|Roy Brett (right) in West Cork in 2011|
Stephen Sage, editor of West Cork Food, brings us up to date on another exciting development:
Following the success of the Celtic Cook Off over the past two years, the West Cork Food/Celtic Cook Off working group have been invited to take part in the two-day Loch Fyne Food Fair in Scotland in May.
The invitation comes from Roy Brett, Celtic Cook Off winner for 2011 and guest chef during the 2012 event when he staged a Taste of Ondine night at the West Cork Hotel Restaurant; a menu based on that of his acclaimed Edinburgh restaurant and featuring West Cork food products. Roy is also Culinary Director at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Argyll.
On the Saturday evening of the Fair, Roy will be providing a Celtic Culinary Celebration meal in partnership with Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale and featuring products from West Cork’s Woodcock Smokery and Rosscarbery Recipes.
Members of the West Cork working group will also have a stand for the two days of the Food Fair to promote the Celtic Cook Off, West Cork Food Tourism and the individual producers and providers who are part of West Cork Food. Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery and Avril Allshire of Rosscarbery Recipes will also be leading some of the 'Table Talk Sessions' during the Food Fair where producers sit down round a big table with people and talk to them about what they do.
The Celtic Cook Off takes place during the Taste of West Cork Food Festival in September and this year Tourism Ireland, who will also be represented at the Loch Fyne Fair, are sponsoring a competition to win two flights to Cork and three days care hire during the 2013 Taste of West Cork Food Festival. For the very lucky food enthusiast winner, the West Cork Hotel will also be sponsoring two nights’ accommodation, reservations for the Guest Chef Night at the Hotel Restaurant with Gary O’Hanlon the 2012 Celtic Cook Off winner, tickets for the Celtic Cook Off itself and the opportunity to meet with the 2013 competing chefs.
The co-operative promotional network across the Celtic regions that began with the first Celtic Cook Off in 2011 is certainly continuing to grow.