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Food Heartland Chefs Celebrate Local
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Food Heartland Chefs Celebrate Local

Local chefs have launched a unique ‘Food Heartland Hospitality Forum’, vowing to raise awareness and celebrate the quality produce, stunning cooking and delectable restaurants in the Food Heartland.

The Forum will promote the food experience available through local restaurants’ seasonal menus, and cookery schools and demos at events and markets in the area, with the help of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and a Tourism NI mentoring programme.

Initially led by a cluster of local chefs – Sean Farnan of The Moody Boar, Dean Coppard of Uluru, Simon Dougan of The Yellow Door, Mervyn Steenson of Groucho’s and Gareth Reid of 4 Vicars – the group has rapidly expanded to include more of the Food Heartland’s enthusiastic chefs and quality food outlets.

Head Chef at the Moody Boar, Sean Farnan, said:

“We have premium ingredients right our doorstep, so we wanted to create a stronger relationship between chefs and producers in the Food Heartland, and together raise awareness of the high-quality food and hospitality that has become synonymous with this region.

“With support from Tourism NI and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, we have been able to turn a small group of passionate chefs into the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum. We are really eager to express our passion for food through this platform”.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating said:

“We are delighted to promote and support the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum, which started with a few local ambitious chefs. The Forum is a welcome addition to the Food Heartland brand.

“Our borough is home to some of the finest produce and restaurants in the region and it is wonderful to have a Forum specifically dedicated to raising awareness and promoting the hospitality offering in this area.”

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