Ale’s well that tastes well.....

An innovative recipe devised by a talented student has been published in a new cookery book.

Malcolm Lomax, 52, a second-year Professional Culinary Arts student at the University of Derby, Buxton, entered a ‘Funkie Food and Ale Challenge’ set up by Hobsons Brewery.

His recipe ‘Old Henry’s Orzotto,’ a risotto-type dish, combined Old Henry’s ale with pearl barley, mushrooms and spinach.

Malcolm said: “I was so delighted to hear that my recipe was selected to go into the book. I really like the dish I created, and the thought that lots of other people can now make it and enjoy it too makes me feel very happy and proud.”

Malcolm’s success marks a strong year for the University of Derby’s Professional Culinary Arts programme after lecturer Robert Stordy was crowned University Chef of the Year 2012.

Speaking about his student’s triumph, Robert added: “We’re all very proud of Malcolm and excited to see his first recipe in print.

“I always encourage students to test and develop their skills using new ingredients and techniques.”

The Hobsons Brewery Cook Book will be launched at the Ludlow Food Festival on September 8 and will feature 20 recipes chosen by a panel of judges.

Kate Pearce, from Hobsons Brewery, commented: “Malcom’s recipe was exactly what we were looking for. It is a great vegetarian dish with a twist.”

The 2012 Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival runs from September 7 – 9 at Ludlow Castle and features more than 160 top quality small independent food and drink producers.