back to the album, we felt like we could still improve on it and we really wanted an anthem too. So a couple of months after finishing in Wales we went to Topanga Canyon in LA and recorded the three singles ‘Heart & Soul’, ‘Brothers & Sisters’ and ‘Hold On’ - with Jacknife Lee. Gil Norton, who you worked with in Wales, is famous for working with bands like Pixies, Foo Fighters, Echo & the Bunnymen and Jimmy Eat World. Would it be fair to say that Norton helped with your alternative rock sound and Lee with your pop elements? I’d definitely say so. If you wanted to make a full on rock album you’d go with Gil every time, he knows what to do to get the best out of your music. Jacknife has worked with bands like Weezer and U2 and has some interesting techniques. He likes to record things out of tune, he makes really good pop music but in an unconventional way which suits us. Can you pinpoint a moment when you blew up or was it a gradual process? It was very gradual; for the first four or five years - 14 -
we did okay in Scotland and Glasgow in particular because we’re from there. We’d be playing in front of 1,000 people at home, but south of the border we’d have maybe 100 or so fans at our gigs. We had a single on our last album, ‘Free’, that played on Radio 1 and that’s when our tour started to sell out and we started to play in much bigger venues. If you’d have told us this three or four years ago, we’d have thought it was absolute nonsense. It’s kind of cool that radio still has that sort of effect. You’re based in Scotland when you’re not on the road – does this help to keep you grounded? Because we tour so much we don’t really need to be based anywhere but at the same time we all love Glasgow. Like Sheffield, it’s one of those cities where you can’t get carried away with yourself; it just doesn’t work that way there. It’s good for your music because it keeps you modest. We never want to get to the point where we make the wrong decisions because we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Have you had a chance to see much of Sheffield on your travels? Personally I’m a keen runner and I’m not great with steep hills, so Sheffield was a bit of a struggle in that respect! When we’re touring we don’t often get days off but a few years ago we played Tramlines and the atmosphere was amazing. Now that you’re a successful band in your own right, are there any up and coming artists that you’d like to have touring with you or that you could recommend to our readers? Catfish and the Bottlemen are a band who have been around a little while but are just starting to blow up. I’ve not been as excited by a new band as these guys for a long time. They remind me of The Strokes with how young and energetic they sound.
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K KATY B K Words : M olly M urray
Opening her set at the O2 Academy, Katy B and her four female dancers set the pace for the night with infectiously upbeat and bass-heavy ‘Hot Like Fire’ arresting each member of the vastly diverse crowd’s attention. Katy’s strong presence – alongside the powerful aesthetics of the stage and lighting – is one of refreshing qualities. She’s sultry and fun, presenting herself as a friend you could definitely party or cry alongside, cleverly rejecting any opportunity to be overly sexualised and remaining unapologetically genuine. Her understatedly strong vocal performance and stage presence fits perfectly in with her uncontrived and accessible lyrics, proven in the crowd favourite ‘Broken Record’
which threw the majority of the room into a frenzy of shaking off the Monday blues, chanting the lyrics back at the stage. Slowing it down for a few more emotional tracks the star’s vocal talents truly came to life leaving a few enthusiastic audience members welling up. Stand out tracks ‘Louder’ and ‘Katy On A Mission’ for me best show off Katy’s mix of witty lyrics and feel-good drum & bass and house influences that make Katy B an artist not to underestimate in her authenticity and talent. With her latest album ‘Little Red’ just released Katy B may have somewhat
K This is my family K Following a £1.93m refurbishment including the installation of solar panels and general uplifting of the Lyceum the theatre’s first production in its new fresh-faced site is due to take the stage. With a cast of only six This Is My Family perfectly captures the universally relatable family dynamic making it one of the most relatable theatre experiences I have had in years. Centred on the play’s protagonist Nicky - A 13 year old school girl- the musical comes as a heart-warming celebration of present - day family life. Nicky applies to win a family holiday through a competition asking for a detailed and realistic description of her family. Nicky’s comedically frank and endearingly naïve account of her own relatives wins over the hearts of both the audience and the competition judges. However, it is the exposure of the household dynamics which truly captivate the viewer above the play’s refreshingly simplistic plotline. Through Nicky’s mother; father; brother; aunt; and gran each member of the audience are able to identify with each character to a striking degree. The musical resonates so strongly as it presents the ups, downs and complexities of a person’s most personal relationships - their family - with an overall life affirming tone. And even more so, Nicky’s attempts to constantly please each member and uphold peaceful relationships confirms the family dynamic as a generally strained, but overall loving and crucial one. Promising to have you laugh, tear up and smile from start to end this is a play well worth heading to. Words : M olly M urray
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film horrible bosses 2 Released 28th November
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Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman reprise their roles as best buddies turned criminals as they set up their own business only to be conned by a slippery investor played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. In an attempt to regain control, the trio kidnap the investor’s son, played by Chris Pine, and demand a steep ransom. With a star-studded cast, Horrible Bosses 2 looks to be a box-office smash.
Jude Law plays an unemployed sailor hired to find a sunken Nazi treasure in this maritime adventure film. Whilst his Aberdeen accent has come in for criticism, female fans of Mr. Law will be licking their lips over his new bulked up look. Expect greed, paranoia and claustrophobia of a nautical nature.
exodus: gods and kings
If you’re in need of a Christmassy pick me up to banish your inner Grinch, check out this festive comedy starring a host of British favourites including Jim Broadbent, Jodie Whittaker, Warwick Davis, Stephen Graham and Rafe Spall. Broadbent’s Santa Claus is on the run from the police and needs the help of Spall and his son, newcomer Kit Connor, to save Christmas.
the battle of the five armies
Released 26th december
released 26th december
Christian Bale takes on the role of Moses as the Old Testament gets the Hollywood treatment in this epic biblical drama. Bale defies the unquestioned power of his brother, the Pharoah Rhamses, and leads the Israelites on a perilous, against-the-odds journey through Ancient Egypt. If director Ridley Scott can match the visual innovations of Blade Runner and Gladiator, we’re in store for a true blockbuster.
Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic athlete whose plane is shot down over the Pacific Ocean during World War Two. Played by This is England and Skins heartthrob Jack O’Connell, Zamperini is captured by the Japanese and placed in a brutal prisoner of war camp. Written by the perennially brilliant Coen brothers, Unbroken looks to be a harrowing yet inspiring story.
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Released 12th december
This Christmas the Hobbit trilogy reaches its thrilling conclusion. With Middle Earth on the cusp of all-out war, Benedict Cumberbatch returns to lend his voice – and breathe some fire – as Smaug, but there is an even bigger threat on the horizon as Sauron, also voiced by Cumberbatch, launches an attack on the Lonely Mountain. With a budget of $250m we can expect epic battles and stunning special effects.
ALEXA GODDARD Words: Jessica Fogarty
With her musical talents, model looks and contagious charm, Alexa Goddard possesses all of the star qualities needed to become the industry’s next big female solo artist. Singers rarely come equipped with the experience 25 year old Alexa does. Born in the suburbs of Southern England, at 14 she was travelling across Europe recording early demos; by 18 she’d toured the United States and by 22 she was one of the ten most subscribed musicians in the history of YouTube in the UK with over 40 million views and a Top 20 single under her belt. Signed to Roc Nation record label, there’s certainly no stopping this young singing sensation. Chic meets Alexa Goddard when she stops off in Sheffield to perform at the Meadowhall and Capital FM Christmas Lights Switch On concert…. Welcome to Sheffield – have you spent much time in the city? I haven’t unfortunately. I really wanted to go shopping but it’s a five hour drive from where I live so I’ve had no time. Next time, I will. How will you be spending Christmas? Eating lots of good food with my family. What’s on your wish list? Three random items – a juicer, a leather jacket and some skinny ripped jeans. What’s the best present you’ve ever received? When I was seven or eight, my parents bought me the most perfect pink bike. I’d been asking for it for months but they continued to tell me they couldn’t afford one, so on Christmas morning I was so overwhelmed. I think that memory will stay with me forever.
“There’s no feeling like stepping out on stage – you feel so powerful”
Will you be making any New Year’s Resolutions? I need to stop eating fast food. What has been the most memorable moment of 2014? I opened the main stage at Wireless Festival. It was incredible – so much fun. How would you describe your music in three words? Versatile, fun and thought-provoking. If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing? Singing has been my lifelong ambition and it’s what I enjoy doing so I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I did once work as a care worker though, looking after a lady with Alzheimer’s. She had me in stitches all the time – she was incredible.
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How important has YouTube and social media been to your success? So important. It’s thanks to YouTube that I got spotted. Roc Nation – the label founded by Jay-Z – saw my videos online and signed me. I was lucky enough to meet Jay-Z in person recently and he introduced me to his wife Beyoncé – it was one of the best moments of my life. She is my idol. Who inspires you musically? John Legend and Whitney Houston are my heroes. Who would be your ideal dinner date guests? Alan Carr – he’s hilarious, and Darren Brown – he fascinates me. What’s the best thing about your job? Performing. There’s no feeling like stepping out on stage. You feel so powerful. What’s next for you? Making more music. I’m hoping to release my album early next year. I’ve spent so long doing covers but now I want my own album out for people to hear the real me.
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Porter Book Shop We buy and sell your second hand books 227 Sharrow Vale Road - Sheffield - South Yorkshire - S11 8ZE - 0114 266 7762
Porter Book Shop...
a portal to the past In our modern world of Kindles, iPads and e-readers we have come to expect instant access to a world of knowledge. As a consumer of technology, I’m as guilty as anyone else of indulging my impatient side with digital books, but the nostalgic side of me longs for the erstwhile days of antiquated pages and the smell of leather bound books. Sheffield’s independent bookshop “Porter Books” offers the book-lovers amongst us the chance to buy and sell second-hand books, giving us a virtual portal to the past.
magic of stepping inside a world that is so individual and yet so uniting. In reading a second-hand book we hold a little piece of history in our hands - not just of the characters, but of previous owners and their stories. They open us up to a world of possibility and belonging - we are each a vital part of a book’s journey. As long as people continue to find magic within their pages, it seems the legacy of the second-hand bookshop is here to stay. By Jessica Beasley
Porter Book Shop, located on Sharrow Vale Road, was born in Sheffield in the late 1970s. Little is known about its history, but the mystery surrounding it only adds to its allure. Current owner Brian took over the bookshop in 2005 and has worked to preserve its magic - retaining its traditions whilst making it appealing to a diverse range of people - children, pensioners, artists and dreamers have all walked through its door. Like any memorable second-hand bookshop, books are piled, Jenga-like, - creating a labyrinth of literature in which we can lose ourselves. The atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil, perfect for leafing through a book or two on a rainy afternoon and escaping from the chaos of the outside world. The survival of second-hand book shops like Porter, in spite of the growth in digital printing, shows us that their popularity is anything but waning. But what is it precisely that keeps our interest in second-hand book shops alive? Perhaps it is the
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Fraser Doherty: THE ADVENTURES OF JAM BOY
rom his Grandma’s kitchen to the national supermarkets, SuperJam founder Fraser Doherty (25) stole the show when he shared his fruity adventures with the hundreds of budding entrepreneurs at Sheffield Made Festival 2014...
How did your journey begin? I’ve always been entrepreneurial – I once set up a chicken farm in the back garden of my home in Scotland and I kept the eggs warm on top of my Sky TV box. I then learned my Grandma’s jam recipe aged 14 and I started selling it to family and friends. The word spread and at age 15, I got my picture in the local paper; I was being recognised as ‘Jam Boy’. I started selling my jam at farmers markets across Edinburgh – Up to 1,000 jars a week. I’d taken over my parent’s kitchen. How did you make the move from farmer’s markets to supermarkets? I borrowed my Dad’s suit and naively went to pitch to Waitrose. It was like The X Factor in a supermarket. They told me I needed to set up a factory, organise production and have labels made. I wasn’t prepared for this. I came up with a comic book theme to fit with the SuperJam brand name and despite being sceptical of a 17 year old child, I managed to convince a manufacturer to work with me. I went back to Waitrose but they didn’t like the labels or the flavours. I did my market research the next time. I got in touch with Innocent HQ because I loved their branding and company ethos. They advised me to design a product to appeal to parents not children. It worked. I launched my 100 per cent fruit and sugar free jam in Waitrose eight years ago. You became the youngest ever supplier to Waitrose and have won more than 20 awards for SuperJam. Did you ever expect the brand to become such a success? I was overwhelmed with the initial response. 1,500 jars sold in the first 24 hours at Waitrose. We sold more jam in one day than their average jam sales for a month. I went on a ‘rock n roll’ jam tour of supermarkets – setting up a stand in Tesco, Morrison’s and Asda. I got a lot of media coverage. SuperJam now supplies more than 2,000 supermarkets around the world including Australia, Russia, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. What have been your proudest moments? SuperJam is exhibited in the National Museum of Scotland as an ‘Iconic Scottish Brand’, alongside Irn Bru, Tunnock’s and
Baxters. I appeared on Korean TV where a small Korean child played me – which wasn’t very fitting to the story but I was still honoured to be on TV there. I teamed up with The Sun newspaper to give every reader a free jar. I shared the front page of the paper with Susan Boyle. That was a proud moment. And I was invited to dinner with Gordon Brown who commended me for what I’d achieved. What’s next for you? I dedicate my time to sister projects now. The company invests in running ‘SuperJam Tea Parties’ for elderly people who live alone, in care homes or in sheltered housing. SuperJam has hosted over 125 events across the UK, with live music, dancing and, of course, scones and SuperJam. Up to 600 guests attend each of these events and they are growing in popularity every month. I also launched The SuperJam Cookbook to share my jam-making secrets with the world; and SuperBusiness – a book about my story and what I’ve learned. Both books have become best sellers, selling more than 100,000 copies at Waterstones, WHSmith and in supermarkets. I’m also launching a range of ‘SuperHoney’ – coming soon! Words: Jessica F ogarty
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From competing in Don’t Flop and Lord Of The Mics VI, to featuring on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Rinse FM, Sheffield’s 23 year old AK (Kieren Adshead) has had a busy year in grime. In between working on his solo mixtape (with exclusive features from Jammer, Dialect and Predz) and a collective ScumFam mixtape, AK takes a few minutes to speak to Chic about his rise in the industry and how UK grime is influencing artists internationally. WORDS: ABBY ROSE
For those who don’t know, how would you describe your style as an MC? Clever, cheeky & skippy. When did you first start writing and how did you get into music? I first started writing lyrics when I was about 14 or 15 but I always had a love for music. My mum was a big reggae and R&B fan, whilst my dad was into rock & roll and indie music. By the time I was old enough to really appreciate music we were in the era of garage and both my parents loved it. I loved it too and wanted to be involved that’s when grime was born and I started to take part in music. You recently battled Villain in Lord Of The Mics VI - tell us about it? Lord Of The Mics was a great experience! Pressure, nerves, excitement and adrenalin all mixed into one. I had a tough opponent but I was confident that I could perform and make the people supporting me proud. A lot of opportunities have grown because of Lord of the Mics and for that I thank Jammer, Ratty, Cat, all of the Lord of the Mics family and everyone at Ten Letters PR. How was your experience at Don’t Flop? How did it compare to Lord Of The Mics and which did you prefer? Doing Don’t Flop was a different experience to Lord Of The Mics. For Lord Of The Mics I was in a little basement with around ten people, big hot bright lights and a huge amount of pressure. At Don’t Flop I clashed XP live on stage infront of an audience, which is different kind of pressure. Because Don’t Flop was in front of a live audience I knew I had to prepare my lyrics for the moment of the clash. I wanted to catch reactions right there and then. Lord Of The Mics is filmed and saved untill release of the DVD, so I knew I could be a bit more technical and clever with my lyrics because people would watch and study the clash more. The Don’t Flop audience will go on who grabbed their attention at the time. I preferred Lord Of The Mics to be honest, I could be myself and more comfortable. What do you think to Don’t Flop now introducing grime clashes instead of keeping their token a cappella battles? I think it’s a great idea. Don’t Flop have got an amazing following and have had that for some
time. Bringing grime clashes into Don’t Flop will make that following grow; it will benefit the UK music scene as a whole too. Do you have any future plans with Sheffield grime collective ScumFam? ScumFam are always working, whether that’s as a collective or as individuals. So when people think we are quiet we know it’s time to come together and give you all something. We have all been working on individual projects or paths as of recent. I’ve just done Lord Of The Mics and Don’t Flop; Kannan won Prize Fighter and the royal rumble clashing competition on DJ Big Mikee’s show on Silk City FM radio (Birmingham); Tez Kidd is working on a project called Dirty Wrks 2; we re-released K Dot’s mixtape “Friday the 13th” with bonus tracks, and we’ve also featured on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra and Rinse FM. There’s a lot out there and more to come too, we are always active. What’s your opinion on the Sheffield music scene at the moment? The music scene in Sheffield is going well. ScumFam have broken into the grime scene over the past two or three years, earning that respect and acknowledgement that a lot of MCs from the city have been searching for. More and more artists in Sheffield are taking music seriously, which is always a good sign. The nightlife has also picked up again with the big wave of house music being very popular up north and it’s worked really well. Dances and raves are calmer and more enjoyable, meaning better chances for local grime artists to get bookings. Promoters can let their guard down - they don’t even need it anyway - book us! Haha. What about the grime scene in general? The grime scene right now is bigger than it’s ever been. I’ve been up and down the UK and grime is loved everywhere. It’s taken more seriously by the people involved; it’s something we can be proud of and make a living from. We’ve seen people come from the grime scene like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Kano, and make big names for themselves internationally. We’ve also seen how UK grime has influenced music internationally, with the likes of P Diddy working with Skepta and Tre Mission from Canada doing Lord of the Mics. Even Drake talks about how his music and flow is influenced by Sneakbo. So to see grime be created in East London and then go international is major progress.
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What are your plans for the future? I’ve got a new single coming out early 2015 on iTunes called “I Like Your Wife”, produced by Heavytrackerz. I’ve also got a free mixtape called “Throwaways” dropping on 30th November, featuring a few of the greats from the grime scene. Another ScumFam mixtape is coming very soon too! Any particular producers you would like to work with? There’s too many to mention I’d like to work with, but I’m working some good ones right now too like DJ Q , Toddla T, Darx, Ethan Ryan, Heavytrackerz and Riddla.
Lord Of The Mics VI out now at HMV, iTunes & Amazon. Twitter: @AKNFS Instagram: @AkScumfam Bookings & enquiries: email@example.com
Download AK’s mixtape ‘throwaways’ from November 30 th here:
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Words: Jessica Fogarty
Christmas Wrapped Up Early South Yorkshire shoppers enjoyed getting Christmas Wrapped Up Early at Meadowhall for an exclusive all-day shopping extravaganza. Thousands of eager shoppers enjoyed hundreds of exclusive offers and discounts as well as festive activities across the malls including a meet and greet with the Penguins of Madagascar and a magical family photo experience in a giant snow globe. The event also saw crowds gather in seasonal sweaters for Shopping Centre’s charity Jumperthon. Shoppers got into the festive spirit by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing Christmas jumpers in one place at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Reality television star and business woman Amy Childs led huge crowds of shoppers in the Christmas Jumper-thon as they attempted the break the record whilst raising funds for the Centre’s Charity of The Year St Luke’s Hospice. Amy Childs, who rose to fame on ITV hit show The Only Way Is Essex, was in-centre showcasing her latest collection and was delighted the get involved in the Jumper-thon. She said: “It was an amazing experience to join hundreds of shoppers to break the World Record for the most people wearing Christmas jumpers. “We all put on our silliest seasonal jumpers in order smash the world record, and raise funds and awareness for a wonderful local charity, St Luke’s Hospice – it was so much fun!” Meadowhall Centre Director Darren Pearce said: “Thank you to all the hundreds of shoppers who made the effort and got into the festive spirit supporting our Charity of The Year St Luke’s Hospice. “Unfortunately we were just shy of the amount required but we’re looking to attempt it again next year, so stay tuned.”
WHAT’S ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST?
The top toys that will dominate Christmas 2014 have been unveiled at DreamToys, the annual festive event hosted by the Toy Retailers Association at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Selected by a panel of leading UK toy retailers, the DreamToys list is the most accurate predictive list available, and provides an insight into what will be the most popular toys this Christmas. From the 72 ‘DreamToys’ in the list the panel selected 12 Top Toys that they believe will be dominating the wish lists to Santa and take centre stage under the tree on Christmas morning.
Top Toys for 2014
(in alphabetical order):
Bop It! Beats Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll (assorted) Kidizoom Smart Watch Little Live Pets Bird Cage Minecraft Figures (assorted) My Friend Cayla Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 The Lego Movie - Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock Zoomer Dino- Boomer
Hasbro Jakks Pacific Mattel Vtech Character Character Vivid Hasbro Lego VTech Hasbro Spin Master
£21.99 £34.99 £16.99 £39.99 £19.99 £7.99 £58.99 £44.99 £79.99 £39.99 £89.99 £99.99
Full details of the DreamToys 2014 list can be found at: www.toyretailersassociation.com/dt2014
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WRAP UP WARM THIS WINTER WITH THE PERFECT WINTER COAT
The Faux Fur Coat Faux fur is everywhere right now and it’s a firm favourite on the celebrity scene. A faux fur coat is the height of sophistication and can be worn day or night for a more glamorous and fun filled look, also making it an ideal buy for the party season as we near Christmas. If you don’t feel brave enough to pull off a full faux fur piece, opt for a faux fur collar or shearling.
Meadowhall’s Style Advisor Bethanie Lunn offers her top tips to beat the freeze and get fashion spot on. The winter chill is certainly in the air and it’s getting to that time of year where the key item on the top of our fashion shopping list is that all-important winter coat which will see us through to spring. With the huge selection of coats in stores across Meadowhall this autumn, you’d think it would be easy to pick the perfect winter warmer but sometimes the sheer variety can make you wonder where to start.
THE TRENCH COAT You can’t go wrong with the timeless classic trench coat or mac; effortlessly elegant, this is a must have for a grown-up winter wardrobe. There are all sorts of different styles in the stores so whether it’s long or short, double breasted or hooded, your perfect trench coat won’t be hard to find. Best of all, many are water resistant to keep you dry and belted too - cinching you in at the waist to add extra shape to all those layers!
Marks & S pencer Per U na Faux F ur - £ 149
THE BOYFRIEND COAT Boyfriend style coats are seriously hot for winter and I don’t just mean the keeping you cosy kind of hot. They are slouchy and oversized making them the perfect coat to snuggle up inside on a bitter cold day. Texture leads the way for AW14 so choose a boyfriend coat in a wool or boucle style. P hase Ei g ht B eatrix Boucle C oat - £160
Topshop Premium Trench Coat - £ 15 0
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the country coat Whether it’s quilted or waxed you’re after, a Barbour is the way forward in rainy weather. This high quality and practical jacket will last you a lifetime and make those winter mornings feel as warm as a summer’s day. A Barbour is the definition of timeless fashion so embrace that inner country bumpkin and invest in one of these jackets. B arbour S teve Mc Q ueen Olive Wa x ed J ac ket at House of F raser - £2 9 9
The start of a happier and healthier
Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) have always had mystery surrounding them since they became imbued in popular culture in the 1970s. Everyone knows someone who claims to have been hypnotised or has a bizarre story involving hypnotism. Following the success of hypnotist Paul McKenna who has cured ailments from arachnophobia to overeating, hypnosis has been considered a serious alternative to traditional medicine. Hypnotherapy Clinic knows this and offers a range of impressive hypnosis treatments. Eager to discover more, we at Chic went to visit to find out about everything from their weight loss treatments to guided dreaming. Hypnotherapy Clinic is located in a converted garage - boasting a meditative and relaxing atmosphere. It is the first hypnosis clinic in Sheffield to open its doors and plenty of treatments are on offer. Hypnotism is most popular for quitting smoking and weight loss, whilst neuro-linguistic programming is often geared towards a more diverse range of problems, such as phobias and generalised anxiety disorders. The clinical hypnotherapist is Martyn Oldfield - he has a long-standing interest in hypnotherapy and has been practicing and studying hypnosis since the age of 14. He started studying hypnosis in his spare time and boasts 11 years professional experience and 20 years of dealing with clients. The clinic stakes some bold claims, including that smokers will only need one 2-3 hour hypo session to quit smoking forever. If you relapse, you will receive one session free, so you can rest assured that customer satisfaction is paramount to the company. The clinic doesn’t just have claims, however, it also has some seriously impressive testimonials to back these up. Val, a smoker of 70 years, gave up smoking after just one session with the clinic. Sessions will typically focus on breaking down associations and triggers related to the patient’s addiction rather than focusing on the addiction itself. As Britain’s waistlines continue to expand, weight loss hypnosis is becoming increasingly popular. Instead of focusing on diets, which have
a low success rate, Martyn works on influencing habits in the brain so that you can enjoy your favourite treats in moderation and never feel deprived like you do when you’re on a diet. This method is proven to be more successful than traditional diets and you’ll work on habitbuilding around food and eating times so that you are able to maintain your healthier new lifestyle. As the clinic places the customer at the heart of its service, they survey each and every customer prior to hypnosis to help them find out exactly what makes the individual tick and what they want to get out of the treatment. Given that weight problems are typically linked to depression, this process is a great way of helping the customer discover truths about themselves. The self-realisation that happens as a result of this aids the clinic in finding the best treatment for the individual. This familiarisation ensures that Martyn and the team can work with you to customise your sessions and guarantee fantastic results. NLP is a treatment that has also piqued the interest of the British public and media in recent times and if the growing number of NLP books piled up in Waterstone’s “self-help” section are anything to go by, our interest in NLP is here to stay. NLP has a “hypnotic” effect on the client, without actually sending them into a state of hypnosis. It may seem a less intimidating treatment for the beginner, as most of the treatment simply involves conversation - gently guiding the client to uncover the roots of their anxieties, phobias and pains of the past. By using ‘key words’ and body language to stimulate brain receptors, this subtle treatment can be incredibly powerful. An equally important part of the treatment is helping the customer to tap into how they want to feel - as our imaginations are incredibly sensitive, merely simulating positive, happy and confident thoughts is often enough to trigger clients into adopting a calmer and happier state of mind. Linked to NLP is Guided-Daydreaming, in which a member of the clinic will get the client into a relaxed state of mind, which makes them more
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open to following suggestions. This also makes it easier to talk to the “unconscious” part of the mind - the area where we form many of our bad habits. When experiencing such a treatment the client will be induced into a hypnogogic state - a dream-like sensation of being between sleep and consciousness. It could be described as the feeling you have when you drive from your home to the local shop and have no recollection of how you got there; or the far-away feeling of being lost in a good book or a restful sleep. The idea is that time literally ‘stands still’ - creating the ideal environment for tackling anxieties and phobias. Conquering our fears requires us to temporarily “switch off” our thoughts and feelings, so our brains can begin to tackle our worst anxieties without being interrupted by our irrationality or over-thinking. There are a myriad of phobias out there, everything from fear of public speaking to the slightly more unusual xanthophobia (fear of the colour yellow!) Hypnotherapy Clinic has seen it all, but they claim that practically any phobia can be cured. None of us are born with phobias. We all begin as blank canvases that soak up the world around us. Phobias - like anxieties - are learnt responses to situations and so they can be unlearnt. Much like their weight loss and smoking hypnosis sessions, the clinic makes the impressive claim that just one session can rid you of lifelong phobias. One client was even cured of their phobia of flying whilst up in the air! After years of enduring phobias or anxiety, the promise of an “instant” cure seems all but impossible. However, hundreds of the clinic’s clients have seen the incredible results of hypnosis and NLP first-hand. Instead of spending a lifetime waiting for a miracle to come to you, dare to go and find that miracle yourself. To take advantage of their Stoptober follow-up offer this November or to book a hypnosis session yourself call Hypnotherapy Clinic on 0114 2362632. Words: Jessica BEA SLEY
Call now to book: 0114 274 5357
Opening in November
Gleadless Common Sheffield, S12 www.sheffieldclinicalhypnosis.co.uk
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The teeth straightening specialists Now that’s something to smile about. We are now oﬀering discounted orthodontic treatment for students.
Dr Chin Fung (Victor) Leung
Dr Sonil Kalia
481 Ecclesall road, Sheﬃeld, S11 8PP 0114 2678797
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BEAUTY BOXX at THE STUDIO ACADEMY
e love discovering the hidden treasures of Sheffield, and this is definitely one of
them! Beauty Boxx opened its doors in May this year; an independent salon specialising in beauty and massage treatments. Part of The Studio Academy – a Sheffield training school for budding hairdressers and beauty therapists – the salon is tucked away on level five of Canada House boasting skyline views of the city centre. There’s an air of exclusivity as you step out of the lift and in to the contemporary and bright salon space. You feel a million miles away from the busy shopping streets below. Run by Helen Pass – a fully qualified beauty therapist, holistic therapist and sports masseuse with more than 15 years industry experience – Beauty Boxx offers all types of massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning and make-up. I booked in for a back massage and facial – a 25 minute relaxing Swedish massage using firm but
gentle techniques to alleviate stress and tension while leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised. I followed this with a Dermalogica express facial which featured a pre cleanse, second derma cleanse, a skin prep scrub – a vigorous exfoliation massage then a multivitamin power recovery repair mask was applied. Various massage techniques featured throughout the facial but the
Words: Jessica F o gart y
scalp massage was a firm favourite. Prices are competitive too – It’s a luxury salon experience but without the high-end salon price-tag. Massages start from £18.50 and facials from £25. While at the Beauty Boxx, why not pop next door to The Studio Academy and enquire about being a hair model? Every week, the academy invites the general public to the salon for training – prices start from as little as £8.50 for a cut and finish. Follow Beauty Boxx on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with their offers and Christmas promotions. Beauty Boxx, 5th Floor Canada House, 1 1 Commercial Street Sheffield S1 2AT 0114 272 2535 // www.beautyboxxsheffield.weebly.com
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GET THE LOOK: CHERYL’S SMOKY EYES Wor d s: Bethanie Lunn
Thanks to a weekly fix of Cheryl on X Factor, we’re now not only envious of her wardrobe and perfectly quaffed locks, but also of her smoldering eye make-up. Meadowhall’s Beauty Adviser, Bethanie Lunn, tells us which products to shop for at the Centre to recreate Cheryl-inspired eyes without breaking the bank…
The Eye Shadow The Eye Liner
This will be the base to your smoky eyes so choose a dark and dramatic colour on your lower lids and outer corners such as charcoal grey or navy blue and line lashes with jet black shadow. Open eyes up by using a shimmering white in the inner corners.
You need a kohl based eye liner to create that got-tohave gaze; one that can be smudged and blurred until you are content that you can smoulder as well as Cheryl’s!
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Quad in Velous Noir - £7.99 from Boots or splash out on MAC (£17.99) which can be found in Debenhams.
Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E - £15 (available from Debenhams)
WINTER GLOW Words: Jessica F ogart y
Mascara is the final must. Go for black and layer it up until your lashes look fanned and thick with serious volume. Pair your smoky eyes with strong brows and pale lips to finish off the look and have your friends begging you for your eye make-up secrets!
The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara - £10
DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND Leading nail polish brand, Model’s Own, have launched a brand new range of Diamond Luxe polishes in their flagship bottleshop located in Meadowhall Shopping Centre. With each polish containing ‘diamond dust’ – your nails receive a sophisticated shimmer that will make you stand out on a night out, or give you a little extra sparkle for during the day on the weeks running up to the
festive season. Be bold and brave with The Asscher Blue or Emerald Green – two key shades this season; or be subtle yet strong with the Princess Pink or Heart Red – two colour pops that exude confidence.
Words: A dam Tesh
Our verdict: The polishes were easy to apply and left nails looking smooth and even. The glitter isn’t too visible when applied – so it’s still wearable for the day, but make sure you apply a top coat of clear polish to prevent chipping.
Diamond Luxe Polishes, £4.99 per bottle, Model’s Own, Meadowhall bottleshop
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As the weather gets colder, our skin needs more nourishment to ensure we shine through in winter. The latest product launch from Elemis, ProCollagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, is an anti-ageing moisturiser perfect for dry or more mature skin that needs extra TLC. The cream includes a powerful cocktail of anti-ageing ingredients that have been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles and boost hydration levels in just 15 days – the ideal cream to apply in winter. Our verdict: When applied in the morning, my skin felt moisturised all day. Only a small amount is needed so although the cream isn’t cheap, it is long lasting. After a two week period, skin appeared to look healthier with a subtle shine – showing hydration and moisture levels had improved. Elemis ProCollagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, £80 (50ml), John Lewis
Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw
2014 has been a great year for Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw. Under the tutelage of former European champion, Ryan Rhodes, and manager Dennis Hobson, Burkinshaw has claimed the Commonwealth Bantamweight belt in an instant classic at the Doncaster Dome. With his career on the up once more, Chic reports on the changing fortunes of Sheffield’s newest boxing champion. After suffering a ligament tear in January of 2011, Burkinshaw’s career was put on hold. It was a stroke of luck in September that gave The Boss the chance he so desperately wanted to return to the heights he seemed certain to reach before the injury slowed him down. The phrase ‘one man’s misfortune is another man’s gain’ applies here, as title holder Martin Ward was forced to withdraw from his scheduled clash with Jason Cunningham due to a chest infection. Chances like this don’t come around too often in sports, and so in stepped Burkinshaw, seizing on a golden opportunity to claim the now vacated belt. It was by no means easy – Burkinshaw was given only three days notice to prepare himself mentally for what might well have been the biggest fight in his twenty years of boxing. Speaking before the fight, Burkinshaw said “This opportunity has come at the best time for me. I’ve never felt better. I’m in the best shape of my life and I train like every fight is a world title.” The Boss’ professional approach to training was key to his success in the ring; the bout went the full twelve rounds and it was left for the judges to decide who would be the thirty-sixth Commonwealth Bantamweight champion. The slug-fest left both athletes battered and bruised, but of the two it was Burkinshaw and his camp who celebrated the final bell with the most conviction. It was a close-run thing in the end with Phil Edwards ruling 116-112 and Michael Alexander 116-113 in Burkinshaw’s favour, while John King scored it 115-113 for Cunningham. Now that The Boss is on top, the challengers will be coming thick and fast. Martin Ward is the first contender – his chivalry in vacating the title earning him an automatic shot at the new champ. Burkinshaw won’t have any qualms with that, for now his focus will be on making up for lost time and trying to get better every day. WORDS: TOM A SKER
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Everything you need to mix up a delectable drink in style! Words: Jessica Fogarty
Cases full of cocktail fun! What’s not to love? That’s exactly what Frankie Snobel thought when she came up with the idea two years ago. “I was bored of my job in journalism” Canadian born Frankie told us. “I had this idea I felt so inspired to do, but I didn’t know how to make my dream a reality. “That was until I saw an advertisement for School for Creative Start-Ups. “The course mentor – Dragon’s Den star Doug Richard – was holding a talk to encourage budding entrepreneurs to get involved so I went along. I was so inspired, I decided to go for it and apply even though I had no existing business. To my surprise, I was accepted. “The programme advanced me so quickly and in less than nine months, Tipplesworth was born.” Tipplesworth cocktail cases bring the art of mixology into the homes of discerning drinkers. These quirky vintage-style suitcases are handmade and contain premium ingredients (spirits and mixers), professional barware, glassware and a recipe card – everything you need to mix up a delectable drink in style. “Once I had my final prototype, I started pitching to businesses” Frankie told us. “I attended a networking event where I was introduced to a buyer from Harvey Nichols. She took a risk with me and bought into my product. I suppose it was a case of right place, right time. “I’m now busy sorting my Christmas stock ready to fill the shelves of not only Harvey Nichols department stores, but Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason too. “It’s a dream come true but if I was to offer words of advice to other budding entrepreneurs I’d say don’t expect success to happen imminently. Running a business is tough – it’s easy to get excited and passionate but keeping a focus on finances is key. Don’t assume you’ll be a millionaire overnight, but work hard and the profit will come in time. “Having a strong support network is key – School for Start-ups have given me discipline, confidence and help securing financial support. I couldn’t have done it without them.” www.tipplesworth.com School for Creative Startups have joined forces with The Sheffield College to work together to provide world class training and support for aspiring creative entrepreneurs wishing to grow their own start-up in the local community and wider region. Places on the course are limited to 100 start-ups each year. Students will be selected based on the combined strength of their application and interview. To be considered for the programme, complete an online application form at www.schoolforcreativestartups.com. The closing date for applications for the programme which starts in January 2015 is November 30th 2014.
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Lee Bestall has been designing and managing the creation of gardens for over 10 years. Lee regularly writes for gardening magazines throughout the country and is a stand in presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield gardening hour. Contact Lee at www. InspiredGardenDesign.co.uk
November often brings the first severe frosts of the new winter season, and as the warm glow of autumn cools, one really appreciates the small pockets of colour the garden provides. The importance of evergreen plants becomes increasingly obvious as the seasons progress, especially those specimens with well-defined structures. Shrubs such as Box (Buxus) clipped into tall slender cones or Yew (Taxus) in perfectly trimmed spheres are easily overlooked in summer when the colourful perennials are in full flower, but at this time of the year, when covered in frost, are a valuable addition to the garden. Fragrance adds a fourth dimension to the winter garden, and now is the perfect time to plant root balled shrubs such as the wonderfully scented Hamamellis or the evergreen Sarcocca confusa which will provide colour and scent as we move deeper into winter. This month is also the traditional time of year to plant roses and hedging, and both establish well as bare root plants. Supplied without soil, therefore much cheaper than containerised specimens, you should ensure they are freshly lifted from the field and not dry. Why not visit family-owned Handley Rose Nursery near Eckington for inspiration, safe in the knowledge that the person who is selling them to you grew them in his adjacent fields. Happy planting.
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Building Based in the industrial settings of Shalesmoor, The Nichols Building is like a hidden gem nestled amongst factories and abandoned warehouses. Pick your way through the unique shabby chic furniture and find yourself a hand-crafted statement piece.
Spanning the ground floor of The Nichols Building, the Indie Arcade is a family-run emporium owned by Gill Wilson and ran with her daughter Mollie, home to a host of boutiques selling beautiful upcycled furnitue, salvaged items and vintage clothes. Beneath TNB Indie Arcade hides a workshop where Teawear is made; silver jewellery crafted from antique Sheffield cutlery. Teawear also incorporates incredible oneoff pieces of furniture made from unusual up-cycled items. Whether you want a chair made from a traditional gypsy cart, a steel high school locker or a table made from wooden scaffold and an industrial sewing machine, you will not be disappointed on your hunt for interior design inspiration. Venture round the back of TNB and you will also find a salvage yard run by Theo Cane where you can source vintage tables, chairs, cabinets and more. “We buy and sell absolutely anything and everything”, says owner Gill, “my favourite was a stuffed piranha. We’ve got a church pulpit in at the moment too.” TNB Indie Arcade are always on the lookout for new traders, so if you’re interested in setting up your own shop then get in touch. You can hire a shelf from as little as £5 a month, right up to larger cabinets for £150; your space within the arcade is flexible and can be set up to suit you. WORD S: ABBY ROSE
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Sheffield Antiques Quarter Step Back In Time B y J e ssica Bea sley
In Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, Owen Wilson’s character finds himself transported to 1920s Paris, soaking up the romance, beauty and nostalgia of a bygone age. What many may not realise is that a similar opportunity for transportation is available to modern city-dwellers in the form of Sheffield’s Antique Quarter. Combining the eclectic and the familiar, the quarter offers something for all tastes - from stunning traditional antiques, chic 1960s minimalism to good old-fashioned grub. Boasting six antique centres and 20 independent shops, the area, which includes Abbeydale and Bradfield road, as well as parts of London and Queen’s Road, is a vista of delights. Antique centres include Heeley Bank’s Antique Centre on Queen’s Road, an atmospheric grade II listed building, that sells a combination of vintage, collectables and artwork. If you amble down Abbeydale Road you will also find the Abbeydale Picture House, a building that has undergone quite a history of change in its time. A former cinema, the building is now host to events such as the Antique Quarters Vintage Market and the new Pedlar’s Corner Carboot Sales. There are plans to continue renovations, with the aim of turning the Picture House into a hub for artistic and community events in Sheffield.
your own unique sanctuary. Once you step inside the main building, you will be spoilt for choice by over 40 stalls, selling items as varied as toys, books, furniture and vintage clothing. After you’ve spent time feasting your eyes on vintage goods, you might be tempted to head to one of the quarter’s cafes or bars for some artisan grub. The Rude Shipyard on Abbeydale Road is as cosy as it is creative - a cafe-bookshop hybrid, full to the brim with comfy alcoves, squashy chairs and steaming coffee. Don’t forget to try their un-replicable Guinness cake - it’s a customer favourite for a very good reason! Haggler’s corner is also a hidden treasure, providing the very-best of home-made food. Its shabby-chic style complements its ethos - it is a canvas for Sheffield’s creatives: the work of local designers, jewellers, dressmakers and craftsmen all finds a
Sheffield Antiques Centre, a 19th century building on Bradfield Road is also buzzing with charm. The courtyard which leads into the building is full of architectural antiques to turn your garden into
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home here. Given the pure variety of locations and events on show, it is perhaps no surprise that the Antiques Quarter is growing in popularity and there are more events to come. The Vintage Christmas Market is set to take place on Sunday 7th December. You’ll be able to experience the taste of Christmas with mulled cider and roasted chestnuts; soak up a little festive glamour with a live fashion show that traverses the eras and enjoy the magic of Christmas a little early with a visit to Santa’s Grotto with the little ones. As the night’s draw in on us, what better excuse to venture outside than to head over to Sheffield’s Antique Quarter and indulge in the fun and festivities that make Sheffield such a unique place to live.
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Cafeology Lov e Coffee , Love Nature By J essica B easley
The ubiquitous coffee shop has become a landmark of the British high street in recent years. It seems like it’d be impossible to get through those groggy winter mornings without supping on our favourite caffeinated brew. Unfortunately, our morning routine is costly to rainforests with some coffee-farmers destroying shade-grown plantations to encourage quicker growth of coffee plants. There is a price to pay for this luxury: namely the natural habitat and biodiversity. But thanks to independent coffee Company, Cafeology, we no longer need to feel guilt for our coffee fix. The Sheffield based business have launched a new bird-friendly blend with the RSPB. The Chic team sample the coffee that promises to be environmentally friendly and totally satisfying. What’s our verdict? Read on… More than 104 million hectares of Rain Forests - three times the size of Germany, were ravaged between 2000 and 2013 - a devastating indicator of the future fate of our natural world. Cafeology’s answer to the problem is that not we should stop drinking coffee - or simply give up on our beautiful environment, but that we should instead produce high-quality, shade-grown coffee that tastes better than ever! Cafeology’s coffee is made using ‘strictly hard bean’ - this type of coffee takes longer to produce, but is the highest grade available in Guatemala. It’s 100 per cent premium Arabica gold standard and is available in both ground and whole bean form. Their emphasis on quality is reflected in the gorgeous taste of the coffee. With smooth tones and a rich blend, Cafeology’s new blend was melt-in-yourmouth delicious, without overpowering our taste buds. The way the coffee is crafted no doubt contributes to its quality - it is grown in the shade at an altitude of 1600-1800 metres,
so that the cherries containing the beans have the opportunity to mature nicely, resulting in coffee that will tantalise your senses with its unique aroma. You can also rest assured that the farming conditions of the coffee you are drinking are certified by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, which imposes strict regulations to enforce protection of the habitat and native birds. Their Bird Friendly (BF) certification also guarantees that the coffee is grown under the current amount of shade to mirror rainforest biodiversity to protect the natural habitat. The founder and director of Cafeology is clearly proud of the companies green ethos, saying “Gutatelmala is renowned for producing fantastic quality coffee, and this product being shade-grown enhances that further. Protecting and developing natural habitats is vital - the UK consumes a huge amount of coffee and it’s important that we think about the planet and rainforests when we choose what to buy.” Birds such as the Resplendent Quetzal will find a safe haven thanks to the protection provided by nature-friendly coffee. Geoff Brown, at the RSPB, is delighted that Cafeology have taken up their cause: “It is good to have a great tasting coffee which helps wildlife. Every time you make a cup you will be encouraging rainforest conservation and helping the RSPB give nature a home.” A donation from every sale goes to the RSPB. International buyers can buy the coffee through the online store. So what are you waiting for? The moment you try this indulgent, guilt-free coffee you’ll never look back.
250g ground or roast beans £5.89 – www.cafeology.com
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Christma s& New Y ea r Marco’s at New Y ork Itali an
Merry & White 3 Course Christmas Lunch & Dinner Set Menu. 28th Nov – 24th Dec / Lunch £20pp / Dinner £28pp Available Mon – Sun. Best availability Sun – Thurs.
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Sunday 14th and 21st December / £20 per adult / £10 per child under 12 Santa will be heading to Marco’s with presents so we’ve created a special 3 course menu to coincide with his visit.
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A White Christmas at Marco’s Christmas came early for team Chic, as they visited Marco’s New York Italian Diner to sample their festive menu… Work party? Celebrating the festivities with friends? Family function? Whatever the occasion, Marco’s Sheffield have the menu. We visited at lunch and indulged in the three-course set menu (£20pp) with the choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts. For ‘primi’, as said by our Italian waiter, Antonio, you can choose from a Tuscan Ribbolita Soup, Classic Bruschetta or Melon and Prosaciutto Ham. I opted for the bruschetta while my dining partner decided on the melon dish. Both arrived artistically arranged on the plate – just the right portion sizes to tempt your taste buds ahead of your main course. Suitable for vegetarians, the Classic Brushetta came topped with fresh tomato, basil and garlic. The melon was served in slices, covered with thin tasty rashes of ham. For main course, choose from Roasted Scottish Salmon with a Pesto Crumb Crust, Traditional Turkey Escalope or Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Risotto. The traditional turkey dinner was served with a sage and chestnut stuffing and balsamic and onion gravy plus a plentiful portion of rosemary and garlic roasties and a side of seasonal vegetables. More than enough for one diner. For dessert – once you’ve loosened your belt – choose between Christmas Pudding, New York Cheesecake with Mulled Wine Fruits or Chocolate Truffle Mousse. The traditional half circle of Christmas Pudding comes with an individual jug of amaretto cream while the chocolate truffle mousse is a wedge of chocolate heaven – a similar consistency to a gooey brownie. Priced at £20pp, considering the portion sizes, the luxury venue and quality of food served, we were more than impressed with the value. Fancy visiting in the evening? The same menu is priced at £28pp. Bookings are already being taken for the Christmas menus – available between 28 November and 24 December. Marco’s also caters for Santa’s Sunday Lunches – £20pp; Christmas Day – £55pp; Boxing Day – £18.95pp; New Year’s Eve – £60pp; or enquire at the restaurant about private party nights. Words: Jessica Fogarty
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A Celebration of Truffles at Inox Dine
“Yorkshire is in fact a great place to grow truffles because of the nature of the soil and the climate,” said Dr Thomas. “Indeed, a summer truffle grown in Sheffield has a better flavour than those cultivated in France and Italy. It’s set to become a true Yorkshire delicacy. “Truffles have a romantic appeal because of the unique flavour. They are traditionally very hard to find – often done with the aid of trained truffle sniffing dogs – and their short shelf life adds to their allure. Demand is increasing and although the strange, heady truffle flavour is very unique, once you’ve tasted fresh truffles, you’re hooked.” Joe Berry, Head Chef at Inox Dine said: “It’s an exciting opportunity as a chef to use truffles in your cooking. It’s a bit like cutting into a diamond and because of the strong and unusual flavour, there’s also the challenge of pairing it with foods correctly to make sure that it shines in the dish. You have to have a real working knowledge of how to use the ingredient. I think the fact that they are so expensive and the quirkiness and mystery of foraging for truffles with pigs and dogs, all adds to the fascination. People are also interested in unusual flavours so we were delighted to showcase this gem of an ingredient.”
A Yorkshire chef, in collaboration with a worldwide expert on the cultivation of truffles, showcased the world’s most precious ingredient at a special ‘Celebration of Truffles’ event at Inox Dine, the restaurant on level 5 of the Students’ Union Building at The University of Sheffield. A unique ‘truffle trio’ of dishes was served to over 100 truffle fans as diners gathered to experience the rich taste of this exotic and delicious delicacy. The fresh truffles, worth anything from £30 to £300 per kilo, are cultivated in the UK, including a plantation in Sheffield. Dr Paul Thomas, a former doctoral student at the University, has created a method to inoculate trees with truffle spores and his company, Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd (MSL), is now the largest grower of cultivated truffles in the world. Inox Dine, which has its own truffle trees donated by MSL, teamed up with Dr Thomas to host the event. It’s the restaurant’s first collaboration with Dr Paul Thomas, who gained his PhD in Plant Sciences from The University of Sheffield.
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LONDON FROM ABOVE
You may have visited London on foot – but have you ever experienced the city from above? Here’s our pick of the best tourist destinations that are reaching new heights… Words: Jessica Fogarty
THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD THE LONDON EYE
Travel in two high-speed lifts up to the viewing platform of The Shard. The lifts travel at six metres-per-second, making the total journey time from Level 1 to level 68 around 60 seconds. Guests transfer lifts at Level 33 through an all-enveloping graffiti word map of London. An image of the River Thames curves along the floor whist 200 sentences scrawled on the walls and floor, each describe a different part of the city. Not content with staying on level 68? Take the steps even higher to the viewing gallery on Level 72 (800ft/244m) which is open-air and exposed to the elements. Here, at the highest publicly accessible level you are surrounded by the giant shards of glass that form the sculptural top of The Shard. Experience the sounds and atmosphere of the city below and finish off your experience with a glass of champers.
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, this giant Ferris Wheel is the UK’s top paid for visitor attraction. Already offering unrivalled views of London, the bespoke cinematic addition to the London Eye provides another magical and entertaining way to experience the capital city. All included in the ticket price, you will see the first ever 3D aerial footage of London as well as witness the world famous London New Year’s Eve fireworks in a breath-taking journey across the city. Boasting more 4D sensory effects than any other attraction in the UK, you will feel like you are really there; with wind in your hair, snow falling at your feet, the floor shaking and even a sense of smell, your new perspective on London will be truly memorable. The London Eye’s capsules are now also complete with state of the art Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices as interactive touch screen guides designed to enhance the guest experience as they take in the views. Top tip: Make sure you visit on a clear day so you don’t limit your view or ride by night to experience the cities lights.
ONE NEW CHANGE If you’re planning a Christmas shopping spree, then visit One New Change to shop and see the sights at one destination. The premium shopping centre – equivalent to the size of 12 football pitches – houses up to 60 businesses including leading fashion brand names, restaurants, cafés and bars. Once you’re all shopped out, relax and take in the spectacular views of the London skyline from the breath-taking roof terrace. Overlooking the iconic dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Madison Restaurant offers panoramic views. From an early morning breakfast to an informal lunchtime meeting, Madison offers an elevated atmosphere for those who like a generous side order of history and culture with their daily paper, friends or colleagues. And as night falls, Madison’s low-lighting, skyline views and cool but comfortable furnishings combine to create an undeniably stylish vibe. Relax at the bar or have dinner in the spacious dining room while looking down on one of the world’s most historic and exciting cities.
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Situated in Sheffield’s Orchard Square, Evolution is a home and well-being store stocking everything from furniture and home accessories to incense, oils, jewellery, gifts and more Trading and operating ethically are at the heart of Evolution. They are a Buddhist business, which means that all business decisions are guided by the Buddha’s teachings on kindness, generosity and honesty. Evolution has grown from a London market stall in 1980, through temporary shops, to a chain of shops across the UK and Eire. Their aim is to bring genuine benefits to the people making their goods through ethical trade and direct aid. Evolution contribute profits not re-invested in the business to The Windhorse Trust, which funds projects in Bali, Guatemala, Thailand and Nepal. The Trust distributes the money to a variety of Buddhist projects within the Triratna Buddhist Community, as well as to social projects closely connected with countries and companies that supply their goods. Evolution sincerely believes that even on the High Street, business can be done in an open and honest way. They believe it is possible to pay suppliers a fair price for their goods and to make sure that they have safe working conditions. They also believe that it is possible to offer customers an honest price without loading on a premium because goods are ethically traded.
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Prepare for the As the weather begins to get colder and the prospect of snowy and icy conditions increase, it is important to have your car prepared for the worst. Last year, the icy blast left Britain’s road network difficult to navigate and many motorists were caught short. We could be in for a harsh few months and the cold weather makes for challenging driving conditions, even for the most cautious of drivers. Preparing for the worst: If a cold snap hits, we guide you through the checks you should make on your motor.
Lighting Make sure that all of your lights are working as the dark mornings and dreary evenings come into play. It’s vital that you replace any broken bulbs, and ensure that all your lights are clean dirt can prevent them from giving a full glow to help you in the darker conditions. Top up with anti-freeze Make sure that your radiator doesn’t stall by filling it with some antifreeze. Most petrol stations will stock it and it’s handy to have in the car during the winter months.
Drive safely The most important thing that you can control on the road is your driving. Keep to the speed limits and use your judgment on how best to drive during the winter months.
Pump up your tyres At this time of year, rain snow and ice can make the roads a treacherous place for motorists. Pumping up your tyres to the correct inflation level helps to lower the risks of skidding on icy conditions, and better still; this can also help to improve your motor’s fuel efficiency.
Get breakdown cover Don’t get left on the cold shoulder. During the winter months hundreds of motorists across the UK break down every day, which will no doubt put a strain on the emergency break down services. Ensure that you’ll be looked after by investing in breakdown cover and keep the details with you at all times.
Brake pads and discs Make sure that your brakes are ready for the winter by getting them checked out by your mechanic. Icy and wet roads can lead to braking distances being reduced; therefore a healthy set of brake pads is vital for the winter months. If you’re not sure about something take it to a garage and have a qualified mechanic look at it. To add to this, it may be wise to bring your car in for a service to get everything double checked before the weather gets too bad.
Battery Make sure that your car battery is charged and doesn’t need changing. Colder weather conditions put a greater strain on your car’s battery, so ensure you don’t get left stranded at the side of the road by getting yours checked at a reputable garage – especially before setting out on a long journey.
Don’t put boiling water on your windscreen It may be tempting if your car windscreen is iced up to put boiling water on the windscreen, straight from the kettle. However, the dramatic difference in temperatures can cause the glass to crack and will leave you with a hefty repair bill.
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WRITTEN By Alistair Hague motoring expert at CLP Automotive, Sheffield.
Fuel Always fill up with a full tank of fuel before heading on a long journey. Being stuck on the side of the motorway in zero degree conditions isn’t ideal.
ENGLISH CURRY AWARDS 2014 Words : Jessica F ogarty
The winners of the fourth annual English Curry Awards were announced at a swanky affair at the AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester in October. Over 10,000 nominations came in from all across England and the race to be crowned at this year’s awards ceremony was an extremely tight contest. Akbar’s, who have a chain of 13 restaurants across the north of England including Sheffield and Leeds, were awarded the top titles of Restaurant of The Year and Best of Manchester. Owner Shabir Hussain said: “We are thrilled to announce this is the second year running Akbar’s has withheld the title of Restaurant of The Year. We were also overwhelmed to receive the Best of Manchester award – just to be nominated was enough recognition for
us, but to take the title was an honour.” Noim Ullah, head chef at Cutler’s Spice of Sheffield also took the title of Chef of the Year for the North of England. He said: “This is the third year running our family-run restaurant has retained the Chef of the Year title. I won in 2012, then my wife, Asharfun Nessa Begun won the award last year.” The glam event was hosted by Sunny and Shay Grewal, the couple from the Bafta nominated Channel 4’s ‘The Family’, who currently present a show on BBC Radio London 94.9fm. As well as recognising the curry industry in all its facets, the event also raised just over £1500 for the official charity partners The Well Foundation. Yasmin Mahmood, Operations Director of event organisers Oceanic Consulting commented: “It was a fantastic evening and I would like to thank everyone for attending and a big thank you to our sponsors. Congratulations to all our winner and finalists, and I hope to see you next year!”
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Team/Service of the Year
(nine regional winners and one overall winner)
And the winners are… Curry Lover of the Year Adventures in Curryland Healthy Curry Provider Clapham Tandoori (London) Best Marketing Campaign Shimla Spice (Shipley) Best Restaurant Design Tipu Sultan (Birmingham) Maitre D’ of the Year Mohammed Khalid (Sheesh Mahal, Banbury) Curry King or Queen 2014 Dipna Anand (Brilliant Restaurant, Southall) Lifetime Achievement Award Ahmed S Choudhury (Chairman of Channel S and owner of Rajpoot Restaurant) New Restaurant of the Year Khanage Indian Restaurant (London) Caterer the Year Greenleaf Service (Southall) Best of Manchester Akbar’s
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Overall Winner: Pride of Sylhet (Dunmow) North East Winner: New Bengal Indian Restaurant(Newcastle) North West Winner: Maharajah Restaurant (Liverpool) Yorkshire Winner: Hansas Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant (Leeds) East Midlands Winner: The Curry Fever (Leicester) West Midlands Winner: Indigo Restaurant (Wolverhampton) East Winner: Pride of Sylhet (Dunmow) South East Winner: Indian Melody (Southampton) South West Winner: Nibana (Plymouth) London Winner: The Coriander Leaf (Ealing) Chef of the Year
(three regional winners and one overall winner)
Overall Winner: Arvind Horo (Papa Js, Milton Keynes) North Winner: Niom Ullah (Cutlers Spice, Sheffield) Midlands Winner: Dev Matharoo (Flamingo Bar & Grill) South Winner: Arvind Horo (Papa Js, Milton Keynes) Takeaway of the Year
(nine regional winners and one overall winner)
Overall Winner: Raja Indian Cuisine (Cambridge) North East Winner: Indian Cottage (County Durham) North West Winner: Indian Express (Preston) Yorkshire Winner: Medina Bismillah (Huddersfield) East Midlands Winner: Chutney’s (Leicester) West Midlands Winner: Lime Pickle (West Midlands) East Winner: Raja Indian Cuisine (Cambridge) South East Winner: Masala Bay (Kent) South West Winner: Papa Raj (Plymouth) London Winner: K2 Indian Takeaway (Wimbledon) Restaurant of the Year
(nine regional winners and one overall winner)
Overall Winner: Akbar’s (Newcastle) North East Winner: Akbar’s (Newcastle) North West Winner: Bollywood Masala Restaurant (Manchester) Yorkshire Winner: Aakash Restaurant (Bradford) East Midlands Winner: Haveli Fine Dining Restaurant (Nottingham) West Midlands Winner: Pabna (Leek) East Winner: Rang Mohol (Cambridge) South East Winner: Jai Ho (Surrey) South West Winner: Rajpoot (Bath) London Winner: Chak 89
Yotam Ottolenghi Words : Jessica F ogarty
Yotam Ottolenghi’s path to the world of cooking and baking has been anything but straightforward. Having completed a Master’s degree in philosophy and literature whilst working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, he made a radical shift on coming to London in 1997. He started as an assistant pastry chef at the Capital and then worked at Kensington Place, Launceston Place, Maison Blanc and Baker and Spice, before starting his own eponymous group of restaurants/food shops, with branches in Notting Hill, Islington, Belgravia and Kensington. Chic meets Yotam Ottolenghi when he stops off in Sheffield as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words… When did you first discover an interest in food? I grew up in the Middle East – in Jerusalem – so I never had many ingredients to work with; mainly Arabic lentils, vegetables and herbs. But through travel and research my knowledge of food began to develop – I like to play around with food. My mum is German and my Dad is Italian so I take influences from both of them too. What is your favourite food to work with? The world of the vegetable is so varied. I love working with unloved vegetables – the sweet potato, turnip and sprouts. I always say – it’s not the vegetables fault they don’t taste good – it’s the person cooking that gives them a bad name – over-boiling and under-seasoning. Tell us about your new cookbook, Plenty More? It’s all about giving vegetables the love and attention they deserve. People don’t have enough respect for vegetables. When dining in a restaurant, most will send their steak back if it’s overcooked or not to their liking but they won’t send back cauliflower. My book focuses on the cooking techniques of vegetables. Take cauliflower as an example – you could grate it and serve it raw in a salad; chargrill it for a smoky side dish; deep-fry it so it’s got a new texture – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside; or even put it in a cake. It’s a mix of sweet and savoury recipes focusing on flavour and texture.
What has the response been to your book? Really good. Although I have been tormented by the amount of ingredients I include in my recipes. Some feature up to 18 ingredients and up to eight varieties of spices from the Mediterranean to Asia. Although complex, the results are worth it. There are some more simple recipes for beginners though and ingredients can be substituted if you don’t have an exact match in your cupboard. Do you cook at home? Usually I don’t eat on an evening. I nibble so much throughout the day, testing different dishes, I’m too full to stomach a meal. I just drink wine and watch TV instead. I eat out at friends’ houses fairly often though – in fact one of them cooked a recipe from my new cookbook at a dinner party recently. It was delicious if I may say so myself. Have you ever had a kitchen disaster when trying out a new dish? Oh yes. Last month I appeared on a cookery show and they asked me to create one dish - so I decided on a Quinoa cake. It disintegrated in the pan and there was nothing I could do as I had the exact measurements provided for me and no extra ingredients. Distaster! I play around with food a lot too so I do of course have some failures. I once cooked a whole salmon for a 1970s party and covered the entire - 29 -
fish in tiny slices of cucumber held together with gelatine. It took me hours to make and it tasted awful. All food was awful in the 1970s though. How did becoming a food columnist for The Guardian come about? The newspaper’s offices are based near to where I work so they came in one day and asked me if I was interested in becoming a contributor. I had a struggle writing my column at first. It’s a lot of pressure writing recipes for a national newspaper – I didn’t know how I’d be able to come up with a recipe every week and I was worried what the response would be from other chefs. Now I can create four or five recipes per week. What motivates you in life? Food. I love making it. I love eating it. I’m a big believer that once you’ve had your stomach filled nicely, you’re at ease with the world. What’s your food heaven? A south Asian dish made from Arabic rice, lentils, fried onion, cumin, cinnamon and full fat yogurt. It’s divine. And food hell? A cold falafel. Traditional Arabic Falafel should be fried and served hot, but supermarkets in the UK think it’s acceptable to serve it cold the day after it’s cooked. It’s like serving chips the day after cold.
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Words: Jessica Fogarty
Wagamama takes things upstairs at Meadowhall with restaurant relocation The popular Wagamama restaurant in the busy Meadowhall shopping Centre is set for a move and a makeover just in time for Christmas. The current location will close on November 26 and a brand new restaurant will open upstairs in the lively dining quarter early December. The new restaurant will boast updated interiors with a fantastic open kitchen and relaxing seating booths as well as the iconic communal dining benches that Wagamama is known for. The newly located restaurant will be serving all of the classic Wagamama favourites including the famous chicken katsu curry! There will be room for 146 people to dine in the restaurant to enjoy Wagamama’s flavour-packed dishes such as chicken and prawn pad Thai and ramen dishes – bowls of delicious soup filled with meat or vegetables and heaps of noodles. There’s also the new Wagamama winter menu to be enjoyed, packed full of warming dishes including the spicy surendra’s curry, freshly squeezed juices and the sticky, melt-in-the-mouth banana katsu dessert!
Indika hits the South Yorkshire stage A spectacular theatrical production bringing to life the story of one land – you guessed it – through dance, drama, story-telling and song came to the Doncaster Cast Academy stage in October. The international cast included 24 talented young dancers from India, including finalists from India’s Dancing Superstar (IDS) and India’s Got Talent (IGT). Dr Kumar (52), an Orthopaedic surgeon from Doncaster was the driving force behind the heartwarming production 'Indika' which was seven years in planning. Originally from Vizag in India – a peaceful coastal town, his musical journey started 22 years ago after taking inspiration from an Oprah Winfrey quote – "Passion is energy – feel the power that comes from focussing on what excites you." Told in English, the colourful show brought together a vibrant, foot tapping, high energy Indian spectacle. Its creative mission was to inspire audiences through Indian dance forms whilst sparking curiosity and educating visitors of the 5000 year history of the country in the two hour performance encapsulating the story through song, dance, an eclectic array of music and drama. Dr Kumar told us: "Having worked hard for a career in medicine and gaining my consultant status in Orthopaedics, I looked for a new challenge, a creative journey if you like. "In the beginning it was just an idea, a thought, a dream – with no previous experience I never thought it would ever come to fruition.
“We’re so excited about our brand new look at Meadowhall, and to be able to open our doors just in time for Christmas!” said general manager Dave Gibbon. “We're looking forward
to welcoming Wagamama fans old and new who want to come and say hello to us upstairs. “We are already taking bookings for Christmas fun, so remember to bag your space in advance!”
"From the first notes taken down in a notepad to sourcing the best team to help me with this project, the dancers, set designers, music composers and choreographers, it has been an exciting and rewarding journey. "I've had immense support from friends and family along the way and if it hadn't been for that support network, Indika may never have been born.
"My journey proves that if you dream it, you really can achieve it. I hope that the audiences loved the show as much as the team and I do and found it moving yet educational and funny.”
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CAST is Britain’s newest state of the art theatre in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 3BU. www.indikatheshow.com www.castindoncaster.com
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Vemal and Priya Anand star in a Tamil romantic comedy set against the backdrop of an eventful journey to Chennai. Azhagu (Vemal) and Michael (Soori) are best friends who live in Tuticorin. When Michael falls in love with a local girl, he seeks the help of his pal to get her to a railway station. His plan is to elope to Chennai and get married. But then the girl’s family show up to rescue her and give both young men a thrashing. Our fleeing heroes leap on the train to Chennai, where they befriend beautiful surgeon Priya (Priya Anand). This time, it’s Azhagu’s turn to fall in love. But it turns out that somebody is out to kill Priya!
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Married life is at the heart of the romantic new offering from director Thangar Bachan. Realistic portrayals of human relationships are the speciality of the renowned novelist, cinematographer and director. In ‘Kalavadiya Pozhudugal’, the focus is on the intense love between a married couple. The film marks a comeback for multi-talented choreographer/ actor/director Prabhu Deva in a fully-fledged role. Its strong supporting cast includes veteran performers Bhoomika, Prakash Raj and Inbanila. This is a heartfelt, involving love story with a degree of realism that gives it a powerful emotional punch.
In this action-packed rural entertainer, Vijay Sethupathi and Kreshna play best friends who come from different social classes. Kreshna is in love with Vadhana, whose brother Raj works for Jayaprakash. When Jayaprakash suspects that Raj has cheated him, a rift develops between the two men. Raj also becomes aware of the love affair between his sister and Kreshna. A violent argument ensues, during which Vijay Sethupathi intervenes to protect his friend Kreshna and winds up killing Raj! Naturally, Raj’s relatives assume that Jayaprakash is responsible for the murder. Now Jayaprakash sets about turning Kreshna against guilt-stricken Vijay Sethupathi.
David McVicar revives Giordano’s great historical opera of ill-fated love in a spectacular new production. During the French revolution, noblewoman Maddalena (Eva-Maria Westbroek) falls for the charms of poet Andrea Chenier ( Jonas Kaufmann). But Chenier has a romantic rival in the form of Robespierre’s spy, Carlo Gerard (Zeljko Lucic). The cast is led by Jonas Kaufman, who sings Chenier’s trio of outstanding arias. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Maddalena, which includes the Maria Callas showpiece aria ‘La mamma morta’. Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic is cast as Gerard.
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BRIT ASIA TV MUSIC AWARDS 2014 Words: Jessica Fogarty P H OTO G R AP HY: R A FY L
he biggest names turned out for the Brit Asia Music Awards at the NIA Birmingham in October. Although the award ceremony celebrated new talent and honoured rising stars, this year’s ceremony very much belonged to established names who have been powering Asian music for the past two decades. The Legends Band opened the event with a performance with Saini Surinder and Jay Status for a night of outstanding music and entertainment. Hosted by Radio WM Presenters Sunny & Shay and Brit Asia TV host Sukhi Bart, who encouraged going “off the leash” and whipping up some spontaneous fun, which involved some light hearted fun with TOWIE’s Jasmin Walia who made a entrance with a glittering backless silver dress. The combined UK and India star wattage of Apache Indian, Saini Surinder, Jay Status, Nafees, Manj Musik and Lehmber Hussain Puri added a lustre to the live performances which had the audience on their feet. Most notably, Apache Indian’s win for Lifetime Achievement Award cemented his achievement in the industry.
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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Best Newcomer Bloodline Best Music Video Daddy Da Cash by RDB feat. T Pain Best Male Act Jazzy B Best Female Act Kanika Kapoor Best Band The Legends Band Best Urban Asian Act Raxstar Best Single Zulfa by Jaz Dhami Best Album 12B by B21 Best ‘Asian Music’ Producer Partners in Rhyme Best ‘Non-Asian Music’ Producer Mumzy Stranger Best Club DJ AJD Best Urban Single Swag Mera Desi by Manj Musik & Raftaar Best Songwriter Satinder Sartaaj Best International Act Diljit Dosanjh Lifetime Achievement Award Apache Indian
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Words: Jessica Fogarty
CHAOPHRAYA Asian Chic try out the lunchtime menu at Chaophraya Leeds to experience a true taste of Thailand… Located in the heart of Leeds, you’ll discover Chaophraya – sister restaurant to Sheffield venue Chao Baby. Just a few minutes from the train station, Chaophraya is home to a newly fitted out restaurant complete with Palm Sugar Lounge and a sunken seated private dining room, where guests can get a true taste of Thailand complete with first class service and a bustling atmosphere. The menu features classic authentic Thai dishes from the different regions of Thailand and all dishes are created by chefs who use the finest, freshest ingredients. It’s a truly special place to dine – especially as this year celebrates chaophraya’s tenth anniversary. A friendly face greeted us at the door and we were seated in a circular corner leather booth, overlooking the downstairs dining area. The whole venue oozes class and sophistication. Our drinks order was taken, then we were left to browse the menu while we tucked in to a complimentary bowl of spiced prawn crackers and a sweet chilli dipping sauce. We dined from the lunch menu – two courses for £8.95 served between 12 noon and 6pm Sunday to Friday and 12 noon to 4.30pm Saturday. The choice of starters included: Chicken Satay, Grilled Pork Skewers, Steamed
Wonton, Tempura Vegetables or Prawns and Spring Rolls. We opted for the satay starter – two chicken pieces marinated in Thai herbs on bamboo skewers with peanut sauce; and two homemade crispy spring rolls filled with carrot, cabbage, taro and vermicelli served with sweet chilli sauce. Both were impeccably presented and full of flavour. For main course, there’s the choice of Pad Thai, Egg Noodles with Duck, Chicken with Cashew Nuts & Thai Herbs, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef with Thai Basil, Green Curry with Chicken, Panang Beef Curry, Massaman Lamb Curry or Spicy Crispy Chicken Salad. I opted for the Panang Beef Curry – tender beef strips slowly cooked in a rich Panang curry sauce with coconut milk and cashew nuts, topped with red chilli and served with steamed rice. The sauce is incredibly Moorish. My dining partner opted for the Pad Thai – Chaophraya’s most popular stir fry noodle dish – a plentiful portion of chicken, carrots, spring onions and bean sprouts in a tamarind sauce. Delicious! If dining in the evening, you’ll be spoilt for choice browsing the a la carte menu – from curries, stir-fries, noodle and rice dishes to grills, seafood and vegetarian options. Chaophraya takes its name from the main waterway in Thailand. In ancient times the Chaopraya River breathed life into the families who lived along its banks. Today the river is still regarded as part of the essence of Thailand which is where the restaurants takes inspiration from. Chaophraya Leeds is one of eleven restaurants and bars under the Thai Leisure Group name – a family-run restaurant jointly owned by Kim Kaewkraikhot and Martin Stead. Kim has been a chef for more than 20 years and previously ran her own small restaurant in Bangkok. Kim’s food was renowned in the local neighbourhood for its fantastic flavours. As Martin learnt more about Thailand, he began to see an opportunity and to set about creating a vision. That vision was to bring authentic Thai cuisine and genuine Thai hospitality to the UK. From our experience at Chaophraya Leeds, we can confidently say the duo have achieved this aim successfully! Chaophraya 9 Swinegate Leeds, LS1 4AG 0113 244 9339 www.chaophraya.co.uk
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YO! Sushi This month, the food tasting team at Asian Chic have visited YO! Sushi, Meadowhall, to try out their new menu… We perch on a bar stool and begin to drool over the dishes that trundle around the conveyor belt. You may be under the impression that YO! Sushi only serves up raw fish, given the restaurant name, but the Japanese inspired menu actually offers more than 80 dishes including hot classics, sashimi, tempura, salads, hand rolls and desserts. So whether you love meat, fish or vegetables, don’t panic, you’re catered for. The dishes sit under clear plastic domes on coloured plates. The six coloured plates represent the prices of the dishes – ranging from £1.90 to £5. We love the simple concept, just sit, take, eat and pay – the empties are counted at the end of the meal for the bill. We take a Miso Soup and some Edamame beans as appetisers while we browse the
menu. The soup is a soy bean broth with seaweed, tofu and spring onion. We’re happy to hear refills are unlimited for no extra cost. The soy beans are seasoned in Cornish sea salt – just squeeze, suck then discard the pod. It’s a flavoursome start. Peek over the conveyor belt and you’ll see the team of chefs preparing the dishes – mostly sushi and side dishes circulate the restaurant on the conveyor belt so if there’s something specific that catches your eye on the menu then press a button and a waiter will come take your order. There’s also a button for unlimited still water and another for sparkling water. We’re impressed with the mod-cons. New dishes to the menu include: Oishii Buns – soft white rolls filled with your choice of filling – Hoisin Duck, Spicy Beef, Kimchee Salmon or Mushroom; plus a new selection of sashimi dishes – slices of premium raw fish and Takoyaki – battered octopus balls. I press my buzzer and opt for one of each. In around five minutes my Tuna Tataki and Ponzu Sashimi arrives – five slices of peppered seared Yellowfin tuna with chilli daikon and crispy shallots. Heavenly. A few minutes later my octopus balls and duck roll arrive together – I don’t know where to start. The battered octopus balls are seasoned with mayonnaise, red ginger, bonito flakes, aonori (Seaweed powder) and fruity katsu sauce. I decide these are an acquired taste yet I still manage to polish them off. I saved the best while last. Filled with shredder roast duck and topped with hoisin sauce, spring onions coriander and white sesame seeds – the Oishii Bun is my overall favourite. Room for dessert? We recommend you try the Banana and Chocolate Harumaki – a banana filled spring roll with a side strawberry and chocolate sauce. Naughty but nice. The Meadowhall restaurant has a relaxed, informal atmosphere and the friendly and knowledgeable team give diners a warm welcome. We’ll be back again soon! Yo Sushi Upper High Street (near House of Fraser) Meadowhall Sheffield 0114 218 97 22 www.yosushi.com
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Gujarati cooking Words : Jessica F ogarty
Based in the original kitchens of Carlton Towers, a stately home in the North of Yorkshire, you’ll discover the Cooks Carlton School of Food. Learn to grow, cook, photograph or write about food with the experts – including cooking like a local with Gujarati chef Hansa Dabhi. Carlton Towers is a not a hotel, but there are 15 exquisitely decorated bedrooms for guests to stay before or after the course, to enjoy the rare experience of sleeping in a stately home. The school’s kitchens and facilities at Cooks are a careful merge of the beautifully restored original kitchens of the house and state-ofthe-art facilities including AEG steam ovens and inductions hobs. Courses are tailored to suit each party, be it a group of friends, work colleagues, hen-party or a special occasion. To view the list of courses or for more information, visit www.cooksatcarlton.co.uk We attended the Gujarati cooking course with expert Hansa Dabhi, founder of Hansa’s of Leeds. Here, the award winning Yorkshire chef shares her Gujarati recipes to re-create at home…
Gujarati Speciality Whipped Yoghurt Dessert
30oz / 850g plain yoghurt 6oz / 175g sugar 1 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed 1 tsp pistachio nuts, crushed 11oz / 300g mandarin or any other fruit of your choice
225g chapatti flour – wheat 2 tsp oil Oil for deep-frying 1 tsp of salt 140ml water
Tie the yoghurt in a muslin cloth and place in a colander. Place the colander in a large bowl, and leave to drain for 9-10 hours. The yoghurt should now be reduced to a thick curd. Transfer the colander into a bowl, add sugar, stir lightly and leave to stand for 20 minutes. Beat the mixture until it is light and smooth, add the fruit and ½ tsp of cardamom to the mixture and mix gently to avoid damaging the fruit. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with some fruit, the rest of the cardamom and pistachios. Refrigerate before serving.
Tips: • Shrikand can be made in advance and stored in a fridge for up to 2-3 days without the fruit garnish. • Shrikand can also be frozen for up to 1 month without the garnish and the fruit. Defrost by leaving it out for 3-4 hours before serving with the garnish.
Combine the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add oil and salt. Using your fingertips rub the flour until well mixed. Add the water and knead the mixture with your hands until it forms a stiff dough. Take a little oil onto your hands, knead well to form a smooth dough. Divide the dough into 20 portions and form into smooth balls. Take one ball and roll into a 3 ½ inch (85mm) round, on a lightly greased surface. Heat the oil for deep-frying to a moderately high heat. When the oil is hot, gently slide the puri into the oil, when the puri comes on to the surface pat it gently with a slotted spoon to encourage it to puff up. Turn it over and fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove from the oil with the slotted spoon onto a paper towel. Repeat until all puris are made.
Tip: • If the puris come out too oily, the temperature of the oil is too low.
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Bhagat M uthiya ½ lb (225g) channa daal 1 tbsp gram flour ½ tsp ginger (crushed) ½ tsp garlic (crushed) ½ tsp green chillies (crushed) ½ tsp cumin and coriander powder 6-7 sprigs Fenugreek (finely chopped) 3 tbsp oil Oil for deep frying 1 tsp salt Sauce: 1 large onion, chopped 1 small tomato, diced 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 ¼ tsp chilli powder 1 lb / 450g potatoes, cubed and part-boiled 1 ½ tsp ginger, crushed 1 tsp garlic, crushed 1 tsp cumin and coriander powder 3-4 sprigs fresh coriander 1 ½ tsp garam masala (for garnish) 5 tbsp masala (for garnish) 5 tbsp oil 1 ¼ tsp salt 1 ¼ pt (700ml) water
Method for koftas: 1. Soak the channa daal for 1 hour in hot water, drain and grind in a food processor. Transfer the daal into a bowl and mix with gram flour, all the spices and 3 tbsp oil. 2. Form the mixture into 16 balls, place on a tray and then deep fry them on medium heat for 4-5 mins. 3. Remove with a slotted spoon and leave to one side. Method for the sauce: 1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion until golden brown, then add the tomatoes and the rest of the spices. Let it simmer for 5-8 mins stirring occasionally. 2. Add water, mix well and add the koftas and potatoes. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. 3. Transfer into a serving dish and garnish with the garam masala and fresh coriander.
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Don’t peel ginger – scrape it. It saves waste and you can use the outer layer to make ginger tea. Don’t take the seeds out of chillies – if you don’t like spice, use less chilli. Prepare your spices in bulk to save time each time you cook. Put a dash of oil and salt in the spices to preserve then freeze. It’s Indian tradition to always have some food left in the pan. This is why Indian food is often branded oily – because oil is used to preserve the leftovers. If you burn your spices, don’t continue. Start again – the flavour will be wrong. Never add spice to a Gujarati main course dish. Only starters should taste sweet. When cooking rice – don’t measure it. Use the guideline of five handfuls for five people, plus one more.
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H ANS A D AB HI Chic meets Gujarati chef, Hansa Dabhi, founder of Hansa's Restaurant Leeds. … Was becoming a professional chef always your life ambition?
What is the secret to successful Gujarati cooking?
No. I never went to college or studied nor did I ever pay attention to my mum in the kitchen. I was the youngest in the family so I managed to escape cooking duties. It was only when I married and moved in with my in-laws for six or seven years that I started to learn to cook and enjoyed it. I also learnt different recipes from friends – every Gujarati family has their own recipes. 28 years ago, I gave up my job as a social worker to become a professional chef. I started with a food stall selling Gujarati snacks before opening Hansa’s Restaurant in Leeds. Most Yorkshire diners had never experienced the taste or had any knowledge of Gujarati.
Spice! A spice tray is like a first aid box to a Gujarati chef. It not only adds flavour but each spice has its benefits. Roasted cumin and fresh garlic are good for circulation; fenugreek will cleanse the body and give appetite while turmeric – which adds colour to food – is good to fight flu or treat sprains. I treated an airline fracture on my foot with turmeric. Unusually, your team of staff at Hansa’s are all women. Why is that? I have worked with a lot of Indian men in the kitchen but women are not recognised enough for their talents so I wanted to showcase their skills. So far, it’s worked for me. I only have two rules in my kitchen – firstly no swearing, seconding no shouting – I couldn’t work with Gordon Ramsey. I like a tranquil atmosphere – peace, quiet and happiness. My staff call each other sisters, we are like a family.
Tell us about the menu at Hansa’s? Hansa’s is Gujarati vegetarian home-cooking. Our menu consists of Starters (Sharuaat), our own specialities, a section of vegetable curries (Lilotri), beans or pulse curries (Kathor) and of course the sweets (Mistaan). Gujarat is on the west coast of India – where my parents originated. As with the rest of India, it is predominantly a Hindu state. Hindus are forbidden to kill any living creature, especially for food, so vegetarianism has been a way of life from time immemorial. My menu represents a very small selection of a vast and rich culinary heritage. I have modified my style of cooking to suit most palates, whilst still maintaining the distinct Gujarati taste.
You have two cook books, both highly acclaimed by the food critics of the Times, The Guardian and The Observer – tell us about these? I never thought I’d be able to write one cookbook, never mind two. My first book – Hansa ’s Indian Vegetarian Cookbook – intended to teach people how to cook simple and tasty vegetarian food. My second – Hansa’s More Than Just A Cookbook… It’s My Life – celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of Hansa’s Leeds. I’ve met a lot of lovely people since launching the restaurant, both staff and customers. My family eats in the restaurant every night and there is nothing I love more than seeing customers return to eat with us. It’s the biggest compliment.
Do you get the time to return to Gujarat? Not as often as I’d like to, but my husband Kishor, and I, take small groups of our customers on guided tours to Gujarat and other parts of India to give them the real experience of the mother country.
Words: Jessica Fogarty
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Hansaâ€™s cookbooks are available from Waterstones and all good bookshops as well as at the restaurant itself. Hansaâ€™s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant 72/74 North Street Leeds, LS2 7PN 0113 2444408 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ASIAN FOOTBALL AWARDS 2015 When & Where: TBC Coming in 2015… The Asian Football Awards will return for the third year running.
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Organised by Inventive Sports, the event celebrates Asians in football and has previously attracted hundreds of representatives from grass root clubs and businesses in the football arena, to current and former players and personnel – not just from the UK but around the world. With support and representation from the likes of The FA, PFA, Kick It Out, Show Racism The Red Card and Sporting Equals, AFA 2015 looks set to be another unforgettable event. Sponsorship opportunities now available – contact bal@ inventivesports.co.uk // www.asianfootballawards.co.uk // @AFootballAwards
When: June 24, 2015 Where: West End Price: £15-£49.50 A musical version of the hit British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year. It will be written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also made the 2002 movie starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. The musical will retell the story of teenager Jess, a Punjabi Sikh who loves football but is forbidden to play by her parents. It will open at the Phoenix Theatre on 24 June, with previews from 15 May. Tickets go on public sale on Friday, November 7 at 10am. www.phoenixtheatrelondon.co.uk
THINK PINK CANCER BALL When: November 29, 2014 Where: Newland Manor, Bucks Price: £181.50 EBH proudly presents a glamorous sit down dinner, live entertainment and a spectacular fashion show. There will also be an exciting ‘fashion against cancer’ auction followed by live DJ and dancing. EBH are proud to announce south Asia’s leading designers Umar Sayeed and Shayamal and Bhumuika joins hands to raise funds for cancer awareness. They will be showcasing their couture 2014 winter collection. Gold table ticket price, £181.50, includes 3-course meal. www.chillitickets.com - 07 -
UK BHANGRA AWARDS 2014, BY B4U When: November 29, 2014 Where: Baylis House, Slough Price: £11.50 - £38.50 This red carpet event promises to be the biggest Bhangra extravaganza of the year that will be filled with live music, dance, celebration and recognition of the best in the UK Bhangra industry. The awards ceremony will feature unprecedented live performances by many well-known Bhangra artists and will have some very special guest appearances. The event will be televised by popular Asian satellite channel B4U Music and broadcast live to millions worldwide. Attendance at the event is expected to be around 800 people seated on round tables of ten, made up of general public, Bhangra industry fraternity and VIP’s. www. chillitickets.com
MEHFIL NIGHT WITH SHUJAT ALI KHAN IN MEMORY OF NUSRAT ALI KHAN When: November 15, 2014 Where: Abbey Manor, London Price: £17-34 Introducing the very talented Shujat Ali Khan for his very first UK performance – grandson of legendary classical singer, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, and son of leading contemporary classical singer, Maestro Sharafat Ali Khan (late), and nephew of Ustad Sahfqat Ali Khan. Shujat has inherited the special talent for music. His grandfather Salamat Ali Khan and maternal grandfather, Nazakat Ali Khan were rated among the top classical singers in South Asia. Singing was naturally in his blood, and his singing talents and achievements show this in his trained classical and sufi style singing. Shujat ali khan has successfully toured USA, Switzerland, U.A,E, India and Thailand and makes his debut performance in the UK at Abbey Manor, London. This special evening will also be in memory of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, so expect some of his hits to be sang by Shujat along with hits from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan! www.chillitickets.com
20/20 DATING HINDU AND SIKH PARTY When: November 19, 2014 Where: The Alchemist, London Price: £10-15 It’s a simple concept. Expect a minimum ratio of at least 20 Males and 20 Females (or more!) for the evening or the event does not go ahead and you’ll be refunded your FULL ticket price. No more sex ratio imbalance and a full price refund guarantee… now all you need to focus on is finding your soul mate out of the pick of professionals guaranteed on the evening! Come and join this fantastic evening at this stylish city venue that is Alchemist bar restaurant which is slap bang in the centre of the city! www.chillitickets.com
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CONTENTS We’ve got a great line-up of interviews for Asian food lovers this issue! Our cover star is Gujarati Chef, Hansa Dabhi – founder of award winning restaurant Hansa’s of Leeds – who shares the secrets to her success. We also had the pleasure of meeting highly regarded food writer and chef Yotam Ottolengi when he stopped off at Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival; plus we have the results from the English Curry Awards 2014 and reviews of Japenese Sushi Bar Yo!Sushi and Thai restaurant Chaophraya. Be sure to check out our What’s on Guide this issue too to discover what Asian events are happening across the UK this season and we have all of the latest Bollywood listings to make sure your social calendar is sorted! Enjoy the issue!
What’s On? We have your social calendar, sorted.
Bollywood What’s on in December?
Cover interview Meet award winning chef, Hansa Dabhi.
News Wagamama is relocating / Indika on stage
Food Gujarati cooking
Interview Yotam Ottolengi
News English Curry Awards
Food reviews Yo!Sushi / Chaophraya
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