By Aine McAuley
Hotel chefs and bed and breakfast owners from across the Causeway Coast and Glens have enjoyed a ‘Brilliant Breakfast’ workshop with Paula McIntyre.
The local food ambassador led a cookery demonstration at the Northern Regional College in Ballymoney which showcased a range of ways to incorporate local produce in to breakfast menus.
Ballyrashane butter and milk, Ballyeamon eggs, Corndale chorizo, Etherson’s sausages, Lacada and North Coast Smokehouse products were among the list of items used to create a memorable dining experience.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “The workshop was part of our Taste Causeway trade events which have proved to be extremely popular.
“Our thanks go to Paula and the NRC students for their involvement and I hope all those who took part left inspired to use local produce.
“We want our visitors to experience a brilliant breakfast when they come to stay in the destination and our chefs have a range of quality, award- winning local food and drink produce to choose from.”
Paula McIntyre, MBE, added: “Eating locally makes sense for food businesses. It’s economically viable, encourages creativity on menus, is better for the environment and more often than not, it tastes better. We should be proud to show off our food to locals and visitors – it’s what sets us apart.”
Destination Manager Kerrie McGon-igle said: “We hope our chefs found this practical demonstration of local produce useful and that they will replicate Paula’s passion for local produce in their own kitchens.
“The Causeway Coast and Glens has so much to offer the visitor in terms of landscapes, attractions and events and our local produce has the capacity to be another important part of our tourist offering.”
The ‘Brilliant Breakfast’ event took place at the end of Taste Causeway, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s new food celebration.
Over the course of nine days it explored the delights of our unique speciality food and drink produce through a series of dynamic and exciting foodie experiences hosted by some of our finest restaurants, food producers and tours.