>>We’ve got a ‘spring’ in our step here at Stir it up HQ, as we welcome the new season and, with it, lighter nights offering more reasons to venture out.
The biggest of all catering occasions is Mother’s Day, which takes place at the end of this month, and we’ve got lots of ideas to help you make the most of this lucrative opportunity on page 8.
British Pie Week is another key event on the catering calendar this month, and our Melting Pot on page 26 features lots of great recipe suggestions from “pie-eyed” experts!
We’re thrilled to have US rapper/legend Snoop Dogg as our cover star this issue and he shares his signature dish on page 31 – plus we’ve got two copies of his new cookbook up for grabs in our Country Club competition on page 35.
Our new Green Gauge column (page 13) examines some of the small steps caterers can take to help reduce single-use plastics, and our Category Focus feature is all about non-foods and how best to equip the professional kitchen (page 14).
Save your bacon and head to page 25 to view five ingenious ways of using bacon from vice-chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and head judge of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge, Christopher Basten, and there’s lots of additional Food for Thought on page 43.
Keep creating a stir!
SIU EDITOR Janine Nelson