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Andy Bates is known for his hearty street food. His modern twists on classic dishes are fuelled by his international travels and a passion for re-discovering and cooking great British food. As the gaffer of specialist food company ‘Eat My Pies’, Andy brings the best of British food back to the public, including classic tarts, pies, Scotch eggs and, of course, some tasty puddings.

Andy is a contributing chef for Food Network UK and has already had two successful series broadcast on the channel - Andy Bates Street Feasts and Andy Bates American Street Feasts. His latest series, Andy Bates Brazilian Street Feasts, launched in February 2014. All three series follow him as he travels across continents to explore the world of street food and find the stories and people behind the recipes. As a result, he has become a leading expert on street food, with regular appearances on the street food circuit. Andy, who lives by the quote "You should always finish on a little bit of pudding", has also written a cookbook offering modern twists on classic dishes.

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Fennel, Onion & Blue Cheese Tarte Tatin

Andy Bates

From Patisserie Perfection With Eric Lanlard and John Whaite on the 'Big Eat' on Food Network UK...

A great mix of sweet and savoury makes this take on the classic French dish a real winner.

Adding the cheese towards the end stops it melting completely through leaving gooey half melted creamy blue chunks. The pickled walnuts sharpen the dish and the onions and fennel complement each other making this a satisfying side dish or main. 

Easy to make but will impress those your cooking for, pairs perfectly with a glass of port.

My Fennel, Onion & Blue Cheese Tarte Tatin



  • 200g puff pastry
  • 3 small brown onions, peeled, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 small fennel, quartered
  • 50g butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 50g creamy blue cheese
  • 25g pickled walnuts, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar




Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

In a heavy based 9-10 inch frying pan with an ovenproof handle make a dry caramel and then add the butter. Add the onions, cut side down, and the fennel, thyme and season. Cook over a medium heat, cook for 10 minutes or until caramelised, then add the thyme and cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes to soften the onions. Allow it to cool.


Roll the pastry to a circle roughly the same size as the pan.

Drape over the pan and gently tuck in the edges around the onions.

Prick it in a couple of place and bake for 20 minutes, until it’s golden and crispy.

Carefully turn it out onto a plate and scatter with the walnuts and cheese and carefully flip it back into the frying pan and return the pan to the hob for a minute, until the cheese has melted.

Turn it out onto your serving plate, garnish with some thyme and serve.