Success in interview Stage

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    jaygo said:

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    OK so after my post earlier on this month
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    I had an interview a while back and believed that I had not been succesful until I received the following email:

    "Stazione"

    Hi Gordon,

    Thank you for coming to the interview last week.
    We were impressed and would like to progress matters by having you cook for us.
    We would like to do this at Stazione week beginning Monday 24th.
    Could you let me know when you are available?
    It would involve cooking a couple of standard dishes and a couple of dishes of your devising.
    We would pay for all ingredients involved and £20 towards expenses.
    I would be grateful if you could confirm to me as as soon as possible as to whether you are interested in proceeding.

    Best regards,

    Ronnie


    I thought woop woop this is the start of something new.
    So I quickly replied and received this email at 9pm Last Night:

    Hi,

    The practical interview that we are planning involves the following:

    1) Create and cost a winter dish that could serve as a starter made from seasonal ingredients, designed to appeal to the more discerning customer, that will show a creative understanding of flavours and their combination on the plate. Gross margin should be good due to appropriate use of seasonal ingredients. This need not be an "expensive" dish. This can be prepared/part prepared at home.

    2) Create and cost a winter dish that could serve as a main course made from seasonal ingredients, designed to appeal to the more discerning customer, that will show a creative understanding of flavours and their combination on the plate. Gross margin should be good due to appropriate use of seasonal ingredients. This need not be an "expensive" dish. This can be prepared/part prepared at home.

    3) Describe and cost, but do not make, 2 other such dishes.

    4) Make on site:
    pizza
    one margharita
    one with interesting seasonal toppings

    5) Make on site:
    beer battered haddock
    chips
    mushy peas

    We will provide:
    fish
    maris piper potatoes
    beer
    soda water


    If you have any comments or questions re the ingredients or process please don't hesitate to let me know.
    (eg you would like to provide your own type of beer, you need more ingredients from us, you have a question re equipment....)

    I will be in touch re time/date.

    Best regards,

    Ronnie Somerville

    So I quickly began workings in my head and writing of menu items. I went to tesco at Midnight last night for provisions for my dishes and returned home to begin prepping and thinking some more.

    I was up until 3 am this morning and then eventually went to bed only to rise again at 8 to continue on.

    What I would like to know is what you guys think of the menu I have devised and costed.
    Ideally
    A: Do you like the sound of the dishes?
    B: Would you be prepared to pay the advertised cost for the dishes?

    Any feedback I am grateful for.

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    Nibb said:

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    It looks pretty good to me m8!

    Pricing looks sensible in my opinion also, but I aint an expert!

    Best of luck with it!
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    Fear345 said:

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    Sounds bang on to me mate and a reasonable price hope it goes well.
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    Mickey said:

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    For the beer batter use old peculiar or newcastle ale matey

    But sounds ok, id buy it
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    RSV said:

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    Sounds good mate...
    Made me real hungry now tho... Lol
     
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    jaygo said:

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    So far all good comments cheers guys
     
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    willp2003 said:

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    looks good. good luck with it
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    Roach-Rampino said:

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    All sounds very tasty and you've kept to the parameters that they set.

    Best of luck mate
     
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    jaygo said:

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    Quick update have just received an email acknowledging receipt of everything I have a prelimanary time of 5pm on Wednesday and if this confirmed I will let you all know

    For those that asking where the Restaurant is here is a linky to there old Website:

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    baronvon said:

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    looks a good menu mate, I had ginger in mash recently and really enjoyed it (however I think it was with Ostrich and not beef)

    Cheers

    THE BARON
     
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    Zippeyrude said:

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    Sounds very nice, i like the fact that they want to maintain seasonal dishes. I think many people are fed up of generic - all year round dishes - which dont exloit the great tastes and textures of fresh (and local) produce.

    best of luck mate, you seem to know your onions !!
     
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    honestDave said:

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    i know seasonal limits your choice of ingredients but you are doing savoy cabbage more than once - will that count against you?

    also, are all your flavours (jus, puree, chutney, etc) going to be sour? or are you going to demonstrate a greater breadth?

    PS I'm sure you're technically cabable of more breadth, and am just asking if you are going to demonstrate that in your menu.

    Don't want you limiting yourself.

    Otherwise looks very good.

    best of luck.
     
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    mmg said:

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    Good menu mate, one small suggestion is that you are making a turrine, and giving a recipe for pate, a bit too similar for me, I would make one and then have a different dish altogether possibly a soup?
     
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    jaygo said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestDave View Post
    i know seasonal limits your choice of ingredients but you are doing savoy cabbage more than once - will that count against you?

    also, are all your flavours (jus, puree, chutney, etc) going to be sour? or are you going to demonstrate a greater breadth?
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    I dont feel savoy cabbage used twice will count against me as it is being used in completly different ways.
    Jus will be slightly sweet and puree will have a slight sourness to it which will give the balance I am looking for and you are talking about.
     
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    jaygo said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmg View Post
    Good menu mate, one small suggestion is that you are making a turrine, and giving a recipe for pate, a bit too similar for me, I would make one and then have a different dish altogether possibly a soup?

    A terrine and a Pate are 2 different things.
    A Pate generally is smooth and can be served in a mould other than in a loaf tim style.
    Whereas a Terrine in general can be coarse or unblended food and layered to produce a different texture.

    thanks for all comments so far guys
     
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    mmg said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaygo View Post
    A terrine and a Pate are 2 different things.
    A Pate generally is smooth and can be served in a mould other than in a loaf tim style.
    Whereas a Terrine in general can be coarse or unblended food and layered to produce a different texture.

    thanks for all comments so far guys

    I know that, I didn't say they were the same I said they were similar, a family friend was a restaurant critic for years and he said the same to me, just trying to help you dude
     
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    neo2810 said:

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    I concur

    Looks good, and prices are about right for Glasgow. Good luck mate...
     
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    Brydo666 said:

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    All the best with the meal, I'm sure you'll do great.

    As for the resteraunt, it's a very nice place ... have been on a few occasions.
     
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    cronus71 said:

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    Looks good to me, good luck!
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    gotasmoke said:

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    I'd be happy to eat that. Best of luck with it.