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I am delighted to have been part of the Quality Food Awards judging panel for over ten years, to have judged, chaired and worked behind the scenes to make the process robust, add value to entrants by developing systems for them to get feedback , by developing the kitchen process that is still used now, and by being part of the group who review the process annually to keep it challenging and current in terms of product categories. A few years ago i helped set up the Irish Quality Food Awards and recruit judges and the kitchen team . It has grown from strength to strength, the Irish Cafe Quality Food Awards have now been added too and are also thriving.

Both in the UK and Ireland I never tire of seeing great products rise to the top int he process, it also allows me to hear in more detail about products and producers and meet the people on the ground who are working in the industry day in , day out and hear where they think there are opportunities, unsolved issues and great companies. It certainly feeds my thought process for the coming year and keeps my thinking fresh.

I love seeing products improve too as a result of feedback received from the QFA’s and Irish QFA’s…

**Here is a snapshot of behind the scenes at the Irish Cafe QFA’s**

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This year the QFA team launch in Chile , I look forward to seeing and hearing about the products that will unearth and to seeing the market in Chile grow as a result of the processes and feedback from the QFA’s

 

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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
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Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait


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