Game on

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PURDEY, Boisdale restau­rants and BASC’S Taste of Game have teamed up to cel­e­brate Bri­tish wild game. The Eat Game Awards will recog­nise the cham­pi­ons of Bri­tish game and there are 10 cat­e­gories, cov­er­ing chefs, pubs, re­tail­ers, butch­ers and more. The pub­lic has un­til Fe­bru­ary 28, 2018, to nom­i­nate a game-meat busi­ness or per­son and, af­ter the nom­i­na­tions are in, the pub­lic can vote. Win­ners will be an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2018. Visit www.eatgameawards.co.uk for in­for­ma­tion.

Mean­while, Game Changer, the ini­tia­tive from BASC’S Taste of Game and the Food Teach­ers Cen­tre that aims to teach 60,000 stu­dents to cook game by 2020, has been in­un­dated with re­quests for ses­sions with schools since the launch in the sum­mer. So far, more than 150 teach­ers have re­quested train­ing on how to pre­pare pheas­ant, 140 schools would like a masterclass (some are al­ready un­der­way) and 126 schools have re­quested a sup­ply of pheas­ants to help with lessons.

‘It is lovely that a new gen­er­a­tion will un­der­stand game and know how to cook it,’ says Taste of Game’s An­nette Wool­cock. ‘I would also like to say a huge thank you to the game deal­ers and shoots who are do­nat­ing pheas­ants to their lo­cal schools. The project would not be a suc­cess with­out them.’

Louise Davies of the Food Teach­ers Cen­tre is en­thu­si­as­tic about the chance to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about ‘the con­tri­bu­tion of sea­sonal, lo­cal and nu­tri­tious foods to mod­ern and tra­di­tional Bri­tish cui­sine’.

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