Robert cooks up a recipe for success

Robert Stordy
Robert Stordy

A UNIVERSITY chef lecturer from Buxton will travel to Italy and sample its fine foods for the very first time, after winning a national search for an imaginative Italian recipe.

Robert Stordy, who is the Chef Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Culinary Arts degree programme at the University of Derby Buxton, came joint first in the Galbani Mozzarella recipe competition with his delicious penne, porcini and Galbani mozzarella timpano with a sun-dried tomato and olive salsa.

The competition was run by Lactalis McLelland, the producer of Galbani, and was judged by a panel of leading chefs including members from the Craft Guild of Chefs together with Italian cookery icon, Valentina Harris.

Robert’s prize was a four-day trip to Umbria, Italy, in October where he will be wine tasting, truffle hunting and cooking at Valentina Harris’ cookery school.

“It’s a fantastic prize,” Robert said. “I’ll be based at a cookery school at Montone, which is about 30km from Perugia. I get to go truffle hunting, wine and olive oil tasting, and experience a couple of traditional Italian cookery classes. I’m looking forward to sharing all of these experiences and inspiration for new recipes with my students when I return.”