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Chance to meet Marco Pierre White and/or get £10 vouchers to spend on Turkey with £200 Sainsbury's vouchers also up for grabs.

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Carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Jun-10 15:18:27

Marco Pierre White is working with Bernard Matthews Farms on a campaign called "Change Your Meat Not Your Menu", to get folks to consider replacing their usual meats with turkey once or twice a week as a cost effective, healthy alternative*.

We're looking for five Mumsnetters to attend a master class cooking experience with Marco and Carrie Ruxton - a nutritionist - on 13th July in the London area (travel expenses paid). Marco will cook a couple of turkey recipes, hopefully from the Mumsnet recipe archive, and this experience will be filmed, edited and shown on Mumsnet as well as elsewhere. There will also be a chance for the selected Mumsnetters to put some of both their own and other mumsnetters' culinary questions to Marco on the day.

Each of the five Mumsnetters who come to meet Marco will also need to try turkey at home - they will be given £10 in vouchers and asked to swap their regular meat for turkey in a couple of meals for two weeks.

In addition we're also looking for 10 Mumsnetters to replace their regular meat with turkey twice a week for a couple of weeks and report back on Mumsnet on how they get on. Each tester will receive £10 in vouchers to buy turkey (it can be any turkey; supermarket's own-label or Bernard Matthews' Farms).

For all 15 Mumsnetters chosen there will be a prize draw - where one lucky winner (either a tester or a cookalong attendee, who tests turkey at home and who adds feedback on Mumsnet about it) will get £200 of Sainsbury's vouchers.

For more details on what's involved for both testers and those interviewing Marco on July 13th click here

Finally if you've got a great Turkey recipe, particularly one that you would usually cook using another meat, please load it up here and then post the link to that page here. You never know, it may get the Marco treatment.

Thanks and good luck.

* Turkey is a healthy choice because it's high in protein, and skinless turkey breast is low in saturated fat.

hobbgoblin Thu 01-Jul-10 14:32:32

"Farmers care passionately" roffle rudely

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 30-Jun-10 13:29:32

Many thanks to all who have submitted questions and recipes to date. We’ll be letting you know who has been chosen to meet Marco and to take part in the turkey testing in the next couple of days....

In response to some questions that have come up on the thread, Bernard Matthews Farms have sent us this response:-

"Thank you for taking the time to submit questions and comments, as well as the inspiring recipes. In light of a few queries and concerns we thought it might be helpful to respond directly.

"All turkey products from Bernard Matthews Farms use 100% British turkey. Turkey breast, in comparison with other mainstream meats, has the lowest saturated fat level at less than 1g per 100g (4oz) portion. Turkey is also high in protein and a great source of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and B vitamins.

“Over the past few years, we have successfully reduced the salt contents in our products ahead of the Food Standards Agency’s targets, where this has not compromised taste. We do not use artificial flavours or colours and only use preservatives where necessary. None of our products contain transfats and all our products are checked by independent nutritionists.

"We can also assure you that the welfare of our turkeys is our number one priority. All our turkeys, indoor and free-range, are born and bred in Britain on our 56 farms across Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Our farmers care passionately about our turkeys' well-being and that includes feeding them a nutritious cereal based diet containing locally grown wheat.

“Our turkeys are not kept in cages and we have never battery farmed. We also do not include any growth promoters or hormones in our turkeys feed. Equally, we ensure they are reared in line with the Farm and Animal Welfare Council's '5 Freedoms' and have regular, and often unannounced, inspections from independent welfare bodies, vets and major retailers.

"Please do have a look at our websites for lots more information on either our farming practices at or our products at

“We're always happy to talk and on our website you'll also find our contact information. Good luck with being selected to join Marco!”

We’ve opened a new thread where anyone can leave a question for Marco, or post a link to a good turkey recipe on Mumsnet. You can find that thread here

hobbgoblin Tue 29-Jun-10 09:34:15

Dear Ann, I like how you glide gracefully on past the Artificial Turkey Insemination, Antibiotic and poisoning issues mentioned on the thread. grin

MN must be secretly going hmm at this promo/comp I reckon. Go on, tell us you are!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Jun-10 22:55:03

norma-it's ok! thanks

NormaSknockers Mon 28-Jun-10 20:44:01

I think I've submitted the form, when I clicked submit it just took me to the MN home page is that right?

PfftTheMagicDragon Sun 27-Jun-10 07:47:54


nasty visual

SpeedyGonzalez Sun 27-Jun-10 00:07:35


hobbgoblin Sun 27-Jun-10 00:06:14

next he will be the man wanking the turkeys problee

SpeedyGonzalez Sat 26-Jun-10 23:54:23

Marco Pierre White is tarting himself out to too many brands, and none of them classy ones. It's tacky.

PfftTheMagicDragon Sat 26-Jun-10 12:41:54

And not only vile - but not a HEALTHY alternative. intensively farmed birds contain massively high fat levels, more so than protein. How does MPW explain this?

PfftTheMagicDragon Sat 26-Jun-10 12:41:04

Does MPW hand choose the turkeys from the Matthews intensive turkey farms? Is he supporting battery eggs as well now?

Their website says that in 2009 they raissed 200,00 free range turkeys. Funnily enough they don't mention how many intesively farmed ones that they raised.

Are all chefs selling out for anything these days?

As for £10 to replace your meat with turkey for 2 meals a week - for your whole family? Because Ocaco free range turkey mince or fillets cost more than a tenner for 2 packs. Intensive poultry farming is vile.

solo Sat 26-Jun-10 11:31:34

You learn something new every day...!!! masturbated turkey? euw!

I don't use turkey very often as I find it dry, but I'd be willing to try it out for a couple of weeks for you MNHQ grin

WhereTheWildThingsWere Sat 26-Jun-10 10:39:37

Not for me as Bernard Matthews for example is most definately a twat of the highest order.

Or possibly the devil incarnate.

Either way this is one of the wierdest opportunities I have seen on mn.

RuthieCohen Sat 26-Jun-10 08:01:22

hobb shock

Turkey: "Gobble, gobble"

Bernard Matthews: "Steady on lad - a hand-job's all you're getting."

whomovedmychocolate Fri 25-Jun-10 20:17:15

hobbgoblin, that's gross grin

I think you are confused, I believe the phrase is choking the chicken not wobblin' the grobbler wink

RuthieCohen Fri 25-Jun-10 18:10:42

DP has a girly crush on MPW, can he go? grin

hobbgoblin Fri 25-Jun-10 14:02:27

viva says bernard's turkeys are masturbated, can anyone confirm this? I want to eat Turkey that has enjoyed a sex life and seen daylight, ideally.

ilovesprouts Thu 24-Jun-10 21:22:39

mpw er no thanks ,he looks a bloody scruff with that bloody scarf on his head

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 24-Jun-10 16:28:42

bibbity I'm sure it tastes fantastic once you've rubbed an oxo cube on it grin

bibbitybobbityhat Thu 24-Jun-10 12:50:06

Excuse me, but Bernard Matthews intensively reared factory farmed turkey stuffed full of antibiotics?

Since when has Marco Pierre White ever actually cooked with an ingredient like that in rl?

Sorry to hear that MPW has obviously fallen on hard times hmm.

funmum10 Tue 22-Jun-10 21:31:59


I'm new to this site.. I don't normally cook with turkey so would love to take up the challenge to be creative with this type of meat...


AnnieOneForTennis Tue 22-Jun-10 21:18:37

I have, of course, adapted it from a recipe in a Spanish cookbook smile

AnnieOneForTennis Tue 22-Jun-10 21:17:45

Here is my recipe

AnnieOneForTennis Tue 22-Jun-10 20:29:17

I've applied. I changed my chicken recipe to turkey. I only ever have turkey at Christmas, and not even that any more...

BessieBoots Tue 22-Jun-10 20:14:13

Is Marco Pierre White the one on the Knorr adverts? You know, the one rubbing stock cubes into meat to make it taste more, um, meaty?

I use loads of turkey. My Thai turkey burgers are laaaaahvley.

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