Chef shooting event to launch game campaign

A group of Cornwall chefs took part in a clay pigeon shooting challenge earlier this month as part of a campaign to encourage people to eat game meat.

The event, which took place at Colquite House, Washaway, near Bodmin, was organised by Country Sports South West (CSSW) and Cornwall Food & Drink. It marked the launch of a regional game food campaign supporting Taste of Game, a national promotion run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

In addition to the shoot, the chefs were treated to a lunch of pheasant and venison provided by local game food suppliers, along with other local produce from some of Cornwall Food & Drink’s members.

Ben Palmer, head chef of The Plough at Duloe and recent MasterChef: The Professionals contestant, won the competition. Other competitors included TV chef Paul Ainsworth, who runs restaurants Number 6 and Rojano’s in Padstow, Michelin-starred Chris Eden of the Driftwood restaurant in Portscatho and Jack Stein, son of Rick Stein and development chef at Stein’s restaurants.

Annette Cole, from CSSW, said: “The aim of the chefs’ clay shooting challenge was to highlight the link between shooting and eating game. We talked about the importance of sourcing game locally and the potential that country sports have to bring much-needed tourism funds into rural areas all year-round.”

“Shooting is worth £270m annually to the south west economy. We are working to make the shooting and eating of game even more of a draw to the area.”

Cornwall Food & Drink director Ruth Huxley said: “Game meat is a sustainable and good-value food, which both consumers and chefs seem to want to know more about. Home cooks are particularly interested in learning how to prepare and make the most of these meats and the series of demonstrations by professional chefs that we have run at our events in association with Country Sports South West have proved popular.”

The regional game food campaign will see CSSW create and develop new opportunities for game food suppliers and shoots, and organise game cookery demonstrations for visitors to Cornwall. In addition, the campaign will help to promote regional game recipes, chefs, restaurants, gastro pubs, game suppliers and shoots via a consumer website and marketing programme.

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