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Cornish chefs demonstrate best of organic and local food at Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, 8-10 June 2006

Nick BarclaySome of Cornwall's top chefs will be demonstrating their skills at this year's Royal Cornwall Show in the WFU Food and Farming marquee, cooking up a storm using delicious local and organic Cornish produce.

Organised by Organic South West and Taste of the West Cornwall, the cookery theatre will stage three live demos every day of the show, when show-goers will be able to watch, enjoy and taste as Cornwall's best chefs prepare some of the Cornwall's best food.

Culinary headliners making their first ever appearance at the show include Richard McGeown of Couch's Restaurant in Polperro on Thursday at 1.00pm, Neil Haydock from Fifteen Cornwall on Friday at 3.00pm and Nick Barclay of the Barclay House in Looe on Saturday at 11.00am. In a return performance, the final demonstration of the show will be by Gill Faiers of Bangors Organic Tearoom in Poundstock, who will be demonstrating the almost lost art of making proper Cornish splits, the perfect companion for clotted cream.

The collaboration between Taste of the West Cornwall and Organic South West has led to a 50 per cent increase in the size of the WFU Food and Farming marquee at the show, which is always a big favourite for show goers.

Organic South West project manager Traci Lewis anticipates an exciting show for all. "Organic food is getting more popular every year and it will be fascinating to see professional chefs in action using some of the best produce Cornwall has to offer – and you get the chance to taste some of their creations as well!"

Angie Coombs from Taste of the West Cornwall adds, "This is an unmissable event at the show. Cornwall has a growing number of star chefs and some of the best fresh produce in the UK. More and more people are visiting Cornwall just to enjoy the range and quality of food we produce so come and taste some the very best the county has offer at the cookery theatre."

Both Organic South West and Taste of the West Cornwall will be on hand providing further information about where to source Cornish food and drink products alongside a record number of organic and local food exhibitors.

Food theatre timetable:

Thursday 8 May
11.00am – Nik Tinny, Saffrons Restaurant, Truro
1.00pm – Richard McGeown, Couch's Restaurant, Polperro
3.00 pm – Kevin Viner, Viner's Restaurant, Summercourt

Friday 9 May
11.00am – Ben Bass, Old Quay House, Fowey
1.00pm – Steve Pitt, The Royal Oak
3.00pm – Neil Haydock, Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay

Saturday 10 May
11.00am – Nick Barclay, Barclay House, Looe
1.00pm – Simon Stellard, Roseland Inn, Philleigh
3.00pm – Gill Faiers, Bangor House Tearoom, Poundstock

For further information please contact Veronica Newport at npr on 01363 866927 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornwall 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 Martin Butler, at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 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.


Editor's notes:

Organic South West is a Soil Association project, part funded by the EAGGF and Defra through the Objective One Programme, to help grow the organic market in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. They provide technical, business and market support across the supply chain to businesses that produce, process and retail organic produce. They also operate an Objective One business grant scheme of up to 50% funding for organic businesses that wish to develop their business. For more information see:

Taste of the West in Cornwall is a £5million Objective One gateway project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West regional food group. Taste of the West's Cornwall project includes a trade development programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses which produce, sell or process foods in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For more information log on to


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
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