Seven Chefs collaborate for England's Seafood Feast
Seven Chefs from England’s Seafood Coast
In October, seven renowned chefs collaborated for a unique celebration of the English Riviera’s seafood. South Devon College hosted the unprecedented event at its fine-dining restaurant Horizons. Students worked alongside the chefs to offer the local community a delectable, locally-supplied seven course menu specialising in seafood.
The occasion marked one year until the official launch of England’s Seafood Feast – a new initiative to develop and celebrate the seafood offering across Torbay. The England’s Seafood Feast programme will aim to include a range of unique experiences over a two week period including; set priced menus across the English Riviera serving local fish and seafood, kayak safaris along the UNESCO Global Geopark Coast, seashore foraging tours, guided visits to Brixham fish market (the last live fish auction in the country), a world record attempt, art installations, heritage sailing trawler tours and collaborative dining events.
England’s highest value seafood catch (£25million a year) is landed at Brixham, but less than 10% of it is eaten locally and 50% is exported worldwide. England’s Seafood Coast sets out to change that.
The seven chefs from across Torbay were; Simon Hulstone The Elephant (Michelin Star), Kirk Gosden The Seahorse (Michelin Star), Oliver Stacey No.7 Fish Bistro, Tom Ward Harbour Kitchen, Matt Jarrett Pier Point Restaurant Bar, Barry George Cantina and Ashley Hamilton, Curious Kitchen. The collaboration of these seven chefs, who each provided one course, underpins the objective of the England’s Seafood Coast project: local businesses working together to showcase the quality and diversity of local produce and to provide a platform for people to explore seafood – many of whom may not have had the opportunity to do so before. The event is an example of how a community can come together to secure a sustainable future for such an important industry, and inspire the local chefs of tomorrow with passion, enthusiasm and professionalism.
In the spirit of staying local, sponsors included Salcombe Gin – a local distillery hand-crafting gin in a 450 litre copper pot and Hunt’s Cider – a local farm 1.5 miles from South Devon College, who produce cider using Devon Cider apples. The event also attracted major international drinks brand Carlsberg who kindly sponsored the brochure.
Local businesses donated for a raffle and auction. Profits from the event went to Friends of South Devon College – a charitable trust established in 2008 to raise funds to remove barriers that may restrict students from participating in educational and enrichment experiences available at South Devon College.
The event provided a fantastic opportunity for the students at South Devon College, as each student visited a restaurant to prepare a course and then worked on that dish during service. During their studies, the students learn a broad range of practical, technical and theoretical skills linked with the dynamic Hospitality and Catering industry. Students complete work experience placements to help them develop professionally in a real-life setting and many progress into an apprenticeship or full-time employment.
It was a truly collaborative evening, the first of many to come on England’s Seafood Coast.
Photo credit: Shot by Rob
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