Some of the top cookery students in Cornwall and Devon have gained essential insights into current and future trends in the food sector following a trip to a major culinary-focused trade show.
The Source Trade Show, held at Westpoint Exhibition Centre in Exeter, gave professional cookery students at Cornwall College Saltash, the chance to explore the latest innovation in a food sector that is worth £2.6 billion annually and boasts more than 2,200 businesses and over 60,000 employees in the South West.
The group were tasked with exploring the variety and types of food available and researching local producers as the trip forms part of their theory assignment which encourages students to explore future food trends and design their own restaurant and menu.
Former Marine Academy student Cory McNeil, who is taking the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery at the college, said he found one of the biggest trends was “gluten free food and drink, from cake products to meat products such as burgers and sausages”.
“We also found there was a slightly smaller trend in herbs and micro herbs with many different taste, textures and sensations on your tongue,” he continued.
“Going to the show was a great experience. Level 3 is all about evaluating and current trends so this was the perfect opportunity to use those skills.”
The show, with over 210 exhibitors, is a great opportunity to meet key South West, UK and international food and drink producers, as well as service providers, according to Team Lead for Hospitality and Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, Chris Penk.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our chefs to explore new trends within the industry and meet the passionate producers face to face,” he continued.
“Obviously sampling all the products is an added bonus.”