The UK Ark of Taste & Chef Alliance Programme
The Slow Food in the UK Ark of Taste & Chef Alliance programmes
The Ark of Taste programme travels the world collecting small-scale quality produce threatened by industrial agriculture, environmental degradation and homogenization, to preserve the edible biodiversity of our planet. These products are often at risk of extinction! In the UK we search for British forgotten foods, to raise awareness and protect our food heritage, so that they may be rediscovered and returned to the market.
Fast life, intensive production methods and excessive legislation are the main reasons that we are losing so many of our traditional foods and drinks. With their demise we also lose centuries of expert knowledge and cultural traditions. We lose choice, flavour and the varied landscapes and wildlife associated with traditional farming. In short, we lose biodiversity.
As it is often easier to find food from half way across the world than produced on our doorstep, we have lost the link between our food, the land, and the people who produce it.
Slow Food in the UK has seen tangible results for the small-scale producers working with us to revive these foods, and retain and sustain the local jobs surrounding these economies. By preserving these foods, creating a market and preserving them as part of the landscape, our long term objective is preserving Britain’s edible biodiversity, and with this, its food security.
The Chef Alliance engages British based chefs in actively championing small-scale producers, and promoting good quality local and sustainably produced food.
The Chef Alliance invites chefs who share our Slow Food ethos and are keen to work with our UK Ark of Taste programme. We encourage chefs to use seasonal forgotten foods, helping us to raise awareness of these traditionally British products. We have been forging new relationships between chefs and producers, creating the important foundations to defend our edible biodiversity.
Slow Food is currently helping to preserve 2015 products.
83 are part of the UK Ark of Taste project.