Overwhelming Response to Exeter’s Food Entrepreneur Search
Fledgling foodies in and around Exeter have risen to the ‘Find a Foodie’ challenge launched by Queen St to discover the ‘next big thing’ in food, taking the first step closer to being part of culinary revolution right in the heart of Exeter city centre.
The call for entries to discover an entrepreneur, an individual or a team with an enterprising idea, a signature dish or an innovative food product was launched in line with this year’s Exeter Food Festival at the end of April.
Bowled Over by Variety
The team behind Find a Foodie and the development of the £12m culinary hub at Queen St have been met by tidal wave of interest from those who feel they have the energy and drive to bring their foodie ideas to a wider audience at the much anticipated dining quarter.
Organisers have been truly bowled over by the variety of creative enterprises covering a whole range of flavours, tastes and techniques in the first tranche of Find a Foodie entries.
Some of the expressions of interests received so far include foodies specialising in Devon crab, vegan ice cream, sushi, southern Italian dishes, cupcakes and bakes, locally sourced fine dining, superfoods, hummus, macaroni cheese, stuffed rolls, Mexican dishes andlocally sourced burgers. Each entrant hoping they have what it takes to become the Queen St Foodie.
Eyes on the Prize
The entrants have all been inspired to enter by the ‘Find a Foodie’ impressive package of support, which includes:
– A purpose built kiosk to trade from free of charge in Queen St, for 3 months
– Branding advice and identity development from a leading premium brand agency
– Marketing/PR planning and support from the agencies launching Queen St
– A free advertising package to assist launch the venture
– Mentoring from a successful food entrepreneur
– Free legal, finance and business advice from Exeter based practices and high street bank
Got a Recipe for Success? Still Time to Enter
There is still time to enter Find a Foodie, you can register your interest at queenst-exeter.com up until the end of the day on Monday 11 July 2016.
Entrants will be shortlisted by an especially selected expert panel, made up of business and food industry judges. Those selected will be invited to showcase their menus and products and compete against other entrants during the summer at the Queen St. Street Food Markets, where the general public will get to vote for their favourites in a taste test round.
The winner will then receive the life changing opportunity to trade for 3 month’s free of charge, with expert advice and support from business mentors, marketing and branding, legal and finance and overall promotion of the Queen St dining quarter.
Queen St still want to hear from more people, between now and the 11 July 2016, who think they have or know someone that could become the ‘next big thing’ in food.
Fully open by the end of August, the Queen St line up is Absurd Bird, Comptoir Libanais, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Grillstock, KuPP, The Stable, The Terrace and Turtle Bay. The dining quarter also has wonderful and welcoming new open air spaces designed especially for food events, markets and entertainment.
Just some entrants so far include:
Big Bakes Bakery run by Charlie Deeley and Ryan Bolton from Torquay.
Make artisan cupcakes, cakes, biscuits and bakes.
Twitter: @BigBakesBakery / Instagram: @bigbakesbakery
Richenza’s run by Sam Warren from Farringdon, near Exeter,
Signature dish is Devon crab salad with ginger, chilli and coriander, served with his own smoked mackerel on a bed of rocket and bruschetta, garnished with langoustine bisque dressing. All ingredients are locally sourced, including the wood for the charcoal.
Simushi Sushi run by Peter Simmons from Exeter
Makes Sushi which is sold from the trailer at local events and by home delivery. http://www.simushisushi.co.uk/
Mindyourfood run by Sophie Lloyd from Exeter
Mindyourfood aims to encourage awareness of mental health by providing a menu which is rich in brain foods.
Pickle Shack run by Jodie Sawatzki and Josh McDonald-Johnson near Woodbury Salterton near Exeter. Local produce, fine dining at pop-up restaurants including weddings and corporate events. www.pickleshack.co.uk
Nice n Cheesy run by Caroline Lee
Gourmet macaroni cheese dishes including signature dish, Greek pasticcio – a lightly spiced lamb mince with tomato sauce, layered with macaroni cheese.
Taco-Macho Food run by Gustavo Lara-Perez from Exeter
Mexican burritos with various fillings, including beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian varieties using local ingredients.