Outlaw: I owe my success to good Cornish produce
Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw turned his knife skills to cake cutting yesterday to mark the official opening of one of the nation's favourite food festivals.
The chef, whose restaurants collected another Michelin star this week, cut the cake – made out of an assortment of Cornish produce – to open the tenth Cornwall Food and Drink festival.
Outlaw, who has been involved in the festival in Truro ever since its inaugural year, said Cornish produce was central to his restaurants' success. The three-day event which attracts the county's top food producers brings in an estimated £2 million to the Cornish economy.
Opening the festival, the chef, who has two Michelin stars for his popular fish and seafood restaurant at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, said the aim of the festival is to champion Cornish produce.
"There's no way on earth I would have the success of my restaurant if it wasn't for Cornish produce," he said. " The Cornish food scene is amazing, it just gets better all the time. When I first came to Cornwall in 1998 we had the obvious restaurants, like Rick Stein's and others, but now it's just amazing. The rest of the country looks to Cornwall and the South West for its food and I think we fly the flag for the rest of Britain."
The festival includes an assortment of the best food and drink products in the region as well as cooking demonstrations from top chefs. It is expected that it will attract more than 40,000 people across its three days to look at food and drink displayed by more than 60 exhibitors.
Ruth Huxley, director of Cornwall Food and Drink and festival manager said: "It's not just people buying food and drink at the festival, there are people who book a week's holiday here after coming for the festival especially. As Nathan said there is a lot of scope for development of the scene and I am very very keen to push that message but we cant get complacent, there's a lot more we can do. We need to recognise that we can be not only a regional leader but a world leader for food."