Celebrity chef at Coffs Coast table
NATIONAL treasure, celebrity chef and author Christine Manfield was the star guest at a pot-luck dinner hosted by The Cheesemaking Workshop and Deli.
Tasting the wares of top food producers and growers from the Coffs Coast, Christine said Coffs locals were fortunate because they could see the source of their food and visit producers within a 15-minute drive of the CBD.
"It's all about using food that's local and seasonal and really supporting our producers and farmers,” she said.
The dinner featured the wares of local producers who are joining to form the Coffs Coast Food Collective.
The collective, supported by the council, already has about 40 industry members, including restaurateurs, farmers and growers, devoted to working together to free up the Coffs food supply chain, raise awareness of local food, cut food miles, minimise the use of farming chemicals and create a culinary identity for the region.
Also present at the table on the night was Troy Blackman, of Waterfall Produce, Darren Smith and Alice Williams, of New Life Farm in Sapphire Beach, Graham Jones, from Beckham Park farm, Anna Lane and Joshua Cook, from the Fishermen's Co-op, providore Don Cummings, Popla Bellingen as well as food photographer Jay Black, of And the Trees Photography.
"All the food had such great flavour, the subtropical environment here is a real microcosm,” Christine said.
"It's very rich and quite diverse.
"I was especially blown away by the fabulous vision and the focus that the three farmers at the table had. It gives you great hope for the future.
"If everyone who grew food was that committed and that caring, we'd be in a much better place.”