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20 November 2017

MasterChef Champion Jane Devonshire Talks Local Produce

MasterChef Champion Jane Devonshire, who will opening the Local Produce Show 2018, talks about her love of local food and explains why she is supporting the event.

Honest, traditional and tasty food soared Jane Devonshire on to become MasterChef Champion 2016. From Winkles on Toast to Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble, British food is where the mum of four shines. Since winning the competition in 2016 she has worked with chefs Marcus Wareing, Michel Roux and Michael O’Hare at their restaurants and presented at numerous Food & Drink Shows around the UK including the BBC Good Food Show.

Jane’s traditional food, inspired by her family, captured the attention of MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace on the show. "Food is an absolutely solid and integral part of my family life, both when growing up and now” explains Jane who lives in Hampshire. “It represents so much more to me than just food - the best times are always when good food, family and friends surround you.”

“I firmly believe that the best ingredients are seasonal and local. The UK has led the way in recent years in sourcing and promoting local food in its restaurants and shops. I am a huge supporter of initiatives which encourage this and as such I am delighted to be involved with the Local Produce Show. I can’t wait to explore the local food on offer at the event and look forward to meeting both the producers and buyers there on the day. British food is having an exciting time at the moment, for chefs there has never before been so much choice, excellent quality and accessibility to fantastic ingredients. It can only mean good things for the future of the British food industry and for the overall taste on our plates.”

Jane is now continuing her food dreams. She continues to work with top chefs, she is presenting around the country and she has a cookbook being published next year. “I love food, learning about food and educating other people about food. Just teaching the kids that great food does not always have to be about fat and fast food is a real joy.”

One day a week is put aside for support for two cancer charities which are very close to her heart, Ark Cancer Charity and The Haven. As well as working with charities, Jane is also working closely with local schools to impart her enthusiasm for food amongst the students.

Now in its tenth year, the Local Produce Show, organised by Business South, Paris Smith, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, New Forest Marque, Southern Co-op and Cavendish Ships Stores, brings together some of the region’s small food and drink businesses with chefs and buyers seeking to source new produce.

In 2017, the event showcased over forty local producers offering samples and information about their products to potential buyers. Upham Brewery, The Garlic Farm, Mash Brewery, Hill Farm Juice, Wow Cupcakes, Yarty Cordials, Mooka Gelato, Winchester Distillery, Chalk Valley Cheese, Flack Manor, Bowman Ales and Mozzo Coffee were just some of the businesses exhibiting there on the day.

For chefs and buyers, the event provides an invaluable opportunity to source new and exciting ingredients whilst supporting the Hampshire economy and its local producers. Previous buyers have included; Carnival UK, University of Southampton and Ideal Collection.

Event Details:
The Local Produce Show returns to Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on 25 January 2018
Exhibition stands available from £110+VAT
Buyers and chefs can register to attend for free
Contact: eventsadmin@businesssouth.org or 02380 682520

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