Award winning chefs celebrate Lancashire Day

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 December 2019

The Taste Lancashire chefs

The Taste Lancashire chefs

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Lancashire’s top chefs served a dinner to remember to celebrate Lancashire Day

On the anniversary of the day in 1295 MPs travelled as Lancashire's first representatives at Westminster, eight of the county's best chefs headed to the capital to serve a taste of the region to some of the country's top food and travel writers.

The team included representatives from the UK's number one restaurant, five of the UK's Top 50 Gastropubs, Gastropub Chef of the Year, Dining Pub of the Year and Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year.

The event was introduced and hosted by Paul Heathcote MBE and Nigel Haworth, widely regarded as the people responsible for sparking interest in local food and the county's food scene.

Mark Birchall, chef patron of the two Michelin star Moor Hall; Chris Bury, head chef from The Cartford Inn; Stosie Madi, chef patron from Parkers Arms; Oli Martin, head chef at Hipping Hall, Mark Taft, executive chef at Seafood Pub Company and Freemasons at Wiswell chef owner, Steven Smith, cooked everything from a Lancashire beetroot rose dish and fallow deer to a turbot with Morecambe Bay oyster sauce, curried mutton pasty and a vanilla slice, with Wiswell village apple, brown butter ice-cream and Benedictine caramel.

The menu, served at Guild of Fine Food at Borough Market, also featured ingredients from an abundance of Lancashire producers.

Booths, Burholme Farm, Calyx Drinks Ltd, Choc Amor, Goosnargh Gin, H&P Ascroft, Midland Fish Company, Old School Brewery, Pugh's Piglets, Smithy Mushrooms, Wellocks, Wellgate Fisheries, The Bee Centre and The Whalley Wine Shop were all featured in the celebrations.

The Lancashire Day lunch on November 27th formed a part of a series of events that were held in the county and the capital by Marketing Lancashire and was a part of their Taste Lancashire campaign to bring the quality of the county's food to a much wider audience.

Marketing Lancashire's chief executive Rachel McQueen said: 'We took Lancashire to London, to showcase some of our finest chefs and produce.

'Each of them has brought significant recognition to Lancashire, achieving some of the industry's top accolades.

'By cooking for the UK's top food and travel writers, they will in turn help to encourage more visitors to sample and appreciate the county's rich larder, our world class restaurants, top gastropubs and unbeatable hospitality.'

And she added: 'We have some of the best produce in the country and raising awareness of this around Lancashire Day sends out a strong message to visitors as well as to passionate Lancastrians that we're incredibly proud to share.'

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