Eden and TV chef James Strawbridge launch extraordinary pasty range
The Eden Project has teamed up with TV chef James Strawbridge and a team of top local suppliers to create a range of truly extraordinary pasties.
The pasties were unveiled at Eden yesterday (Thursday) by James, wife Holly, James’s business partner Tom Larkin and Eden’s head chef Tony Trenerry. They will go on sale at Eden in time for the half-term holidays and ahead of the prestigious World Pasty Championships, which take place at Eden on March 1.
There are four pasties in the Eden Extraordinary range. Complementing the traditional steak pasty will be minted lamb and Cornish yoghurt, three Cornish cheeses and spicy three bean varieties.
The suppliers include Colwith Farm in Lostwithiel, who grow the potatoes, Davidstow, Whalesborough Cheese and Cornish Gouda Co., who make the cheeses, Kittows of Fowey, who are supplying the beef skirt and lamb shoulder, Trewithen Dairy, who make the butter and yoghurt, and a collection of Cornish farmers who are growing the swede (or turnip as it is known in Cornwall).
All the suppliers are based close to Eden and food entrepreneur James and his family live locally, near Fowey.
Eden, James and the suppliers are working with Crantock Bakery who will be making the pasties to the chef’s recipe and supplying them exclusively to Eden.
The team at Crantock Bakery, based in Indian Queens, combines craft bakery skills, quality ingredients and chef driven product development to deliver baked goods to companies across Cornwall and the rest of the UK.
Visitors to Eden’s third annual World Pasty Championships, which takes place on March 1, will be among the first to sample the extraordinary pasty range.
The top-quality ingredients will be showcased during the day and James will be making a special appearance on the main stage in the Mediterranean Biome with his father Dick, who is also his co-presenter on the popular ITV series Hungry Sailors.
James will be demonstrating how the new Eden extraordinary pasties are made, as well as competing against Dick (with some help from the audience) in the Great Cornish Crimp-off. James believes he is the world’s fastest pasty crimper while Dick will be using a mechanical crimping machine to see if he can keep up with the pace.
The Eden Extraordinary pasty range has just gone on sale from the project’s restaurants and cafes.
James said: "I'm incredibly excited about working with Eden on the extraordinary Eden pasty. We're working with suppliers of great local produce and have come up with something delicious and unique that sums up Eden's attitude to really good food.
"Showcasing Cornish produce in a unique pasty is a great way to celebrate Cornwall. We've got so many amazing artisan producers providing ingredients for a tasty, proper pasty - I think it's an absolute winner.
"Talking of winning, the World Pasty Championships are coming back on March 1 and what better time to showcase our great quality pasties? I'm going to be here on the day having a 'crimp off' with my dad and there will be workshops where people can come along and learn about making pasties."
Andrew Holden, Eden’s procurement director, said: “For many years, pasties have been one of the best-selling foods at Eden, home of the World Pasty Championships. We wanted to make ours extra special so we have teamed up with James Strawbridge and Crantock Bakery to develop these truly extraordinary pasties.”
The World Pasty Championships are open to amateurs, professionals, companies and juniors and entrants can submit traditional Cornish pasties as well as more outlandish creations. Entry costs £10 per adult category or £5 for the junior categories. This entitles the competitor and one guest to free entry to the Eden Project on the day of the competition.
Eden will be open until 9pm on the day of the World Pasty Championships with a programme including the “Oggy Oscars” awards ceremony and live music. Eden’s ice rink will also be open for the day with the last skating session starting at 8pm.
Confirmed entertainment for the day and evening includes ground-breaking lo-fi hip-hop duo Hedluv and Passman, melodic contemporary folk act Winter Mountain, Celtic three-piece Grapefruit Moon and Ben Sutcliffe, front man of eclectic local band The People’s String Foundation.
As well as music and entertainment throughout the day and evening, the World Pasty Championships will also feature workshops and masterclasses from renowned pasty experts, including a session on how to make the perfect pasty pastry from top chef Martin Chiffers, formerly of The Savoy in London. There will also be a session from top beer sommelier and Guardian journalist Sophie Atherton who will be giving tips on which beers to pair with your pasty.
This year’s World Pasty Championships will mark the start of Eden’s “Charity Begins in Cornwall” campaign, which will help ten small Cornish charities with their fundraising.
Eden is working in partnership with the Cornwall Community Foundation, who have chosen the charities, and Localgiving.com, who enable giving and donations to small local charities and community groups. The campaign will match donations up to a value of £20,000.
The Championships are backed by the Cornish Pasty Association after it won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish pasty last year. It means only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties.