Chefs from some of the to tels and restaurants in Hampshire will be joining a panel to discuss key issues affecting the hospitality sector when they gather for the Business South Local Produce Show on 2nd February 2023.

Entering its 15th year, the popular event is a showcase for the very best of produce across the region and it is an opportunity for buyers including representatives from the cruise industry and hospitality to meet producers and sample their wares.

Chefs taking part in the panel discussion at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl will include:

• Andrew Gault, Executive Head Chef, Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst
• Phil Yeomans, Executive Head Chef, Lainston House Hotel, Winchester
• Steve Lewis, GM, Lainston House Hotel, Winchester
• Luke Matthews, Executive Head Chef, Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton
• Gordon Stott, Head Chef Proprietor, The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover
• Yvonne Hamlett, Executive Head Chef, The Tichborne Arms, Tichborne
• Simon Hartnett, Executive Chef, The Queens Hotel, Southsea
• Luke Holder, Executive Head Chef, Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest

Business South Group CEO, Leigh-Sara Timberlake, said: “This showcase event for local producers goes from strength to strength.

“With more interest than ever being given to provenance and buying local, the need for an event like the Local Produce Trade Show continues to grow and many of those who exhibit with us have done business with the cruise industry and buyers from hospitality.”

Sarah Guilder from Bay Leaves Larder in Chandlers Ford will be a speaker on the day discussing sustainability, eco issues and food waste.

And there will also be a special session for chefs organised by The Burnt Chef Project, raising mental health awareness in the hospitality sector.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, at Hampshire Fare, explained many of her members will be exhibiting and said the event has become a firm favourite in the calendars of local producers.

“The Local Produce Trade Show is a brilliant opportunity for producers to come together and show what a wealth of locally grown and produced items we have on our doorstep.

“Being able to speak directly to chefs and buyers is invaluable and over the years many long lasting business relationships have been built,” she said.

To find out more about the Local Produce Trade Show, visit the business South website 2nd February 2023 – Local Produce Trade Show (Buyers)

For highlights from the last Local Produce Trade Show held in 2021 – see our video here:

The Local Produce Trade Show is organised by Business South and supported by Carnival UK, Cavendish Ships Stores, Hampshire Fare, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Enterprise South and Surrey Hills Enterprises.