Cornish chefs ‘Smash It’ at SKYBOW!

The Chefs’ Forum invited Top Cornish chefs and Cornwall College catering liaison personnel  to try their hand at the fantastic new country  sport: ‘Skybow’!

The Chefs’ Forum Member Chefs were invited to have a go at archery with moving targets in association with Country Sports South West:

Skybow specialists, Brett Morison and his team launched foam disks into into the air with a trap and supervised while the culinary experts aimed a bow and arrow at the disks as they sailed though the air!

Skybow is a brand new sport, somewhere in the middle of archery and clay pigeon shooting and the chefs enjoyed it immensely – A great stress release from their peak holiday season, fast-paced  kitchens.

The expert  chefs also enjoyed fantastic cookery demonstrations by their peers to update their skilled and draw inspiration for new menu ideas using locally sourced, reared, and foraged Cornish ingredients.

Chef Carl Milton (The Cornwall Hotel) laid on a fantastic BBQ of local sardines and venison steaks and Chef Andy Appleton (Fifteen Cornwall) demonstrated a three-course menu with complimentary wine pairings by Liz Francis , Food and Beverage Manager at The Cornwall Hotel.

Andy Appleton commented:

“It was good to see the support from so many chefs and suppliers based in Cornwall at The Chef’s Forum. A great opportunity to have a chat and talk about the current challenges we face in the industry and to catch up, away from a busy kitchen, with what everyone is up to”.

The chefs had a great day and enjoyed catching up with friends and suppliers old and new.

Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs’ Forum stated:

“Historically, chefs have been more secretive about their menus but nowadays with the internet and social media it is easy to get hold of recipes and source suppliers and share ideas. The Chefs’ Forum oils the wheels of communication between top chefs,  catering Colleges and local suppliers to really celebrate the Cornish Food scene and the elements that contribute towards its greatness”!

The Chefs’ Forum works with Cornwall College, to ensure it is kept informed of the latest news from the professional kitchens, chef appointments, changes and requirements.  It is this knowledge which facilitates the work placement of apprentice chefs at the College and builds on relationships with local chefs.

Stuart Mathieson, Head of Hospitality at Cornwall College Stated:

“As the largest college for Hospitality training in the county we have always had a strong, and direct, liaison with employers and the link with the Chefs Forum will now making that connection even stronger.

We work closely with The Chefs’ Forum to consolidate and strengthen the already high level of catering provision in Cornwall by working directly with employers, students and producers in the region”.

The Chefs’ Forum is looking forward to its next Cornish event in the Autumn which will see the launch of the state-of-the-art Catering complex at the Camborne campus.

The new development will have a demonstration theatre and new state of the art kitchens which, as a community resource, will be open to all to use. It is set to open this November.