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Local chefs serve up a treat for 2023 food waste calendar

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Friday 02 December 2022

Twelve local chefs are once again sharing some of their favourite dishes in an effort to help reduce the amount of food ending up in the bin.

Local restaurants have teamed up with Guernsey Waste to help produce the 2023 Love Food Hate Waste recipe calendar, which islanders can now pick up for free from local supermarkets across the island.

It is estimated more than £10 million worth of food is currently thrown away in Guernsey each year. More than 3,000 tonnes are collected annually from local households, about two thirds of which could have been eaten. An average family could be wasting as much as £800 a year on food that ends up in the bin. 

The chefs supporting the initiative are from the Conservatory, Cooked, Copenhagen, Imperial, La Fregate, La Reunion, Le Pommier, JB Parkers, Pier 17, Old Government House and The Rockmount. 

Each chef came up with a seasonal recipe, to provide tasty dishes for each month of the year.  The calendar also includes simple, practical steps to help reduce food waste. 

Waste prevention & recycling officer, Tina Norman-Ross said the calendar is 100% Guernsey using local chefs, a local design company, a local photographer, a local printer as well as a lot of local ingredients.

"We asked our chefs to come up with a seasonal dish for a particular month, using fresh, local as well as general store cupboard ingredients. They have come up with a great mix of recipes which we hope will inspire islander's meals, whether just cooking for the family or friends," said Mrs Norman-Ross.

"We are particularly grateful to Richard Wood and his team at Le Pommier Hotel for allowing us to use the hotel's kitchen for all the cooking and two-day photo shoot. This gave our chefs time and space to prepare and cook their dishes without all the distractions they would have in their normal kitchen."

Mr Wood who is the Head Chef and Managing Director of Le Pommier Hotel was more than happy to get involved in the project.

"Our team loved it - it was great fun," he said.  "Having recently reopened the hotel after a complete refurbishment and rebrand, the timing for us was perfect.  It has been great working with the team at Guernsey Waste as well as meeting all the chefs involved in helping to put the calendar together."

Mrs Norman-Ross said the run up to Christmas was an important time to get the message across, given the emphasis on food and drink over the festive season.  Guernsey Waste was also grateful for the support from supermarkets.

"We are in a really fortunate position of being able to look forward to the festive season as we would any other. As we get ready for Christmas, we are encouraging islanders to reduce their waste in general over the next few weeks in the lead up to the New Year."

"The Love Food Hate Waste calendar will then hopefully be a reminder throughout next year to keep thinking about what ends up in the bin.  It is a great way to get the Love Food Hate Waste message directly into island homes for a whole 12 months and highlight how a few small changes can save a lot of money."

Islanders can pick up a copy of the calendar from the following retailers:

·       Alliance

·       Checkers Xpress at Capelles

·       Co-op stores

·       Forest Stores

·       Iceland

·       M&S Food Halls

·       Morrisons

·       Waitrose

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