Cornwall chefs shooting challenge

Journalists are invited to join chefs from Cornwall, staff from Country Sports South West (CSSW) and Cornwall Food & Drink for a chefs’ clay shooting challenge on the 19th March at Colquite House, Washaway, near Bodmin.

The challenge will mark the launch of a new regional campaign to encourage more people to eat locally-sourced wild game meat. The campaign supports Taste of Game, a national promotion run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation; the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Game meat is an increasingly important part of the Cornwall chef’s repertoire. The clay shooting challenge will bring together some of the top chefs in Cornwall to highlight the link between shooting and wild game meat.

The regional game food campaign is being run by Country Sports South West. Development staff will create and develop new opportunities for game food suppliers and shoots and organise game cookery demonstrations aimed at visitors. In addition, CSSW will help to promote regional game recipes, chefs, restaurants, gastro pubs, game suppliers and shoots via a consumer website and marketing programme.

Country Sports South West is a £1.6 million tourism project aimed at promoting the South West region as a premier tourism destination for country sports. The project is being delivered by BASC in partnership with the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT).

Cornwall Food & Drink brings together the county’s food and drink providers. 

Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said: “Game meat is available throughout the year through many regional suppliers. Game meat is healthy, nutritious and delicious and we want to celebrate it and encourage more people to try it.”

Ruth Huxley, managing director of Cornwall Food & Drink, said: “We have noticed many more chefs in Cornwall using game on their menus, reflecting its value, versatility and increasing popularity amongst diners. Working with the Country Sports South West project, we have made a point of featuring game in all our events over the past year and have found that people are very interested in finding out where they can buy game and how to prepare it.”

For more information and to book interviews and photographs, contact Liz Parsons on 01823 480 938 or email liz.parsons@basc.org.uk

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