For the February outing of the Victoria Inn Foodie Club, we drew a celebrity chef from the random pot of themes, Mr Gino D’acampo. Personally, I was nonplussed at this happening as I snobbishly don’t quite count Mr GD as a proper chef. Sorry, but smiling on Ready Steady Cook and giving the odd housewife an even odder thrill with your big eyes and toothy grin doesn’t automatically result in knowing your asofetida from your elbow, no matter how personable you are (I’m looking at you too, Ainsley).
But Gino we got, so Gino we took to google in search of a good night’s eating. Having a main course allocated should have been a godsend on this one, it is usually the category with most wiggle room but it seemed that the majority of Mr D’Acampo’s mains tended to be a variation on mixed meat with a bit of chilli. Had I not briefly conferred with Charlotte before shopping for my dish, all three mains served would have been meatballs! I may have been quick to judge however, as there certainly was some good stuff on offer and us Fooders can only take so much credit for that as it all began with a funny little Italian man who once went in to the jungle and survived a couple of seasons with Worrell Thompson. Let see what we managed to come up with.
And there you have it, in conclusion we can say that Gino loves a bit of chilli and should maybe stick to the puddings as they were all marvellous. Though credit where due, if you stray away from his obvious Italian classic recipes there’s some more interesting stuff to be found, especially that yummy soup.