UK's Most Prestigious Chef Competition To Host Vegan Cooking Challenge - Using Quorn Products

Chefs need to learn about diverse protein sourced to meet changing consumer taste
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Consumer tastes are changing - and chefs must keep up (Photo: Thomas Marban)

Consumer tastes are changing - and chefs must keep up (Photo: Thomas Marban)

This year's Hotelympia's International Salon Culinaire will host a Vegan Challenge - with chefs using Quorn products.

As part of the challenge, competitors will have 30 minutes to produce two plated portions of a vegan dish, hot or cold, starter or main course.

Judges will be looking for 'a balance of flavours and tastes and the level of skill used in the competition'.

Chefs will also need to provide a typed recipe for the judges to review.

Engaged

Global Head of Foodservice, QSR and Company Ambassador at Quorn Foods, Tony Davison, said: "Consumers are becoming more engaged and enlightened about the environmental impact of what ends up on their plate.

"This means that chefs need to look for and learn how to cook with a more diverse selection of sustainably sourced ingredients.

"By supporting Hotelympia’s Vegan Challenge, we’re creating an opportunity for chefs to experiment with ingredients they may not have used before, but will need to get more and more familiar with in order to satisfy consumer demand. "

Quorn makes a range of plant-based products (Photo: Quorn)

Quorn makes a range of plant-based products (Photo: Quorn)

Non-traditional

Davison said he knows Quorn isn't a 'traditional' ingredient for chefs.

He added: "But, we know from experience that chefs with creative imaginations and an openness to experimentation can do amazing things with Quorn ingredients."

Food security and helping chefs understand protein diversity is a significant part of Quorn Foods’ chef education programme, planned for 2018.