Food expert and television presenter Loyd Grossman is an authority on elegant dining and stylish presentation. As seen in the July/August 2007 issue of Brides, the famous foodie picks his must-have summer starter to inspire you; why not try asparagus risotto with Parmesan cheese? Grossman says: "For summer, choose ingredients that look colourful and clean for maximum impact and anticipation."

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