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Weston Park in Shropshire is the stunning former home of the earl of Bradford and boasts a history stretching from Capability Brown and Disraeli to the hosting of the G8 summit and Northern Ireland peace talks. It's no wonder, then, that the food is superb. While you can enjoy some delicious local food in their public restaurant – The Granary – we wanted to bring you a taste of what the visiting great and good eat in the historic dining rooms of the house itself. We persuaded head chef Guy Day to share this fabulous starter with us.
Goats' cheese parfait with mi-cuit tomato 'petals'
'Mi-cuit' means semi-cooked, and in this dish it refers to slices of ripe plum tomato, heated in a very low oven to evaporate some of the moisture and intensify the flavours. It makes a fabulous accompaniment to this herby goats' cheese parfait, but if time is tight you could serve with bought semi-dried or sundried tomatoes in oil instead.
Serves 6 as a starter
To make an edible crisp to decorate (as pictured) slice flour tortillas into strips and wrap round heatproof circular moulds or metal chefs' rings and bake in a medium oven until crisp.