Date: 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 16:15

Today (Sunday, September 14) renowned cookery writer, restaurateur and TV presenter Antonio Carluccio cooked up a sumptuous array of dishes made using produce from the Eden Project's outdoor gardens as part of Eden's Harvest food festival.

Antonio created aubergine medallions with mozzarella in a tomato sauce, gnocchi with pesto, sea kale with polenta and a pasta risotto with courgette, mint and courgette flowers.

He decided what dishes to create after selecting fresh ingredients from the outdoor gardens, including aubergines, tomatoes and fragrant basil. Following a packed demonstration, Antonio answered questions and signed copies of his books for the audience too.

Antonio said: "I'm in paradise here at Eden. Being able to explore the gardens and collect all this produce makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland."

Antonio has written many cookery books and has starred in numerous TV programmes, including Antonio Carluccio's Southern Italian Feast and Two Greedy Italians, in a career spanning more than 55 years.

Antonio Carluccio joins a host of celebrity chefs and food experts sharing their top tips throughout Eden's Harvest food festival, which takes place until Sunday, October 5.

The demos continue next week with appearances from Jeremy Pang of the School of Wok on September 15 and Thom Hunt of Channel 4's Three Hungry Boys on September 17 among others.

The Harvest festival also includes a whole weekend of activities celebrating chillies on September 20 and 21, including demonstrations from Edson Diaz-Fuentes, head of menu innovation at Wahaca, the group of innovative Mexican market food restaurants.

From September 22 to 28, the project will be focusing on the amazing African fruit baobab, which boasts six times the level of vitamin C found in oranges. There will be a demonstration by Frances Quinn, winner of last year's Great British Bake-Off, as well as Stephane Delourme, head chef at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

From September 29 to October 5, the focus will be on all things alcoholic, with beer, wine, cider and spirits all being showcased. On October 4, Eden's second annual beer festival, run in partnership with St. Austell Brewery, takes place.

Harvest kicked off on September 6 with a co-demonstration from Jack Monroe, star blogger and author of bestselling cookery book A Girl Called Jack, and Allegra McEvedy, co-founder of the healthy fast-food restaurant group Leon, food writer and regular on TV cooking programme, and has already featured demos from the likes of Masterchef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman and Great British Bake-Off finalist Kimberley Wilson.

Harvest activities are included in the standard Eden Project admission price. Tickets to the Beer Festival cost £10 each and can be bought online. For more information on the event and to buy tickets to the Beer Festival, go to: www.edenproject.com/harvest