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Award-winning South-West chefs to help end hunger in Africa at Great Bath Feast

03 October 2014

Two stars of the South-West’s flourishing restaurant scene are set to showcase their culinary credentials at “Global Gourmet”, one of the highlights of this year’s Great Bath Feast.

Award-winning chefs Sam Moody (Michelin starred Executive Chef who oversees the renowned restaurant at The Bath Priory Hotel, Bath) and Hywel Jones (Michelin starred Executive Chefat Lucknam Park Hotel in Colerne) have teamed upto stage a masterclass in culinary creativity through a series of live cookery demonstrations at the Global Gourmet event which takes place at The Shed in Bath on Sunday October 12.

The event, a celebration of some of the finest aspects of global travel and cuisine, is the brainchild of the leading bespoke travel specialist, Silver Compass. The Wiltshire-based company is bringing together some of the South-West’s leading suppliers of great global food and wine with some of Silver Compass’ favourite travel partners.

Turning passion for food into action to end hunger in Africa

Silver Compass’ ambitions for the day, however, are not limited to showcasing some of the very best in global food, wine and gastronomic destinations. The company is also determined to turn the passion for food among visiting Bath foodies into real action and support for communities struggling to grow enough food to eat in eastern Africa.

All the money raised through the Global Gourmet day will go to Farm Africa’s Food for Good campaign which is bringing the UK’s food and hospitality sectors together to help end hunger. Farm Africa is working to end hunger in eastern Africa by supporting smallholder farmers there with better agricultural practice and business skills that help them grow and sell more food.

Silver Compass has a proud history of support for the charity and donates a percentage of the value of each holiday it sells to Farm Africa, amounting to more than £1000 last year. The company was set up by Ben Williams whose brother Sam has gone as far in his support as rowing solo across the Atlantic, cycling from London to visit Farm Africa projects in Kenya and cycling across the United States to raise thousands of pounds for Farm Africa.

Looking forward to his involvement in the Global Gourmet day, Hywel Jones said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the Silver Compass Global Gourmet event in aid of Farm Africa.  As a chef anything food related is a source of pleasure and enjoyment for me. It’s sometimes hard to imagine and understand that in today’s society some people still face hunger. I commend Farm Africa for the work they do to end food hunger and I look forward to using what is a passion for me to help those not so fortunate.”

And speaking on behalf of Silver Compass, Kit Williams said:

“Some of the best and most lasting travel memories are of meals shared and of new flavours experienced.  We are delighted to be able to stage an event as part of The Great Bath Feast showcasing these experiences in the company of some of our favourite suppliers and local businesses and at the same time to be able to raise much needed funds for our partner charity Farm Africa and their Food for Good initiative.  Silver Compass has had a long-standing relationship with Farm Africa and we are passionate about contributing in any way we can to their work. We are particularly excited to have the support of Sam Moody and Hywel Jones, our guest chefs, in making our Global Gourmet day a great experience for everyone, and giving us the chance to raise further funds to support the efforts of “Food for Good” to end hunger in Africa. “

Photos of the event will be made available to the press after the event on request.

You can follow the Great Bath Feast and Global Gourmet by using #global14 and @greatbathfeast.

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Event information for Global Gourmet Day:

The event will be open to the public between 11am and 4.30pm on Sunday 12 October.

Advanced tickets cost £5 (including 2 charity raffle tickets) and are available here. http://www.silvercompass.co.uk/global-gourmet

Tickets on the day will cost £6 and will include 1 charity raffle ticket.

Global Gourmet, The Shed, Box Road, Bath, BA1 7LR.

Live demonstrations from 2 of Bath’s leading chefs.

11.30- 12.45  Hywel Jones, Executive Michelin Star Chef at Lucknam Park Hotel, Bath .

2.30- 3.15      Sam Moody, Executive Michelin Star Chef at The Bath Priory.

The Global Gourmet Day will feature:

interactive displays from some of the South-West’s best “foodie” suppliers including:

  •          The Shed’s own cheese specialist - offering a cheese tour of Europe
  •          Fine Wines Direct UK, Cardiff - showcasing wines from New Zealand, South Africa, North and South America.
  •          A coffee experience with award-winning Barista Jose Melim from Easy Jose Coffee, Bath.
  •          A chocolate adventure with Hotel Chocolat
  •          Olive Oil and Balsamic tasting with Olive Oil Sommelier Michael North, The Olive Trail, Shepton Mallett
  •          Artisan Baker – Jonathan Leslie – Eleven Batheaston

 

inspiration for Gourmet travel from some of Silver Compass’ favourite partners, each showcasing one or two of their top destinations.

  •            Oceania Cruises – luxury ocean cruising offering the finest cuisine at sea.
  •            Riviera Travel – small-group journeys and river cruises through the wine regions of Europe.
  •            Travel 2 – highlighting the best gourmet destinations in New Zealand and South Africa.
  •            US Airtours – tailor-made travel to the best food and wine regions of the USA 
  •            Superbreak – tempting you to steal away on the British Pullman, the Orient Express and other highly indulgent short breaks.
  •            Sunvil Traveller – South American specialist tempting you to explore this colourful continent.
  •            Cox and Kings – with their Masterchef Travel” collection of inspirational culinary journeys.     

 

Notes to Editor:

For more information, please contact the Farm Africa Press Office:

Matt Whitticase,    020 7067 1237 / mattheww@farmafrica.org

Ngaio Bowthorpe, 0207841 5156/ ngaiob@farmafrica.org

 

About Food for Good

 

Food for Good is a Farm Africa initiative that is bringing together the food and hospitality industries to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: hunger. You can find out more about Food for Good here: www.farmafrica.org/foodforgood  /  0207 067 1254.

Images from Food for Good events in 2013 are available via an online collection which is available here: http://resources.farmafrica.org/?c=360&k=b0db057371 Click on any images for download options.

Farm Africa is also the official charity partner for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, sponsored by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

 

About Farm Africa

 

Farm Africa supports farmers living at subsistence level, constantly at risk of crop failure, to build food and income security so that they can grow a better and reliable future for their families.

By focusing on ‘climate smart’ agricultural and forestry techniques, building market links and adding value to production, Farm Africa unleashes the entrepreneurial abilities of the farmers and rural communities they work with.

Farm Africa believes passionately that smallholders can and will play a key role in achieving rural prosperity in Africa.