Valentine chef gets clever with food waste!

14th February 2013

A Valentine’s Day feast-with-a-difference is taking place on Thursday in Shoreditch – and top of the menu is food which would otherwise have been thrown away.

Award-winning chef Tom Hunt has joined forces with Love Food Hate Waste, Recycle for London and the Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation to organise a Valentine’s evening banquet.

With the help of volunteers, who are all supporters of Recycle for London’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, he is aiming to encourage Londoners to waste less food – and save money at the same time.

Tom, a great supporter of Love Food Hate Waste and initiatives designed to cut food waste, is hoping his pop-up restaurant will be able to show diners just what can be made from left-over, un-loved food.

Top chef Tom runs Bristol restaurant Poco which recently won the Environmental Restaurant of the Year award. He has created a special menu for banquet, including smoked salmon pate, braised wild game, and ox heart kebabs.

“The actual menu will be flexible, depending on the food we’re able to find on the day,” says Tom, who is sourcing his core ingredients from Feeding the 5000 gleaning, oysters from Wright Brothers, a fish smokery and butchers’ offcuts.

“We waste far too much food that is perfectly good to eat,” he added. “Working with Love Food Hate Waste, I want to show people that there is an alternative, and that we can all take easy steps to not only waste less food, but also save money.”

Money raised from the banquet, which is already a sell-out, will be used by the Foundation to support the work of food banks.

Recycle for London is running a campaign to help Londoners reduce food waste by more than 100,000 tonnes, cut carbon emissions by 440,000 tonnes, save local authorities £16m and save consumers up to £500m a year. Recycle for London is delivered by WRAP and the GLA (Greater London Authority) with funding provided by LWARB (London Waste & Recycling Board).

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too. Love Food Hate Waste is delivered by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation (backed by Government funding from England, NI, Scotland and Wales).

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Can’t make the banquet? You can try making one of the mouth-watering dishes chef Tom Hunt’s will be serving up. Feel free to reproduce the recipe, but please credit Tom Hunt. You can view a short video featuring Tom and step-by-step instructions for how to make the brownies here:


Gill Dickinson

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