May Stiritup Magazine


We’re absolutely “buzzing” about this issue of Stir it up!

With World Bee Day taking place later this month (May 20), it’s important to remember the vital role these fuzzy little insects play in the
global food chain. Bees are the most important pollinator of food crops and it’s estimated that a third
of the food we consume relies on pollination.

Alarmingly, one third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the last decade. One solution is to encourage people to keep
their own hives – and caterers are in an ideal position to do this, not to mention enjoying the culinary benefits.

Margaret Wilson, chair of the British Beekeepers Association, tells everything you need to know about beekeeping on page 17. Once
you’ve harvested your honey, the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Andrew Green shares five recipe ideas with honey as the key ingredient
(page 21).

We’ve also been creating a buzz on the competition scene with the final of the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge,
which took place in Glasgow. Find out who scooped the top accolade and see the amazing young talent in our special four-page pullout.

Dementia is a condition affecting a growing number of our ageing population and it’s important for caterers to understand how to
deal with customers who are living with this debilitating illness. Our Category Focus (page 14) provides advice and support for
caterers in all sectors of foodservice.

Finally, with burgers topping the nation’s list of favourite handheld snacks, our Melting Pot this month provides some inspirational
ideas for perfect patties.

Keep creating stir – and please complete your Reader Survey for your chance to win £250 in Amazon vouchers.

Janine Nelson

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Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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