Fine Food Forum Monday 3 September
"Architecture of Taste; building flavours for a reason and not innovating for the sake of it”
Will Torrent, Award Winning Patissier
How to combine exotic flavours to create a taste of the Middle East
Hanan Samara, Owner, Terra Rossa
|12.15 - 13.00||
'Innovative ideas using local sourcing'
Christopher Basten, Executive Chef, Craft Guild of Chefs
13.30 - 14.15
Christopher started his career with a foundation of classical training stemming from apprenticeships with both John Burton-Race and Raymond Blanc, where he gained valuable Michelin star experience.
Joining the Craft Guild of Chefs in 1999, he has been an active member of the team that competed in the Culinary World Cups in 2002, 2006, 2010 and the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in 2000, 2004 and 2008 taking silver medals in each event. He will also be competing in the forth coming 2012 Culinary Olympics. Currently he is Vice- Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and is looking forward to the challenge of Chairmanship in 2013.
Christopher is committed to the development of young chefs to ensure the future of the UK culinary industry. He has an active Chef Mentor role for Springboard and various judging roles within the UK calendar, notably Hotelympia and ScotHot.
'Mauritian Street Food '
14.45 - 15.30
After being crowned the winner of MasterChef 2012 Shelina Permalloo has been catapulted into the culinary world. She wowed the audience and the judges with her creative Mauritian dishes, and is now embarking on her career combining her talent and passion as an up and coming chef.
Born in Southampton to her Mauritian parents, Shelina learned her skills and knowledge of Mauritian cooking from spending time in the kitchen with her mother and aunt. She also used her cooking as a way of making herself feel closer to her culture and heritage, having never lived in Mauritius herself. Along with this she was able to take some fundamental advice from her Italian husband, whom she met in 2007, about the art of European cooking, which is also reflected in her favourite dishes today.Shelina lives in London with her husband, and has already received considerable interest from the TV and publishing world.
Eco-chef Tom Hunt discusses minimising food waste and increasing net profit while baking his sourdough Friendship bread called Cleo
Tom Hunt, Eco Chef, Tom's Feast
16.00 - 16.45
Tom Hunt is a self acclaimed eco-chef and co-founder of Forgotten Feast, working on projects throughout the UK to revive its cooking heritage and help reduce food waste.
Tom was an official chef of Feed the 5000, a biannual event in Trafalgar Square, which aims to highlight food waste by feeding more than 5000 people with delicious food that would otherwise have been wasted. He works closely with various food charities including FareShare, FoodCycle and StreetSmart.
Tom is the founder of Poco festival cafes, which recently established itself as a permanent restaurant in Bristol. The menu features thrifty cuts of meat, MSC certified fish and seasonal vegetables. One of the principal aims of the restaurant is to achieve zero waste. Tom has three successful festival cafes which tour around the UK each summer popping up 20 times at some of the UK’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. These cafes are all hand built structures that Tom designed and constructed.
Tom writes for www.GreatBritishChefs.com, has written articles for Esquire and Crumb Magazine Bristol and has a popular blog of videos and recipes that has on average more than 2000 hits a month. Tom was one of the first chefs to be asked to join the ‘Slow Food’ Chef Alliance alongside chefs such as Richard Corrigan, Angela Hartnett and Fergus Henderson.
Tom’s interests have always involved a sense of creative diversity. He has organised Michelin banquets in a field for Wilderness Festival, in one day he built an open air fish restaurant on Southwark bridge and fed 200 people for the Mayor's Thames Festival. He has also turned FareShare’s enormous food depot into a pop up restaurant for a week which raised funds to feed more than 25,000 people.
Adventurous , playful, fun.