Hospitality stars to share wisdom on organic and local food
Some of the brightest stars of the Cornish hospitality trade
are lining up to share their wisdom with chefs and caterers
about sourcing local and organic food.
Top flight chefs Neil Haydock, the new head chef at Fifteen
Cornwall and Ben Tunnicliffe of the award-winning Abbey Restaurant,
will be among those speaking at a unique seminar on Tuesday
28 February at Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay, which is expected
to attract nearly 50 chefs and caterers from across Cornwall.
According to organisers Organic South West and Taste of the
West Cornwall the event is all about sharing experience and
information, with the aim of inspiring more Cornish catering
professionals to source local and organic produce. As well
as talks from top chefs and producers, the event will also
include the launch of the new Cornwall foodfinder directory
Traci Lewis, Organic South West project manager says that
the event is filling up fast. "Retail sales of organic
food grew by 10 per cent in 2004 and there are no signs of
public demand slowing down," says Traci. "The
South West has the highest number of organic farmers in the
UK producing an incredible range of good food. Not only is
public demand for organic food rising but it's also
getting easier to source, so it makes business sense for the
county's hospitality industry to tune in to sourcing
local organic produce."
The event has been planned to coincide with ExpoWest Cornwall
(a trade show for the hospitality catering and food retailing
industry), which starts at the Royal Cornwall Showground,
Wadebridge on the same day. "We're hoping
people attending our seminar will be inspired to go on to
ExpoWest Cornwall and start sourcing locally there and then,"
says Angie Coombs, manager of Taste of the West Cornwall.
"It's the time of year when chefs and hoteliers
are looking for innovation and new suppliers and we want them
to focus their search closer to home. Cornwall's got
the quality and variety of producers and our seminar speakers
have got the experience and know how. It should be a winning
combination which we hope will make a real difference to how
the Cornish hospitality industry operates."
Alongside chefs Neil Haydock and Ben Tunnicliffe, the seminar
programme features Will Ashworth of Watergate Bay Hotel plus
top food producers Philip Tanswell of Roskillys ice cream,
James Kittow of Kilhallon Quality Meats, Sherry Boocock of
Cornish food wholesalers 'From Plough to Plate',
and fish wholesaler Matthew Stevens, to give an overview of
key Cornish specialities.
To book spaces on the catering seminar, which runs from 9.30am
to 1.30pm, call Organic South West on 01208 78988. Tickets
are £15 including an organic buffet lunch. For more
information about ExpoWest Cornwall visit www.expowestexhibitions.com.
To request a copy of the Cornwall foodfinder directory 2006,
contact Taste of the West Cornwall on 01579 349363 or visit
For further information please contact Emma Parkin of PR
and Media on 01392 490009 or email: email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in both Organic South West and
Taste of the West through the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
A report on organics from market researchers Mintel forecasts
that the organic food market will almost double again by 2010,
from £1.2bn to more than £2bn. Concerns about
chemicals in food combined with a trend for ethical and local
products have led to organic sales almost doubling in the
past five years.
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