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Culinary Ringmaster is HotShot

Friday, 26th August 2011

Carousel of Candy Floss, Popcorn and Doughnuts


CULINARY ringmaster Graham Floyd brought all the fun of the fair to Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar for Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s (LBTB’s) Lancashire HotShots evening!

Among the highlights of a delicious three-course menu was a dazzling quartet of fairground attraction desserts as well as masala popcorn and honeycomb lollypop!

Graham, Sous Chef at the Michelin Bib Gourmand and Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured restaurant, took over the kitchen as part of the Tourist Board’s prestigious young chef initiative which provides them with the opportunity to take over the running of their restaurant for one night.

Graham, has been working at Twelve for the last four years and trained at Blackpool & The Fylde College. Along with his parents and younger sister, he was part of a travelling circus until the age of 10 and drew on his childhood experiences to create a circus inspired menu!

Photographs and newspaper cuttings of his life in the circus were featured on the restaurant’s wall projector and there was also circus style music as diners took their ringside seats.

Paul Moss, Chef Proprietor of Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar, paid tribute to Graham’s leadership in the kitchen.

He said: “Graham has performed excellently this evening. He clearly demonstrated he’s got the skills and talent to juggle the demands of a busy kitchen. At Twelve we are a firm supporter of nurturing new talent in the industry and we were very pleased to be involved with the tourist board’s young chef initiative.”

Diners were given feedback forms to express their views about the evening, but initial reactions were overwhelmingly positive on the quality of the food and the variety of the menu with special praise for the fairground attraction desserts.

Graham was presented with a certificate of recognition by Tony Openshaw, Director of Marketing at Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board who said the evening had been a great success.

He said: “Everyone enjoyed a great evening at Twelve! The food that Graham and his team served was delicious and the circus theme was an excellent idea. It is clear that standards in the Lancashire Hotshots initiative continue to grow and clearly demonstrate the great talent we have in Lancashire..”

Graham Floyd’s Lancashire HotShot menu



Masala Popcorn



Carpaccio of Beetroot

goats cheese mousse, pine nuts, balsamic reduction

Ham Hock Terrine

spiced pineapple, fried quail’s egg


Braised Daube of Beef

red wine sauce, truffle mash, wild mushroom, baby onion

Fillet of Plaice

herb risotto, panache of summer vegetables


Fairground Attraction

selection of fairground desserts (Chocolate coated popcorn served with candyfloss, apple panna cotta with sesame seed toffee, cinnamon doughnut and marshmallow ice-cream)

Lancashire cheese board

fruit chutney, biscuits

Petit Four

honeycomb lollypop

Notes to Editors

Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar and Twelve Event Management is located at the Fylde’s historic gem, Marsh Mill Village, Thornton Cleveleys. It is jointly owned by husband and wife team, Paul Moss, Chef Proprietor, and Caroline Upton, Front of House Proprietor.

  • Twelve Restaurant currently holds Michelin Bib Gourmand status which it has retained for the seventh year running; the award recognises restaurants which provide good food at moderate prices.
  • Twelve also holds 2AA Rosettes; Lancashire & Lake District Life Restaurant of the Year 2004-2005; Ceda Grand Prix Awards 2008 – best kitchen design.

·  Twelve employs more than 32 members of staff including Head Chef, Tom Nelder, Event Designer Dulcie Devlin and Conference and Banqueting Co-ordinator Liz Connor.

  • Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar is open six days a week, from Tuesday until Sunday, from 6.30pm and for Sunday lunch from 12noon-2pm.

·  Twelve operates outside catering and event management services called Twelve Event Management (TEM). Twelve opened the Twelve Corner Shop selling specialist food and cookery equipment in November 2010.

For more information about Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar, and Twelve Event Management contact ICG PR. Tel 01772 679383. Julie Hackett, Denise Dawson, Paula Holden. Mobile: 07973 196 787.


at Twelve's Lancashire HotShot Evening

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