As part of my 30th birthday present, Gemma spoiled me with “An Evening in the Kitchen with Tessa Kiros” at Divertimenti on Marylebone High Street. She is an acclaimed chef and author of three outstanding books; Twelve, Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam, from which the recipes of the night were chosen. Tessa Kiros has a mixed culinary background. Part Finnish, part Italian and part South Africa, a part which endears her more to me than any other old naked (or otherwise) chef 😉 The evening started off around 7PM and proceeded exactly as advertised on the tin, with Tessa in the kitchen displaying her prowess and obvious natural flare for cooking through the preparation of several original and impressive, yet simple, recipe’s. Among them, beetroot gnocchi with a rough pesto, poached summer fruits, chicken in milk with cheese and a kind of chocolate breakfast bread. Watching a pro like Tessa work is, for me, more exciting than attending a music concert or football match… despite being the only testosterone producing person in the room. The following weekend Gemma and I plied our new skills with a measure of imagination to the making of sweet potato and roast butternut gnocchi, which turned out to be a resounding success for a first try. Thanks Gem.