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Colin McGurran at the Great Yorkshire Show

Colin McGurran, chef  and owner of  Winteringham Fields, was at the Great Yorkshire Show with Slow Food UK and Highland Park and  he shares  his experience with us.

I was delighted to be invited to speak as a member of the Slow Food Alliance at the Great Yorkshire Show this year. The Slow Food Alliance philosophy of supporting small scale producers, good quality local ingredients and sustainably produced food is something that I have been passionate about for many years. Over the last 3 years at Winteringham Fields we have been able to grow my own herbs and vegetables and rear our own livestock. This has been a slow process but for the last year we have been really able to reap the benefits and I am extremely proud of the quality and consistency of our menu. Using our own produce alongside that of great local producers means that I now offer a menu that predominantly uses ingredients sourced from within a two mile radius.

 

I was pleased that so many people took the time to come out to the Great Yorkshire Show despite the weather and I was so disappointed that it was cancelled after the first day. I really feel that the great turn out shows how passionate people are about Slow Food and what they stand for. I know from speaking with my own customers about the changes that I have made to my own menu in 2012 that they appreciate knowing where each ingredient comes from. I also feel it is really important that local producers are recognized and supported in the current climate.

 

I decided to have just one menu consisting of 15 dishes which alongside a lunch menu that incorporated some of the same dishes. I feel that this ensures consistency with each dish and I can forecast my growing and kitchen spend more effectively that when we had 3 different menus available. I think that having the team all help rear or grow the produce means that they take extra care when preparing and cooking it. This then translates into the dishes themselves and it really enhances the dining experience for the customer.

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