Gordon Ramsay scored top marks with his diners in the final episode of the F Word series.
Working alongside Dougal Sharp, owner and founder of Innis & Gunn, the revolutionary Oak Aged Beer, Gordon created a one-off ‘F Word Beer’ which he served with Janet Street-Porter’s organically reared veal – a combination that brought about high praise from F Word diners.
Brewed and bottled in his London garden, the cameras followed every stage of the brewing process, with Gordon choosing to use Britain’s iconic Maris Otter barley blended with English Goldings hops before ageing the beer for over a month in an American White oak cask, closely following the unique process pioneered by Innis & Gunn.
Channel 4’s F Word has never before followed the brewing process, so this is a highly significant move from one of Britain’s most influential chefs. The notion of pairing beer with food in top flight restaurants has been growing fast in the last three years; but Gordon is the first top restaurateur to try their hand at brewing their own beer.
The programs, televised from early May to July 29th, followed Gordon in his quest for the perfect beer to match with veal from Janet’s veal calves. Gordon called on Edinburgh based master brewer, Dougal Sharp, to help him create his own home-brew incorporating all those delicious oak-barrel-derived vanilla and caramel spice flavours, that work so well with the delicate, sweet taste of tender veal.
Dougal Sharp comments:
“Brewing with Gordon was great fun. It was a new experience for him and he was genuinely excited about the whole brewing process.
“When it came to tasting the beer after its long maturation in oak barrels, we were both nervous before taking our first sip as we had absolutely no back-up if all had gone wrong. Luckily the brew was a gem and Gordon was really pleased.
“However, the final test was serving the beer with Gordon’s fantastic Veal dish in the F Word restaurant. I was lucky enough to be a diner on the night so was able to see people’s reactions to the beer first hand – it was really well received and worked brilliantly with the veal. I hope this shows that Beer is a f’…ing good match to some of the world’s best cooking.”
Notes: Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer is available from all good supermarkets from £1.58. Catch Dougal brewing with Gordon on the F Word by visiting Channel 4 on demand: www.channel4.com/4od
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