>> As we come to the end of another amazing year, we’re bringing you a bumper issue of Stir it up, looking fondly back at some of the highlights of 2017, as well as providing inspiration and food for thought for the coming year.
We are, of course, feeling very festive, and showcase the latest Christmas launches from Country Range, along with advice on celebration drinks courtesy of UK Bartenders Guild president Luca Cordiglieri. Luca’s informative 'Raise the Bar' columns have been a wonderful asset to the magazine this year, and we’re thrilled that he’s agreed to do it all again next year!
We also take a look at the fabulous Yuletide operation at Country Range customer the Culloden Hotel in Belfast – and have an in-depth feature on the hotel sector in general on page 13.
November 30 marks the final closing date for entries into the Country Range Student Chef Challenge so I would urge all chef lecturers who haven’t done so already to register their teams. 2016 Challenge winner Emily Bucknall, who has just secured her dream job working for top chef Sat Bains, is the author of our Five Ways on page 31 and is testament to the success that winning this prestigious competition can bring.
Finally, it’s a very ‘Mary Christmas’ as national treasure Mary Berry is our final Leading Light of the year (page 44).
Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous festive season!
SIU EDITOR Janine Nelson