Edible Ornamentals crowned East Anglian Local Food Hero 2009

by Hot Juan on December 2, 2009 · 0 comments

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Chilli experts, Shawn and Joanna Plumb of Edible Ornamentals have been crowned East Anglian Local Food Hero 2009. The title is awarded by the popular Good Food Television’s ‘Market Kitchen’ programme for businesses that provide the very best in quality produce, excellence in customer service, commitment and passion for their products, and have a strong connection to their local area.

Shawn and Joanna Plumb of Edible Ornamentals

Joanna Plumb with Matt Tebbutt, Celebrity Chef from the show

Food lovers across the nation were asked to nominate their favourite growers, farm shops or restaurants that met these criteria. Joanna and Shawn beat off stiff competition from 10 other East Anglian businesses and now compete with the other 9 regional winners in the TV programme’s grand final for the chance to be named National Local Food Hero 2009.

“We felt quite honoured that out customers put us forward for this award, and being voted East Anglia’s Local Food Hero is recognition of our passion for chillies and good wholesome fresh produce.” commented Joanna. “Bedfordshire is the chilli capital of the UK and I hope that appearing on the show will encourage more people to use fresh chillies and add a new dimension to their cooking.”

Shawn and Joanna began growing chillies in 2001, and in 2004 developed their own range of gourmet chilli sauces. As well as selling their produce to a growing band of loyal chilli aficionados from all over the country, they also supply their local Waitrose store and Morrisons stores in the Eastern region as well as leading London restaurants. Their appearance on the Good Food Channel is the latest in a series of TV appearances including ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and ‘Economy Gastronomy’. Joanna has also been a guest on Radio 4’s “You and Yours”, Radio 2’s “Chris Evans Show” and is a regular contributor on BBC 3 Counties radio.

The winner of the Local Food hero 2009 will be announced on the Market Kitchen Show on 11 December.
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