Saturday, 27 July 2013

Inamostagram Competition Prizegiving

Back in April, I went to a Sushi and Sake Masterclass with Chef Jon at Inamo (St James) restaurant, Regent Street. I had a brilliant time learning from an expert about making sushi, and then learnt a lot more about Sake afterwards... (including my discovery that Sake isn't just about being enjoyed hot, it is also very pleasant when had chilled!). I wrote about my experience here:
One of Inamo's Sushi experts at work

At the same time, Inamo was starting its "Inamostagram" competition. Many of us love Instagram, the sharing and photo manipulation app, and one of the most popular types of photo on their website happens to be food pictures. (I had thought it would be kittens, but hey!) Inamo wanted to inspire people to greater creativity by inviting them to take pictures of their food, applying any effects desired (or none at all) and posting them on Instagram. The most popular (as voted on by other members of Instagram and on Facebook) would win £500 to spend at Inamo! A generous prize indeed!
The restaurant is now the Inamostagram Gallery

As expected, punters got clicking! The variety of pictures was amazing; from the food, to the interactive tables, decor and people having fun. There were surreal pictures, straight pictures, arty pictures, and everything in between.
The shortlisted photos

I was invited to the prizegiving earlier this week, and it was a great evening out. 
Interactive tables at Inamo

Check out what your food looks like before you order
We were looked after extremely well with Sake Mojitos all round!
Sake Mojito

The Sake Mojito was a new discovery for me. Lighter and less alcoholic than a regular Mojito, it was very pleasant sipping on a hot Summer night. The Sake is a gentle flavour in amongst the fresh muddled mint leaves, lime juice, sugar syrup and soda water.... definitely one  to recreate at home! The Sake used was Akashi-Tai Hanjozo Sake. 

We were treated to some varied and scrumptious canapes....
Beautiful bite-sized sushi
Prawn tempura
Grab those prawns before they're gone!
Glazed Chicken Satay skewers
It was great to catch up with top street food and restaurant blogger, Wilkes. He's a good laugh, good company and a mine of information on the London restaurant scene! You can read his blog here:
Snigdha and Wilkes

Eventually, it came to the time for the winner (from a shortlist of 12) to be announced..... Noel Hunwick, the Director of Inamo announced the winner. Here he is speaking to us all about how successful the competition was:

The winner was Enrique Arrivabene with this superb photo, which I love for its quirky humour, composition and... sushi!

Here is Alex Wales with his work, another of my favourites. I love the somewhat surreal sheep which has strayed into Alex's Sake Martini!

The shortlisted photos are currently on display at Inamo, so do check them out should you visit!

Snigdha would like to thank Inamo for inviting her to the prizegiving evening.

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