It truly felt like the hottest day of summer on Monday and we were thrilled when all the chefs rocked up with berries and light summery tastes. Trevor is the Exec Chef for Sodexo Prestige who are Perth Racecourse's catering partner; it may suprise you to know that as a large multi-site operator Sodexo is passionate about using local produce and Trevor is a huge fan of Perthshire Produce!
When we asked him if there was anyway he could duck out of the kitchen to join in a Small City Recipes Cook Demo on a busy race day we thought he might be pushed to pull something local and seasonal and easy to prep out of his big chef's hat! However, the sun shone and Trevor produced the lightest of desserts using local strawberries and drizzle of honey from Scarletts (my fave!) which he picked up from Perth Farmers' Market who were there on the day.
As a wee aside, if you've never treated yourself to hospitality at the races you really should give it a go! It is easily restaurant quality food in a big, fun environment. Like all good chefs, Trevor understands that buying what’s in season locally not only benefits the local community and environment, but also the customers. You will be truly amazed I promise!
Please do try this out at home - you should get strawberries for another two or three weeks easily but as Gill said, you can always swap them in for brambles! Leave your comments here to let us know how you served yours. You can also share your photographs and ideas with us. We'd love to see them. As always, tag them #PerthLoveFest and we'll scatter them around our own social media.
Nicki XBy Nicola Martin