Press release: Spaghetti Junction on a plate! Award-winning chef celebrates iconic structure

first_imgMichelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has created a mouth-watering dish based entirely on the ingredients which get from plot to plate at his Birmingham restaurant via the well-known structure.The special dish, called ‘Truffled A38’, comprises celeriac, Maris Piper potatoes, double cream, fresh parsley, Berkswell cheese, garnished with truffle and seasoned with salt and ground ginger.Glynn, affectionately known as the ‘Yummy Brummie’, created the dish specially for Highways England to mark the 50th anniversary of work starting to build the road, officially named Gravelly Hill Interchange.View a video of Glynn creating the dish.He and Highways England also aim to raise the profile of the 2018 Year of Engineering campaign designed to encourage more young people into the industry.Glynn said: Celeriac – Quartered Maris piper potato – 1 large, peeled and washed Double cream – 300ml Fresh parsley – 1 tablespoon chopped Berkswell Cheese – 30g grated Truffle Salt and ground ginger to season Glynn first started cooking at the age of 14. his first food related memory was cooking baked beans on toast with curry powder, a testament to his desire to experiment with different flavour combinations on leaving school, he joined the Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) where he would catch the No 966 bus to get to the venue he started working as an apprentice and worked for six years in various departments accolades include obtaining Birmingham’s first Michelin Star for Jessica’s in 2005. Purnell’s has held a Michelin Star every year since 2009. By bringing young people face to face with engineering experiences and role models, the Year of Engineering campaign aims to showcase the creativity and innovation of engineering careers and widen the pool of young people from all backgrounds who are willing to consider the profession, diversifying a workforce that is 91% male and 94% white.Highways England’s emergency planning officer Frank Bird is responsible for managing traffic flows around the structure and has done so for the past 14 years. He was the lucky recipient when it came to tasting the dish.Frank said: it is the interchange of the M6, A38, A38 (M) connecting Birmingham and the M6 work started to build the road in 1968 some of the columns elevating the structure reach some 80ft Spaghetti Junction continues to hold international acclaim having formed the backdrop for filming for Ready Player One with some scenes filmed underneath the structure the towering concrete columns, some reaching to 80 feet high, formed the ideal backdrop to the film, which was in cinemas earlier this year for the filming, special templates featuring graffiti were stuck to the concrete structures and various props added into the set, including cars and tyres, with a ‘camp’ constructed for the new film the film crew took considerable effort to protect the structure and ensure nothing was damaged during filming Using a vegetable spiralizer, prepare the celeriac and potato into vegetable “spaghetti”. Put the cream into a large sauté pan and reduce by half, add the celeriac and potatoand cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until al dente, add the cheese and stir into incorporate. Add the parsley and season with salt and ground ginger. Using a pasta fork twist the vegetable spaghetti and place into a serving dish, spoonthe creamy sauce over the top. Finish by grating fresh truffle over the top. About Glynn Purnell It was a tremendous honour to be asked by Highways England to create a special dish as a tribute to Spaghetti Junction. I also took it very seriously as it means an incredible amount to me as a proud Brummie. I use the road at least four to six times a day and for me it is more about traffic, it is symbolic of Brummies and their sense of humour which comes across in the name of the road. I’m proud to have a restaurant in Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction is an essential part of helping to get daily produce here to the restaurant from places across the country such as Cornwall. My children always chuckle when I mention Spaghetti Junction to them because they imagine it is like a piece of spaghetti, a drawing on a piece of paper. But it’s important that they think about the world around them and how things are built and constructed. It is great that the Year of Engineering is calling on youngsters to think about a career in the sector because without engineering we wouldn’t have the road and it is a crucial part of helping people to access the wonderful city of Birmingham. There will always people that poke fun and criticise it, but for me, the road does more good than bad and I think we’d be lost without it. Any young people inspired to explore a career in engineering are encouraged to visit the Year of Engineering website which has further information.The recipe for Truffled A38 Spaghetti Junction in numbers Method: It was a real earthy dish and it certainly showcased the variety that comes into the kitchen through Spaghetti Junction every day. It tasted delicious and it is a privilege to have someone like Glynn Purnell recognising the significance of the road and its role in serving the people of Birmingham and beyond. The Year of Engineering is crucial in helping to get the budding engineers of tomorrow thinking about the world around them and the 50th anniversary of work starting to build Spaghetti Junction is testament to what can be achieved by talented engineers. General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

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In-foal Knock lands hat-trick

first_img “The only race she won’t run in is the Galway Plate!” Nicholson joked afterwards. “We will have to think about the Galway Hurdle now and she could also run in the amateur riders’ race on the Monday. “We took her home after Bellewstown (on Friday) and she put her head in the pot and has never stopped eating since. I fed her at 5:30 this morning and it was gone by six. I had to come with another one anyway, so I said I’d let her take her chance. She is in foal to Fame And Glory and she is from a lucky family for us.” River Slaney (14-1) got away from the last quicker than Sizing India in the 20,000 Euros Tote Placepot Guarantee Maiden Hurdle after a battle down the straight and Liz Doyle’s six-year-old won by two lengths under Adrian Heskin. The trainer’s partner Barry Murphy said: “I’m not surprised. He was second in a maiden hurdle at Thurles when he was fairly short (of work). He since ran at Clonmel, but the ground turned soft and he wasn’t able to handle it. We have always thought he would win a maiden and Adrian thinks he is good enough to run in a winners race. He needs a fence.” Carrig Rua Lady built up a huge lead in the first division of the Greenmount Conference Centre Mares Flat Race and had everything bar Sandy Jane stone cold turning for home, but Jane Mangan delivered a decisive run on her father Jimmy’s 10-1 shot, who got up to win by two lengths. The second leg went to the Willie Mullins-trained newcomer Supreme Bailerina (9-1), who produced a devastating turn of foot in the closing stages to cut down the opposition and win going away by seven and a half lengths in the hands of David Thomas. Knockcroghery switched to the jumps for the At The Races Rated Hurdle at Limerick after two wins on the level and made it three victories in the space of 11 days in a thrilling finish. Trained by John Nicholson, the mare (5-2) has been at the top of her game since getting in foal to the 2011 Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, and she jumped with speed and accuracy throughout. She was allowed to sweep into the lead going to two out by Mark Enright and knuckled down to the task when challenged hard by the favourite Pires on the run-in, the post coming just in time as she scored by a short head. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Walsh puts rivals to the sword

first_imgMark Walsh made it a treble on the day at Fairyhouse and nine wins in the past week when guiding Sword Fish to victory in the Boylesports Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase. The Christy Roche-trained 9/2 chance was always prominent under Walsh, who remained supremely confident in allowing Thelobstercatcher a narrow advantage in the home straight. Just edging in front at the last, he then extended his advantage up the run-in, secure a length and a quarter advantage. Press Associationcenter_img “Mark said it enjoyed it (the heavy ground), said owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry. “That made up for the last day when he just got chinned. He’s been pretty consistent all season. “We’ll try and find something like that again. He seemed to cope with the ground better than he used to.” Berry also had praise for the winning rider, who currently leads the jockeys standings, adding: “Mark is riding with a lot of confidence and that comes with riding good horses.” last_img read more

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Wenger thrilled by Arsenal progress

first_img The Gunners romped to a 4-1 win over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, which was a seventh successive Barclays Premier League victory and moved them up into second place. While Manchester City could reclaim second by beating Crystal Palace on Monday and the title looks out of reach as Chelsea remain seven points ahead with a match in hand, there is no doubt when Wenger has all of his squad available Arsenal are capable of giving anyone a run for their money. Press Association Although there was disappointment at failure to progress in Europe following elimination by Monaco, the prospect of an improved league finish and successful FA Cup defence remains very much on the agenda. Wenger, who was often criticised over the direction of his team following almost a decade without a trophy, feels finally things are starting to come together. “We have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team,” he said. “There is something happening, that shows you that they are ready to fight for each other. “You can see that, you can’t cheat on that, people smell that. “It of course is a good basis, and defensively we are getting better.” Following a poor start to the campaign, Arsenal were expected to struggle to sustain a place in the top four. Wenger, though, will not get complacent. “I am old enough to know that things are never as comfortable as they look, but what is true is that it’s in our hands. How well we deal with the situation now will be important,” he said. Wenger has his sights set on getting as close to Chelsea as possible, with the leaders set to come to the Emirates Stadium on April 26. “I am a competitor and what that means is you have to go as high and as far as you can. When you go home if somebody was better than us, then ‘well done’, but we have to have given our best until the end and that is what I would like to do,” he said. “Let’s give everything to do it and see what happens. “We are in a good position, with four games at home and only three away. “We are on a good run, so I would say that it will be down to how we can maintain that focus and level of urgency between now and the end of the season.” After failing to make the most of their positive start on Saturday, Arsenal had to soak up some pressure from Liverpool, with Raheem Sterling failing to capitalise when put in on goal. The Gunners finally broke the deadlock through the unlikely source of full-back Hector Bellerin, who slotted home a fine left-foot curling effort on 37 minutes. It proved the catalyst for an onslaught, with Mesut Ozil’s free-kick and a rocket by Alexis Sanchez on the stroke of half-time effectively ending the contest. After Arsenal’s tempo dropped, Liverpool reduced the arrears with a penalty from Jordan Henderson, but following the dismissal of Emre Can for a second yellow card, Olivier Giroud cracked home a late fourth to cap a memorable afternoon’s work. Wenger admits he has been impressed by the work-rate of both Bellerin and defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, who were each drafted into the first-team as cover for injury, but are now an integral part of the side. Asked if either man was in his thoughts at the start of the season, Wenger said: “Honestly, no. But my job is to remain open-minded and make decisions when you have to. “(I picked Bellerin against Liverpool) because of his pace. “I thought (Daniel) Sturridge would play and then Sterling would have gone on the flank. “Because of his low centre of gravity, Sterling changes direction very quickly and Hector is short as well.” Wenger added: “I think you also have to give credit to players who get less, such as Coquelin. “In the first half he broke up many attacks in a convincing way. “But honestly I couldn’t say that in my head (at the start of the season) Coquelin was one of the first-choice players.” Manager Arsene Wenger is convinced something is finally happening at Arsenal again – and everyone can “smell” it. last_img read more

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