Great Cornish Food Festival – Day 1

Or more like everyone else’s day two but i was ill on the Friday!! BOO!!

However, I started off the day feeling much better and realised nothing was stopping me from getting involved in the biggest foodie event in Truro!

It is worth saying that Pretty much all of Truro was packed into the tent and getting to see much of anything for more than a glance was hard! I’m hoping it will be slightly calmer tomorrow! However, I still loved the immediate impact from walking in. The smell of food and the sound of talking, selling and of course the demos on each end.

On one end, the deck – a much more relaxed atmosphere, very small and opened out so people walking past outside can get involved, we saw Nick Evans from Rick Steins Seafood Restuarant preparing a beautiful and simple stuffed Mackeral recipe.

We later returned to the deck to watch James Strawbridge make a super cool (pun intended) ice cream cake! 

But before that, we pushed our way over to the theatre stage to watch Tom Hunter from the Scarlett hotel and Nick Hemming from the Heron Inn (a personal favourite with a view to die for in malpus) both doing perfectly crafted plates for their demos. And yes I loved every minute, but perhaps more importantly.. I saw a face, a few in fact. Blasts from the past.

I saw Karl Jones, my chief, the head of the apprentice programme at Fifteen Cornwall. The guy who makes it happen. The guy who allowed me to learn and experience everything I did. He made me feel like I was still relevent, still important. Still loved! Although the years of fifteen are behind me, I have not been forgotten and seeing the apprentices out there today helping, made me remember the glory days. 

I wish I could relive them. 

But I can’t. So instead I used this time, to feel inspired and to connect and grab as many contacts as I can. I have created a new dream, I pine for the chef life but let’s be honest. It ain’t gonna happen! 9-5s don’t exist in catering, but for the first time in ages I felt the urge to take a step back to it. To be involved. To create and produce. 

I will find away to be more involved in cooking, writing and everything I have passion for. Because damn it I loved it. And I have friends in high places that I intend to ask for help from. 

Plus, when you get asked to come in and inspire the new fifteen cornwall apprentices, it kinda throws you into a mini power trip! 😂😂💁🏼

Everything I do from now on is gonna be aimed towards my goal. Cook or write about cooking. Full time. 

Anyway, ill post pictures of things and be less profound tomorrow sorry! 

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Me, 4 years ago doing a demo at the great Cornish food festival with fifteen head chef Andy Appleton. Yeah bitches!!

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