James Martin goes the extra mile for the perfect Land Rover tailgate picnic for Burghley

Ahead of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, title sponsor Land Rover has collaborated with TV chef James Martin to encourage Burghley spectators to go the extra mile with their picnics.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has become almost as synonymous with picnicking as it has world class equestrian sport and the Land Rover Tailgate Picnic Competition – which traditionally takes place on cross-country day – has become a popular feature among horse trial goers. In recent years it has been judged by some well-known faces, including event rider Zara Tindall, Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp and TV presenter Matt Baker.

James Martin

To inspire this year’s Burghley picnickers, Land Rover, whose vehicles are renowned for their famous tailgate – a feature that is commonly used as the perfect accessory for a picnic, has worked with James to create two picnic recipes which benefit from sitting in the back of the car for a long-distance journey.

The former Saturday Kitchen presenter said: “It can be a real challenge keeping picnic food fresh when you have to travel a few hours to get to an event like The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, but these recipes are specifically designed so that they actually taste better after sitting in the back of a vehicle for a long time.”

In two short tutorial videos, which can be found on Land Rovers YouTube channel, James demonstrates the quick and easy method for creating ‘The Burghley Bloomer’ and ‘Teriyaki Steak’.

“The Burghley Bloomer is a variant of the Italian Sandwich,” James explains. “The idea of this is you do the preparation at home and bring it with you. The longer you leave it wrapped up, the better it tastes. Forget burgers and sausages and other burnt offerings on a barbeque, Teriyaki Steak is far nicer. It is wonderfully light and really simple to make.”

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