Event has recipe for success

Food event 1 - Guest presenter David Kennedy, executive chef at NE2 Social in Newcastle, was assisted by Northumberland College students Kirsty Milligan from Morpeth and Laura Hardie from Newbiggin.
Food event 1 - Guest presenter David Kennedy, executive chef at NE2 Social in Newcastle, was assisted by Northumberland College students Kirsty Milligan from Morpeth and Laura Hardie from Newbiggin.
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THE county’s first food event aimed at inspiring and advising Northumberland caterers has been hailed a success by the organisers and those who went along.

The day-long event, hosted by Linden Hall Hotel and put together by the county council’s public protection service, was attended by 200 local caterers who came along to gain top tips and advice on areas such as menu development, marketing, advertising and managing business finance.

Hourly practical food demonstrations, informative presentations and exhibits from a wide range of organisations involved in the catering trade were among the features at the event.

Catering students from Northumberland College also benefited from the day as they were given the opportunity to gain some practical experience with both former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy and Jill Weatherburn, a food consultant with Premier Foods.

Guest speakers included Henry Roberts, Chairman of Northumbrian Larder, Andy Hook, restaurateur and food consultant, and Helen Spark from Northumberland Tourism.

Coun Alan Thompson, Executive Member for Public Protection at Northumberland County Council, said: “The event has not only attracted some of the key figures from the food industry, but also proved to be extremely popular with our local caterers who have had lots of opportunities to learn from those experts in the industry.”

Kirsty Milligan, who lives in Morpeth, was among the Northumberland College students to benefit from the session with the experts.

“I have had a fantastic time today and learnt a great deal from my time with David and Jill, but the event has also given me an insight into the issues facing caterers and small businesses today and how these can be tackled,” she said.

For more information about the event, visit www.northumberlandfoodnetwork.org.uk