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  • The dramatic rise of plant based foods

    In the past three years the number of people in the UK that class themselves vegan has risen from half a million, to over 3.5million. The reported numbers, which are conservative to say the least, show that over 7% of the UK are now devoted to a plant based diet. Bear in mind these findings … read more…

  • Catering for January diets…

    It’s that time of year when the kitchen has to do a merry dance around diners with a multitude of substitutions and short lived, but well-intentioned diets. However, things have become increasingly more challenging in recent years. Traditionally, it would have been a few vegetarians and some carb dodging new gym members, but today the … read more…

  • The 2019 food trends you need to know about

    Around this time of year the food media turns its attention to the year ahead and looks to see what food trends we can expect to take hold over the coming months. Here we take an overview and tell you what’s bubbling over for 2019… Fake meat When Silicon Valley started getting involved with alternative … read more…

  • Last minute Christmas ideas

    This time of year can be a repetitive slog, hosting Christmas party after Christmas party. However, whilst the traditional turkey dinner laden with roast potatoes, carrots, creamed sprouts and stuffing is a seasonal masterpiece we can all enjoy, there’s still some wiggle room for playful dishes to slide in. Obviously, we don’t want to disturb … read more…

  • The beet goes on…

    With an ability to bring bold, vivid colour to a dish, and its unmistakable earthy character, the humble beetroot brings a unique offering to the kitchen. Not only is this hardy root vegetable bang in season, but it’s getting some significant air time thanks to the unstoppable rise of plant based diets. Let’s discuss those … read more…

  • The mighty jackfruit, and why you should be using it…

    This south Indian wonder fruit is the current darling of the vegetarian food world, but is also making big waves within carnivorous crowds. From bustling street food traders, to table clothed restaurants, this hearty fruit is flexing its versatility in dishes both sweet and savoury. Today the jackfruit can be found growing throughout south east … read more…

  • Which cheeses to melt this autumn

    Seasonal change always causes a noticeable shift in consumer habits and with the brisk weather of autumn comes an appetite for rich, comforting meals. Cheese gets a lot of action in these pre-Christmas months and thanks to the thriving street food culture now afoot, you have a wide range of directions to go in to … read more…

  • Why go wild with mushrooms?

    The earthy, complex flavour profiles of mushrooms make them an incredibly versatile ingredient this time of year. From woody base notes, to forest fragrance, the diversity of this family are as wild as they are exotic. Even at its most basic, the field mushroom has been the unsung champion of the full English. Slow cooked … read more…

  • Ice cream, sorbets and the versatility of frozen deserts

    Frozen desserts are perennial favourites on most menus, but late summer is a prime time to indulge in this area of your menu. Thanks to the abundance of fresh produce passing through kitchens this time of year, there’s never been a more optimum time to get tinkering with your home churned ice creams, sorbets, granitas … read more…

  • Radish, rocket, and the art of the summer salad

    We’re still in the thralls of summer menus and with the current onslaught of fresh produce there’s a great deal to play with. However, while light fresh dishes win out at this time of year, there are often a lot of missed opportunities for decent salads on the menu, which can also deliver a great … read more…

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