Tom Kerridge’s ultimate menu

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Tom Kerridge has been teaching us how to cook in a ten-part series. To round it up, Tom has shared his favourite choices for a three-course meal.

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Have you been following Tom Kerridge’s learn to cook series? If you have, by now you’ll know ten core skills, what key kitchen kit to buy, budget-busting tips and presentation wins. But how can you put this knowledge to good use? Tom has shared his ultimate menu with us – and we’ve matched his ideas with BBC Good Food recipes that are more of a challenge.

Tom Kerridge’s ultimate menu

First course

“I always go for something fried, crispy or crunchy to start.”

Battered Amritsari fish
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Battered Amritsari fish
Squid pakoras with coconut yogurt dip
Pea, feta & quinoa spring rolls with roast tomato nam prik
Crispy squid with capers
Cauliflower tempura

Main course

“Go for something slow cooked – preferably something that takes over a day to prepare and cook.”

Butter-basted pork loin with stuffing crust & cheesy polenta
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Tom’s butter-based pork loin
Tom’s fish stew with roast garlic & saffron
Twice cooked pork belly with onion & apple veloute
Ballotine of pheasant
Proper beef, ale & mushroom pie


“Don’t go for anything that’s too sweet. People sometimes add too much sugar – you want to be able to taste the key component of the pudding, be that milk, chocolate, fruit or another main ingredient.”

White chocolate & cardamom tart with raspberry dust
Try making…

White chocolate & cardamom tart with raspberry dust
Raspberry millefeuilles
Blackberry & apple frozen yogurt cake
Razzle dazzle lemon roulade
Strawberry gâteau St Honoré

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