Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Win Our Super Gourmet Prize; Fay Maschler Outlines Our Annual Competition No True Food Lover Will Want to Miss out on ES GOURMET COMPETITION

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Win Our Super Gourmet Prize; Fay Maschler Outlines Our Annual Competition No True Food Lover Will Want to Miss out on ES GOURMET COMPETITION

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Byline: FAY MASCHLER

THE COMPETITION

THE Evening Standard Gourmet Competition takes you to places you have always wanted to go.

As news comes in of a previous winner, Antonia Bruce, landing her dream job at Gordon Ramsay Holdings, we launch the search for our Gourmet 2006 - a delectable journey which this year kicks off at glamorous Nobu in Park Lane.

Patience, luck, cunning or friends in the right places are still prerequisites for a booking at Nobu Matsuhisa's first London restaurant, which opened nine years ago. The 20 Evening Standard readers picked as finalists have a firm reservation in the stylish White Room on the evening of Thursday 27 April 2006. Nobu's singular Japanese style of cooking, based on his own peripatetic life story, which includes time spent working in Peru, will be celebrated in the dinner created by executive chef Mark Edwards.

It will be the perfect example of a multi-course omakase menu - where the chef decides the content, balance and impact of the meal based on all that is freshest and finest.

Written questions will be asked about the many and various dishes. The highest scorer in this unique exam will win the covetable prize of a weeklong trip to California - home of Nobu's first American restaurant, Matsuhisa - where the gastronomic adventures detailed below include dinner at Nobu Malibu, a favourite of film stars with beach homes nearby.

The first step to becoming one of the fortunate 20 is to answer the questions in the coupon below. Send the answers by post or email to the addresses given by Tuesday 28 March. The same questionnaire will be published again next Wednesday. Senders of the first 20 correct entries opened at random after the closing date will be invited to the Evening Standard Gourmet dinner at Nobu Park Lane on 27 April, where the race to start California dreamin' will begin.

Second prize in the competition is dinner for two at the all-singing, alldancing Nobu Berkeley, which opened last year, and third prize is a case of wine provided by California Tourism.

THE PRIZE

You could fly to California and enjoy some of the finest food and wines America has to offer

OUR Evening Standard Gourmet 2006 plus partner or friend will be flown to San Francisco business (Saga) class on Icelandair, one of Europe's most dynamic and progressive airlines. There is the option of a stopover in Iceland on the journey to or from the USA. California Tourism, which has organised this exceptional prize in association with Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, is providing car hire, so one of the party must be in possession of a valid driving licence. Another point to note is that, under California law, alcohol cannot be served to anyone under 21.

The first three nights of sublime total immersion in California wine country will be spent at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, a hotel and 92-acre vineyard which, in their words, defines serenity. …

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