Food Network UK Doughnut Week

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I was lucky last week to be invited to a Food Network party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Doughnut Week. I was really excited because I love doughnuts! I also made Banana Bread Donuts to celebrate at home!

To celebrate Food Network are having a month of doughnuts. There is a doughnut calendar with a different doughnut every day for the month of May.
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There were plenty of doughnuts from Dunn’s Bakery to eat! The sale of a doughnut will benefit The Children’s Trust. There were plenty of Jam Doughnut Cocktails too! Sweet chocolate raspberry drink with a sugar rim.

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MD for the channel Nick giving a speech. Food Network UK is the fourth fastest growing channel on Sky! Pretty impressive since they’ve only been on the air about a year.
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Here’s me trying to eat a doughnut without licking my lips! I managed to do it but it’s not easy! I did end up with jam all over my dress (it came out though)!
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Tristan Welch (head chef at Launceston Place) managed a double decker without licking his lips
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Ainsley Harriott was there. I used to watch Ready, Steady Cook all the time when I was a student.
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Jun Tanaka, frequently on TV in the UK and Executive Chef at The Pearl. I also spotted Eric Lanlard, Ed Baines and Reza Mohammed.
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I managed about three donuts and three cocktails before I was over come with all the sugar!
I had a really great time and everyone was super nice! I also met Abby from The Exquisite Cake Company. She made the doughnuts from the first day on the doughnut calendar.
Here is a video from Food Network UK you tube channel with me trying the doughnut challenge! Eating a doughnut without licking my lips. I’m very briefly here at 8 seconds (making a stupid face) and at 17 seconds.

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  1. Stephanie

    Too funny!! I am going to have to try that "no licking" experiment myself :p

  2. Katescakesandbakes

    There is a National Doughnut Week? Its been running 20 years already? And I didn't know about this! I have a LOT of doughnut-week-celebrating to make up!!

  3. Maggie@BritishBaking

    We all had a go at that doughnut trick in school once – a great kids party game!! (Mix it with a cocktail or two and it's awesome for grown ups too!)

    I have a great jam doughnut cupcake recipe I'm itching to dig out now thanks!!

  4. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Oh cool, looks like a great event. Not sure I'd want to get licked by celebrity chefs though!!!

  5. What a fun event. I know I can't eat a doughnut without licking my lips.


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