Raymond Blanc, one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs and a strong proponent of organic food, has been confirmed to host a live demonstration in this year’s Natural Food Kitchen at next month’s Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show (Olympia, London, 7-8 April).
The influential French chef, who was awarded an honorary OBE for his services to the British food industry in 2008, is chef patron of the world famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, which has held two Michelin stars for 28 years and trained a generation of award-winning chefs. Blanc has championed the importance of good nutrition, sustainable sourcing and promoting responsible business and environmental practices for much of his professional career, and was named the first president of the Sustainable Restaurant Association last year.
“I am delighted to be involved in this year’s Natural Food Kitchen,” says Blanc, talking about his much-anticipated debut appearance at Natural & Organic Products Europe. “I’m a passionate advocate of organic farming and this fabulous event showcases everything that is organic, sustainable and delicious, and at the heart of any good chefs cooking.”
Closing the show with the last interactive session of the day at 3pm on Monday 8 April, Blanc will be offering visitors to the show a rare treat as he shares insights into his career so far and answers audience questions. All whilst preparing his own delicious bespoke recipe for the perfect porridge made with Pertwood Farm’s award-winning organic oats. Packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre, porridge has been enjoying a continuing boost in sales over the last few years, as consumers of all ages rediscover the proven health benefits of this nutritious – and budget-friendly – breakfast option.
The Natural Food Kitchen line-up also includes recently confirmed sessions by gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett and leading Harley Street nutritionist Vicki Edgson, co-authors of the popular ‘Honestly Healthy’ alkaline cookbook, which has garnered rave reviews from celebrity fans such as Victoria Beckham and Robbie Williams.
As well as Raymond Blanc, Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, the two day line-up features TV nutritionist and detox specialist Amanda Hamilton, The Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock, Conscious Food’s Kristina Locke, vegan food guru Tony Bishop-Weston, allergy free and gluten free cookery expert Christine Bailey; vegetarian chef Jay Morjaria; and Maggie Lynch, director of The Soul Food Company, Dublin, who’ll be presenting her favourite Low GI Spring recipes. The full programme, including session details and timings, is now available online at http://www.naturalproducts.co.uk/the-natural-food-show/visiting/show-features/natural-food-kitchen.