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Top chef seeks local food

[Wednesday 14 February 2007]
top chef seeks local food
Sophie Peters (left), with the CLA's Dorothy Fairburn at Kilnsey

IT SOUNDS like a recruitment ad. in a local newspaper - and it could mean more jobs for local farmers and market gardeners. But the advertisers are not seeking employees but the food that they produce.

A leading Leeds hotel is teaming up with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in Yorkshire to source new local food suppliers. Following the launch of its Home Grown and Local menu, Malmaison at Swinegate is working with the CLA to find food and drink suppliers within a 30 mile radius of the hotel - placing Yorkshire Dales producers in a prime position.

Malmaison's regional business development manager, Sophie Peters, said: "Our head chef has been tasked with sourcing local food and drink suppliers so that our new menu incorporates and celebrates local, naturally grown produce.

"Our aim is to support local businesses and to sustain partnerships within the local community and working with the CLA takes us a step further towards achieving this."

Malmaison has already signed up a number of new food and drink suppliers including CLA members, Anthony and Vanessa Roberts, who have owned Kilnsey Park Trout Farm in Upper Wharfedale for the last 15 years. The Roberts' fresh trout forms the bedrock of a mouth-watering grilled Rainbow Trout dish on the hotel's new menu; served with watercress, baby spinach and tomato butter.

CLA regional director for Yorkshire, Dorothy Fairburn said: "Many of our members are responsible for producing some of the region's finest fresh produce and we are delighted to be able to help Malmaison showcase their talents."

  • Anyone who would like to be considered as a potential supplier for the new menu should contact the CLA regional office on 01347 823803 or email: info.yorkshire@cla.org.uk

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