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’.