Beth Druce – guest blogger part 1
When I first visited Fifteen nearly ten years ago, I, like so many was drawn by the food. Whilst Cornwall had long been renowned for its fantastic fish and seafood restaurants, the concept of a modern Italian menu that used the best of what this part of the UK produced felt new, fresh and wildly different to anything else on offer; a factor that holds true almost a decade later.
Yet what I quickly came to realise is that Fifteen Cornwall is about so much more than great food. It’s a far-reaching infrastructure that’s proved instrumental in nurturing local, sustainable food producers in Cornwall; alongside the evolution of food culture in the county as a whole. Consequently, I felt there were stories to be told, stories that gave an insight into what happens before the food arrives on our plates. Whether its the preparation of fresh pasta in the restaurant kitchen, the local bread makers who bake overnight or a visit to a vegetable grower to watch seeds sewn in faith bearing fruit.
Over the next few months I’ll be documenting the people and places that underpin Fifteen Cornwall, telling their stories and understanding how they are slowly forming the backbone of sustainable food culture in this part of the world.