With the summer season almost in full swing, it’s time to whip out the dishes perfect for lazy lunches and sunset suppers. We spoke to some of our Show chefs and experts to find out what dishes best define summer for them.

Nadiya Hussain’s Kulfi Ice Cream Bars

Ice cream is a summer staple, but why not try something a little different with Nadiya’s traditional kulfi ice cream bars with a hint of cardamom.

“My family and I love my Kulfi Ice Cream Bars in the summer. The flavour reminds me of my dad’s restaurant ice creams, but with my twist: no-churn cardamom ice cream between sweet biscuit layers, studded with raspberries and pistachios. For the best taste, let them soften for ten minutes after taking them out of the freezer.”

Zena Kamgaing’s Gazpacho

Soup might evoke thoughts of chilly winter days, but a light and fresh gazpacho is a delicious, flavour-packed way to enjoy in-season produce whilst the sun is shining. Zena’s flavour combo sounds perfectly refreshing and we can’t wait to see her create this live on the Summer Kitchen stage.

“One of my all-time favourite summer dishes is gazpacho, specifically my tomato and watermelon version. It isn’t the least bit traditional but it’s incredibly delicious, and it doesn’t require any cooking; just a quick blitz in a blender and some chill time in the fridge”

Matt Tebbutt’s Cobb Salad

Who said salads had to be boring? Nothing screams summer like a colourful array of good-for-you ingredients, and Matt Tebbutt’s American Style Cobb Salad is just that. You can find his recipe in his cookbook, plus see him sharing more of his summer favourites live in the Big Kitchen at the Summer Show.

“I’m a big fan of a Cobb Salad; it can be knocked together pretty quickly and you can vary the ingredients depending on what you’ve got in the fridge. I first fell in love with it on family holidays with the kids in Florida; I liked the drama of the way it’s displayed and mixed together at the table.”

Chetna Makan’s summer staple - Mango, Mango, Mango!

Packed full of vitamins and refreshingly sweet, mango brings a tropical touch to a variety of summer dishes. Chetna shared why this vibrant fruit is such a memorable part of summer.

“The one thing I look forward to every summer is mango! We can find some delicious Indian mangoes here in the UK like the Alphonso and Kesar. Growing up we used to spend our summer holidays at my grandparents where my Nana (grandfather) would go out early morning to the veg market to pick the best mangoes there were for us to enjoy. I make all sorts of things like, mango lassi, mango mousse and most importantly mango cake!”

Chris Baber’s Courgette, Feta, Mint & Pea Fritters

The combination of light courgette, zingy feta and fresh mint in Chris’ summer dish has left us dreaming of eating alfresco. See Chis bring this recipe to life on the Big Kitchen stage at the Show in June, plus find the recipe in the show guide.

“My parents grow courgettes in the garden – they tend to grow like crazy and you often have a glut. When I was living up north I wanted to think of a different way to use them and this is just perfect. A fantastic summer brunch or lunch!”

If you’re hungry for more, discover endless seasonal inspiration from top chefs and experts at the Summer Show.