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Cornwall chefs’ shooting challenge.

Join chefs from Cornwall and staff from Country Sports South West (CSSW) and Cornwall Food & Drink for a chefs’ clay shooting challenge on the 19th March at Colquite House, Washaway, near Bodmin.

The challenge will mark the launch of a new regional campaign to encourage more people to eat locally-sourced wild game meat. The campaign supports Taste of Game, a national promotion run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation; the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Game meat is an increasingly important part of the Cornwall chef’s repertoire. The clay shooting challenge will bring together some of the top chefs in Cornwall to highlight the link between shooting and wild game meat.

The regional game food campaign is being run by Country Sports South West. Development staff will create and develop new opportunities for game food suppliers and shoots and organise game cookery demonstrations aimed at visitors. In addition, CSSW will help to promote regional game recipes, chefs, restaurants, gastro pubs, game suppliers and shoots via a consumer website and marketing programme.

Country Sports South West is a £1.6 million tourism project aimed at promoting the South West region as a premier tourism destination for country sports. The project is being delivered by BASC in partnership with the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT).

Cornwall Food & Drink brings together the county’s food and drink providers.

Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said:
“Game meat is available throughout the year through many regional suppliers. Game meat is healthy, nutritious and delicious and we want to celebrate it and encourage more people to try it.”

Ruth Huxley, managing director of Cornwall Food & Drink, said:
“We have noticed many more chefs in Cornwall using game on their menus, reflecting its value, versatility and increasing popularity amongst diners. Working with the Country Sports South West project, we have made a point of featuring game in all our events over the past year and have found that people are very interested in finding out where they can buy game and how to prepare it.”

Event: 19th March 2012
Location: Colquite House, Washaway, Bodmin, PL30 3AF

Media Times:

10.00 – Arrive. Tea / coffee will be available.

10.15 – 11.45 Chefs’ shooting challenge will take place.

11.50 – Short presentation to the winning chef.


12.00 midday Chefs will be in their whites with their shotguns to highlight the connection between shooting and Cornish wild game produce.

12.15 – Enjoy a selection of Cornish produce including wild game meat.

Confirmed Chefs

Nigel Tabb, head chef of Tabb’s Restaurant, Truro

Ben Palmer, head chef of Barclay House, Looe

Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay (chef name TBC)

Olly Jackson, head chef of New Yard Restaurant, Trelowarren, Helston

Chris Eden, head chef of Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho

Paul Ripley, head chef of Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar, Falmouth

Neil Haydock, head chef of Watergate Bay Hotel

Adrian Oliver, head chef of Margot’s Bistro, Padstow

Graham Cuthbertson, head chef of Asquiths Restaurant, Lostwithiel

Colin Hankins, head chef of Rose In Vale, St Agnes

Ken Symons, head chef of Oliver’s Eatery, Falmouth

Dale McIntosh, head chef of Bustophers Bar Bistro, Truro

Simon Stallard, head chef of Hidden Hut, Nr Portscatho, Truro

Chefs will be available for interviews / photos. Please book prior to the event with Liz Parsons, Country Sports South West marketing & PR officer, on 01823 480 938 / 07585 967452 or email liz.parsons@basc.org.uk


For more information, contact Liz Parsons.

For chef biographies, contact Sadie Phillips at Cornwall Food & Drink on sadie@cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Country Sports South West
Country Sports South West is one of six regional projects in the Sustainable Rural Tourism programme and is part-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. In England, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013 is delivered by DEFRA. It is an important part of the Common Agricultural Policy and helps create genuinely sustainable farming, forestry and food sectors, whilst bringing wider benefits for the economy, the environment and rural communities. It is the European Union's major investment route for protecting and enhancing the environment while securing a range of public benefits for society. DEFRA is the managing authority.

Cornwall Food and Drink
Cornwall Food & Drink brings together the county’s food and drink providers to create and manage events and initiatives that no business would be able to tackle independently. Its key aim is to identify and develop market opportunities for Cornwall’s food and drink sector whenever and wherever it can.

Westcountry Rivers Trust
The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity (Charity no. 1135007, Company no. 06545646) established in 1995 to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments in the Westcountry and to advance the education of the public in the management of water.

A cornerstone of our philosophy is working in partnership with external individuals and organisations to share expertise and facilitate better information transfer. By collaborating with a whole range of stakeholders - ranging from individual businesses through to academic institutions, NGOs and government departments - the Trust aims to circumvent sectoral interests and encourages joint solutions to the complex environmental problems our society currently faces.

The Trust operates the Ecosystem Approach, which was designed by the IUCN. This approach allows us to implement environmental change at the appropriate level and means that rather than forcing our will on individuals and communities, we empower them to take ownership, and thus responsibility for the work, thus creating sustainable change.

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