I am now an agency chef and am in-between jobs at the moment. Had to leave the 4 star hotel with 1 Rosette I worked at recently for 2 years. Now I am in-between jobs. Have been working for Cloverleaf Restaurants company for nearly a month now while my agency has been looking for something better for me. Am due to start in a new place of employment soon as next week with a head chef I have worked with before, who I found out is known to the agency I got in contact with. While at the job I am working temporarily now, I found it interesting that they display these things on and in front of the Carvery I questioned the head chef about them and to what they are but got a vague answer. he did mention though that they are akin to the pumpkin family and that he dried them out in an airing cupboard for 3 months.