Gordon Ramsay backs British food exports with lamb menu

Gordon Ramsay supported a British food exports summit by creating a gala menu, which included a saddle of British lamb, to showcase the best of British to foreign buyers.

The meal was the finale to UK Trade and Investments (UKTI) Food & Drink Summit on 3 July, which promoted top British suppliers to businesses from abroad. Ramsay sent group head chef Owen Sullivan to oversee the menu, which had a saddle of lamb from Dunbia as its centrepiece. The summit, run in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation, is part of UKTIs international marketing campaign, food is GREAT Britain.

Sullivan sang the praises of the British lamb he used: The lamb we are using to showcase today ticks all the boxes when looking at what makes lamb in this country the best in the world.

We offer a unique climate in the UK, for example producing sweet green grass or salty marsh land on which to finish the lamb. Our farming industry is very advanced in producing high-end, consistent and unique-tasting products.

The menu was cooked for over 100 guests at Knowsley Hall in Merseyside, and buyers present included Coles Supermarkets in Australia, Spanish department store chain El Corte Ingls, and Polish multiple chain delicatessen Piotr i Pawe.

Ramsay added: I am delighted to be supporting UKTIs Food & Drink event as part of my ongoing support of the food is GREAT campaign. As a restaurateur of 12 restaurants in London, quality local produce is key to delivering fine dining at the highest level.

I am extremely passionate about supporting British suppliers on a global scale and will be working with a number of UK suppliers as we expand into Asia this September.

Dominic Jermey, UKTIs chief executive, said: There has never been a better time for Britains businesses to break into new international markets and the Food & Drink Summit will highlight the lucrative opportunities available and how we can help firms take advantage of them.

Exporting helps companies grow, and research shows that exporters do better with UKTIs help. I encourage all companies with global ambitions to get in contact with UKTI this week.

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