Top TV chef films episode with Duchess at Garden

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A top TV chef has filmed an episode of his new show at Alnwick Garden this week, with a bit of help from the Duchess.

Australian-Vietnamese Luke Nguyen visited the tourist attraction for a new series he is creating about food from Great Britain.

The chef, who owns the Sydney Red Lantern Restaurant, explored the Poison Garden with the Duchess of Northumberland, before creating a dish, on a camping stove on the grass in front of it.

And for Luke, it was an opportunity to find out more about the ingredients he uses in his cooking.

“I never knew that some of the things I use all the time – garlic, chilli etc, were aphrodisiacs,” he said.

“When I spoke to the Duchess about coming here and discovered there was the Poison Garden, it was amazing.

“It was a great opportunity to meet the Duchess and to see the 11th-century Alnwick Castle –being Australian-Vietnamese I don’t see many castles.

“And the Garden is just wonderful, they do some amazing things here and it was a great experience.”

The Duchess of Northumberland added: “It has been wonderful to have someone like Luke with his style of cooking.

“You don’t often see a lot of that in the North East and it was wonderful to take part.”

The programme, which has not yet been named, will be aired on the Good Food Channel in 2015.




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