Food news from around Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 11:56 13 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:56 13 May 2014

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From the April 2014 magazine - see more food and drink content here -

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You may have seen some of these already but Hampshire’s local food and drink scene has been given a publicity boost recently by the BBC programme James Martin: Home Comforts.

Hampshire producers such as Laverstoke Farm, The Chilli Garden, Naked Jam, Lyburn Cheese, Meadow Cottage Farm and more will all be starring in the series, which has been on BBC 1 every day at 3.45pm. After hosting a camera crew at their own homes, farms and businesses, the stars of the show have then been invited in to James Martin’s home to watch him cook a recipe with their produce. Many of these local producers will be looking for your votes for this year’s Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards, which will this year launch in July so watch this space.

Care in the community

Over recent years the hospitality group, Ideal Collection, has worked hard to establish a number of successful pubs and eateries in Southampton and surrounding areas. Owner Matthew Boyle is now eager to give something back to the community by setting up The Ideal Foundation, which 
will raise funds for local charities through donations and fundraising events organised by staff 
and customers.

The first project to benefit from the support of The Ideal Foundation will be run in association with the Southampton Voluntary Services. Together they are re-launching a Southampton based project called ‘Community Roots’. The therapeutic horticultural scheme, centred around an allotment in the Polygon area of Southampton, provides integrated supported volunteering, training and work experience opportunities to people with extra support needs – especially those who have experienced homelessness, mental health or substance misuse issues.

The Ideal Foundation and SVS hope the project will move into providing an integrated pathway including the establishment of a training kitchen and not-for-profit community café offering food hygiene, cooking, budgeting and customer service skills training and development. Successful participants will then have the chance to move on to apprenticeships and work experience in roles including positions within the Ideal Collection’s pubs and eateries.

1st birthday for Owton’s

Owton’s Traditional Family Butchers have just celebrated their first year anniversary of trading inside Garson’s Garden Centre in Titchfield.

Clare James, Director at Garson’s Titchfield said, “We have had a great first year with the new Butchery & Deli Counter. Customers enjoy having the great selection of products on offer to complement the range of local quality goods that we offer.”

Sounds to us like a great way to get your garden ready for spring and shop for your Easter lunch all in one place, find out more at

Working with wine

A local woman from Hamble-le-Rice, Erica Dent, is celebrating this month after winning the internationally coveted Wine & Spirit Education Trust Reidel Wine Educator of the Year award.

Having worked at Citibank in London, Erica was inspired to set up her company, Enjoy Discovering Wine after spending a year in New Zealand. She completed her training and also gained a diploma before pursuing a career in wine, which has seen her working with local companies such as Lime Wood, where she helped to train staff. She now runs training courses and workshops for a variety of hospitality businesses alongside her work with local charities such as the Royal Association for the Deaf. Congratulations Erica!

Little Waitrose for Southampton

John Lewis has recently announced a £7.3 million investment in its Southampton department store, which will see the transformation of the lower ground floor and include a ‘little Waitrose at John Lewis’ shop to be completed in September.

The plans will see current lower ground floor home departments relocated and reconfigured to include the latest retail concepts such as a dedicated home pop-up shop and fully fitted demonstration kitchen. In addition to this, back of house space will be converted to create the new 5,000sq ft ‘little Waitrose at John Lewis’.

The food offer will be built around core groceries including fresh fruit and deli products as well as ranges of ready meals, fresh pasta, soups and breads, along with the Waitrose ‘easy’ ranges of prepared meat, fish and vegetables. The shop will benefit from a bakery counter that will serve bread and viennoiserie products alongside individually wrapped cakes and pastries. Customers will also be able to stock up on a range of ales and beers, and a large assortment of fine wines and champagnes as well as fresh flowers and store cupboard items. What a fantastic addition to the City.

Golden marmalade

Artisan food producers and beauty product manufacturers, Riverside Lifestyle has just scooped the Artisan Gold Award in the 9th World’s Original Marmalade Awards for its Lemon and Ginger Marmalade.

Talking about their win they said: “This is a golden award for us in more ways than one! We’ve got our preserve pans at the ready to make lots more jars so please come and try it.

To find out more about Riverside Lifestyle visit

Masterchef winner to judge Create & Cook

Winner of BBC TV’s 2013 Masterchef: The Professionals, Steven Edwards, has confirmed he will judge the final of the 2014 Create and Cook Competition, a regional contest to find the best young cooking duo in Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

The Create and Cook Competition, which is organised by fit2cook food education and sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, is open to all 12-14 year olds across the three counties. The competition celebrates local food and nurtures young talent, challenging entrants to create a two course menu sourcing ingredients from local producers in their county.

Steven, who is Head Chef at the Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel in Sussex, sister hotel to Lainston House Hotel near Winchester, was crowned Masterchef: The Professionals 2013 champion after six weeks of incredible cooking and culinary challenges. Now he will be applying his skills to judge the young finalists of the Create and Cook competition at the regional final on 26 June at Newlyns Cookery School in Hampshire.

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