Taste North 2019 will feature many foodie and family activities throughout the day including chef's demonstrations, cocktail masterclasses and workshops. Our incredible guest of honour this year is Jean Christophe Novelli who will conduct a number of live cooking demonstrations and be charged with choosing the winner of the annual baking contest, the Taste North Challenge.
Our Exhibitor's Market will offer everyone the opportunity to sample food from local eateries and producers, taste our local tipples and see an array of artisan crafts from right here in Caithness & Sutherland. For families there will be plenty of children’s entertainment and various opportunities for them to get their hands sticky and learn where their food comes from.
Taste North would not be possible this year without the support of our generous sponsors of both the event and the Taste North Challenge -
NDA, Together Travel Co, Caithness Chamber through their Developing the Young Workforce initiative and Mackays Hotel.
Our Guest of Honour for 2019 is Jean Christophe Novelli
Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef, who is also dubbed “the nations favourite french chef”.
He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming the private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.
Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. he spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’, as Head Chef, whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. In 1996, Jean-Christophe, then opened four restaurants in London, and so began the foundations for his internationally based mini empire. What is so surprising is that he only had £500 in his pocket to start this solo venture.
In conjunction with Baxters and The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation, we launched the Taste North Challenge competition in 2015. The competition began as a means to inspiring our local students to come up with new recipe ideas that reflect the abundance of incredible ingredients right here on our doorstep.
Kristin Main, of Thurso, was our 2017 Challenge winner.
Pictured: Judges Panel - Nick Nairn; Ellie Lamont (Mackays Hotel), Trudy Morris (Caithness Chamber, Developing the Young Workforce), George McIntyre (The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation)
With thanks to Jill Innes, Storyboard Films for the images.
This year the competition is back - with support from the Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation - and offers talented local bakers the chance to take part and win exceptional prizes across two categories. First off, the Open category, supported by Developing the Young Workforce. Secondly, the Youth category, supported by Mackays Hotel, Wick.
If you know you're an expert at a local delicacy, can create a baked delight using traditional north coast recipes or can think of a reinvention of a classic dish using a "hero" Caithness & Sutherland ingredient then this is for you! More details to follow but email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form and guidelines.
The judging process will select a shortlist of winners from each section in advance and all the finalists will all be present on the day to showcase their creations. Winners from each section will be announced live, followed by the overall Challenge winner. The Judging Panel will comprise Head Judge Jean Christophe Novelli, and representatives of our sponsors Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation, DYW & The Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Mackays Hotel, Wick.
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