Record attendance for fifth universal cookery & food festival

Universal Cookery & Food Festival .

Universal Cookery & Food Festival

Standard Supplier 23rd September 2016

Record attendance for fifth universal cookery & food festival

The universal cookery & food festival 2016 was attended by record numbers of suppliers and chefs this week. The organisers were blown away by the response, as the event continues to grow in popularity year after year. Over 450 chefs and 80 exhibitors were in attendance.

Universal cookery & food festival invites chefs to step out of the kitchen and reconnect with the land to learn about the latest developments in farming, seasonal produce, local sourcing and foraged food. The unique food festival celebrated its fifth year of inspiring chefs on Tuesday 20 September at the new venue of Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.

Chefs discovered exciting new cooking techniques and trends from the live demonstrations and debate topical issues with an impressive line-up of expert speakers.

In addition, the dynamic programme featured a Laverstoke farm tour, taking in the vineyard, soil lab and the famous Laverstoke Buffalo, hands-on foraging expeditions, game and beekeeping demos, and an inspirational farmer’s market and sponsors’ innovation zone. New for 2016, the Great Taste Market showcased some of the country’s finest, award-winning producers.

Against the incredible backdrop of Laverstoke Park Farm, the 2,500-acre farm that leads the way in biodynamic and organic farming methods in the UK, delegates were able to interact and share ideas and learnings with farmers, foragers and growers, plus suppliers, industry insiders and fellow chefs.

Delegates were treated to a gastronomic feast from Alan Paton, Executive Head Chef at Stoke by Nayland hotel and his team of chefs, and the day was topped off with a band and BBQ evening hosted by Dingley Dell’s Flying Visit Dirty Dozen BBQ Competition in association with “A Passion to Inspire”. Congratulations to Jean Paul
Gauci for winning Grand Pork Chef and to the ‘Patonporkteteers’ for winning the
Golden Pig Awards for Flying Visits Champion Team 2016!

Discussion topics on the day:
 Ethics, organics and sustainability: Is organic production really sustainable in
a foodservice market? Does organic necessarily mean sustainable, more ethical
or tastier?
 Local heroes: Celebrating the best of the local culinary talent and farming.
 French revolution: How the food revolution in the UK was started many years
ago by some of the industry greats from France, a trend that continues today.
 The pudding club: A celebration of the country’s pastry chefs.
 Dipping a toe in the water bath: Have we seen the end of molecular
gastronomy or is it going from strength to strength?

The impressive line-up of speakers included:
 Jody Scheckter, Laverstoke Park Farm
 Daniel Clifford, Midsummer House
 Brett Graham, The Ledbury
 Angela Harnett and Luke Holder, Limewood Hotel
 Claire Clark, Pretty Sweet
 Graham Hornigold, Hakkasan
 Douglas McMaster, Silo
 Luke Matthews, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
 Bruno Loubet, Grain Store
 Eric Chavot
 Paul Foster, Salt
 Mike Robinson, The Pot Kiln

Event directors John Feeney, Lee Maycock and Ian Nottage comment: “We are
overwhelmed at the response to this year’s universal cookery & food festival at
Laverstoke Park Farm. It was perfect venue for us, as the farm pretty much ticks all
the values around the festival tree logo. The bi-dynamic and organic ethos around
how they farm with respect for the soil, animals and environment is amazing and
yields fantastic results. Thank you to Jody Scheckter and all the team at Laverstoke
for helping us make it happen.

“Five years on, the universal cookery & food festival vision is an incredible, evergrowing
success, and a highlight of the chef calendar. Chefs value the opportunity
connect with where the ingredients they work with come from, and also with each
other. Our fantastic programme of speakers, farm and foraging tours, and markets
meant our festival goers were spoilt for choice as to what to see and do on the day.
We’re already planning for 2017 - Padstow here we come!”

The universal cookery & food festival 2017 will take place in Padstow on Wednesday
20 September. Please visit www.cookeryandfoodfestival.co.uk for more information.

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