Chefs

Come the agricultural revolution, whose side will you be on?

By Louisa Dodd, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association “We need a pretty spectacular agricultural revolution” prescribed Iain Holhurst, organic vegetable farmer forerunner at the closing of the 2023 Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) last week.  I attended the ORFC in the hope of hearing practical ways to bring about that revolution, in which farmers …

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Beans mean anything is pulseable

By Charlotte Jones, Communications Manager at Eating Better Rarely have the twin pressures of the environment and the bottom line been drawn into such sharp focus at the same time. Menu makeovers both in and out of home offer a solution to both the cost of living and climate crises. And pulses can be at …

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Pioneers of Hong Kong hospitality reap rewards

By Belinda Ng, Food Made Good Hong Kong An environmentally friendly ‘coffee laundry’ and a food hall on a mission to remove all single-use packaging were among the winners at the third Food Made Good Hong Kong Awards. The ten award categories at the event to celebrate the most outstanding efforts and best practices of …

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Food Made Good Japan Awards help spread the global food sustainability movement

By Food Made Good Japan On 14th November 2022, the Food Made Good Japan Awards 2022 were held in Tokyo organised by the Sustainable Restaurant Association Japan (SRA-J). The award ceremony sponsored by Mitsubishi Estate was held in-person at 3x3Lab Future and shown online. Five of the SRA-J member restaurants were recognised for their outstanding …

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Celebration of native produce sees Guatemala restaurant to award success

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association The clue is in the name. The winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award at Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by Flor de Caña, is all about the provenance. For those non-Spanish speakers, Diacá, literally means, from here. And at this pioneering Guatemalan restaurant, where the ingredients come from, …

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Award-winning young chefs shaping our food future

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Since 2010 San Pellegrino has been promoting a global talent platform for chefs under the age of 30, in the shape of its Young Chef Academy. We’re thrilled that for the second time we’re judging submissions for the Social Responsibility Award, having devised the criteria in 2019 for the …

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Energy Bill Relief Scheme: How will it affect hospitality?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Large or small, hospitality businesses of all sizes have been seriously rattled by the soaring energy price rises of recent months and the threat of more to come. The prediction this week from Fuller’s that it’s total annual bill for gas and electricity would leap from £8m to £18m …

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Could street food venison be a sustainability game changer?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association What do you get if you take two former fine dining chefs, a hunter, one of the UK’s most under-utilised and most environmentally friendly meats and a food truck? Answer: The winners of the Sustainability Award at the British Street Food Awards 2022, as judged by the SRA. Yes, …

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How hospitality can reduce the impacts of seafood consumption

By Hayley Swanlund, Seafood Sustainability Officer, WWF-UK and Clarus Chu, Senior Policy Advisor (Production), WWF-UK The UK was once a net exporter of seafood, voyaging across oceans to catch our favourite fish such as cod. However, over the past few decades the UK has increasingly relied on seafood from overseas, becoming a net importer in …

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Top tips for going global to plug chef shortage

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association With chefs about as hard to find as hens’ teeth, wouldn’t it be great if you could access a talent pool of millions and build a whole new kitchen team? We spoke to one restaurateur who’s done just that and wanted to share her tips and advice after nine …

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