Highland Park: London's top chefs out in force to celebrate launch of slow food UK Chef Alliance
Published Date: 16th September 2011
Leading lights of the culinary world came together yesterday at an exclusive event to mark the launch of Slow Food UK’s Chef Alliance; a new initiative, which will encourage chefs to actively support the aims of Slow Food UK.
Twenty-five of London’s celebrated chefs, including the Michelin starred Michel Roux Jr, of Le Gavroche fame, Bryn Williams, Chef Patron at Odette’s and Francesco Mazzei of L'Anima, congregated at Richard Corrigan’s eponymous Mayfair restaurant (28 Upper Grosvenor Street) for Slow Food UK’s inaugural Chef Alliance gathering.
The star-studded event was hosted by Slow Food UK CEO, Catherine Gazzoli and Irish-born chef/restaurateur Richard Corrigan; who has taken on the role of Chef Alliance spokesperson.
The dynamic scheme, which launched in partnership with Highland Park whisky, hopes to engage Britain’s chefs in actively supporting the aims of Slow Food UK, by championing small scale producers and sustainably sourced, quality produce. Slow food is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Chefs who attended the lunch enjoyed a menu, specially created by Richard Corrigan using Ark of Taste produce; a list of UK products in danger of disappearing, which eventual members of the alliance will be encouraged to use, when appropriate, on their own menus.
Richard Corrigan, Slow Food UK Chef Alliance spokesperson, said: “Slow Food UK Chef Alliance is bringing together the UK’s top Chefs who are actively championing great ideas to benefit the agri and culture of these islands.”
CEO, Catherine Gazzoli said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming so many acclaimed chefs to the alliance. Many of the chefs are already actively trying to use sustainably sourced, great tasting local produce; the alliance will simply allow them to shout about it.
“It’s great to know we have so much support out there, I truly believe this is the start of something very special.”
Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager, Highland Park said: “At Highland Park our commitment to making great whisky, which is rich in flavour and offers the best taste experience, sits at the very heart of what we do. Working with Slow Food therefore feels like a natural fit for us and one where we can forge a partnership grounded in shared beliefs and values.”
The Chef Alliance will be rolled out across the UK, with regional launches set to be hosted over the coming months. All types of establishments will be welcomed, however resident chefs must first become members of their local Slow Food group and membership will be by invitation only.