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Masterchef semi-finalist Greg Emmerson tells us about his stint on the famous show Greg Emmerson works as a senior IT manager, but his lifelong interest in food took a turn toward the professional when he became a contestant on Masterchef. This year he joins us for judging at the Quality Food Awards, but today he tells us about what it ...

Workshadowing a commercial kitchen provider: Will Beresford

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Will Beresford from commercial kitchen provider, FoodStars, talks us through his busy and action-packed day providing commercial kitchens to catering companies, food start-ups and anyone else who needs them… Some background Before FoodStars Will had a street food and pop-up catering business, Aji Ceviche (Peruvian inspired cuisine). It was then that he met his current business partner – in his shared ...

Workshadowing a Pumpkin Farmer: Emily French

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As we get closer and closer to Halloween, our thoughts are turning to pumpkins. This week we spoke to a pumpkin farmer about what it feels like farming those orange beauties… Some background Guy and Emily French are the husband and wife team who run Foxes Farm Produce from farms in Basildon and Colchester. Guy started the business in 2007, ...

Workshadowing a Baker: Sarah Richards

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Did you know that we are in the middle of #sourdoughseptember? Sarah Richards owns the Seagull Bakery in Tramore, County Waterford and let us shadow her daily routine… Some background I am a fine art painter by trade and for eight years I baked bread in the kitchen of my home and sold from a stall at the local farmers ...

Workshadowing Product Developers: Tastemakers

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Lucy Ede and Lucy Thomas develop products and work in New Product Development through their highly popular consultancy, Tastemakers. They are both also Quality Food Awards judges. Some Background We are Lucy T and Lucy E, the founders of Tastemakers, a small innovation and product development consultancy based in London. We both have a real passion for food and drink ...

Debunking Whisky Myths with Phil Huckle

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For centuries now, the refined art of whisky drinking throws its share of diverse and conflicted opinions. On the rocks? Not on the rocks? Flummoxing the most seasoned whisky connoisseur, Pernod Ricard brand ambassador, Phil Huckle, ventures into the Scottish Highlands to debunk some of the tales from the north Myth one: Water in whisky “The way to drink whisky ...

My Mum Inspired My Indian Food Product Range

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Whether it is because she took on the lion’s share of the cooking or because she taught us to cook, mums and food are often linked in our minds. Nowhere is this more true than in Indian families and many household Indian brands began life in a domestic kitchen at a mum’s elbow. We spoke to two Indian food pioneers ...

Workshadowing a Wine Buyer: Ed Betts

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Ed Betts is buying manager for wine at ASDA stores. He looks after the French and online wine range as well as having responsibility for product quality and ASDA’s own label strategy. Some Background My career in wine started when I needed a job to pay my way through university. Being a hard up student I got a job in ...

Workshadowing a Potato Grower: Joe Button

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Joe Button is a Cornish new potato grower whose farm also produces maincrop potatoes, wheat, barley and blueberries. You can find out more about seasonal spuds here. Can you tell us a bit about your company? My family have been farming the same land for three generations now, passed down from my grandfather Edward, to my father Andrew, and now ...

Workshadowing a Chef: Bindu Patel, Gymkhana

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Meet Bindu Patel, the chef de partie at Michelin-starred Gymkhana restaurant in London, who reveals more about her job, what she likes to eat and what inspires her food… What’s it like to work in one of the world’s top kitchens? Incredibly intense, but so incredibly wonderful at the same time! I work on the pass, garnishing and checking food with the ...