In keeping with The Egg Award's ethos of supporting the highest quality sustainable produce, this feature is about the 'Extra Virgin' Olive Oil Conference 2013 taking place in Manchester on the 18th and 19th of June this year.
This is the very first time the winners of the prestigious Italian Ercole Olivario competition are being ushered North of London to provide Trade and Public alike with direct access to the winners and their sensational produce.
Not only will the winning olive oil producers be available throughout a two day conference being held at the magnificent Gorton Monastery in Manchester, but flying over with them is a wealth of knowledge from the top Italian olive oil and food sector specialists. Italian Michelin star chefs will accompany them and our own UK Chefs; Nigel Haworth and Graham Cambell, both with stars to their names, have endorsed the need for this conference.
Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi, the hosts of the event, own one of the top authentic Italian restaurants in the UK. They have a resolute passion for bringing more traditional Italian food production methods to the North West and UK as a whole.
They use top quality local and British ingredients, and ‘Mile Zero’ their aim for food miles. "I am constantly inundated with fellow chefs asking me to help them in their search for top quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Too many wholesalers and so called ‘specialist importers’, are not supplying the best quality available."
"This is simply due in the main, to a lack of knowledge on all parts, and also to being won over on price by companies in Europe who have bigger marketing budgets than the smaller, artisan producers, hence the need for this conference" - Maurizio Bocchi, Chef Patron, La Locanda.
Earlier in the year, Cinzia was awarded the Premio Lekythos by Ercole Olivario, a lifetime award for the person who has significantly promoted Italian Olive Oil outside of Italy. This brought further support for the conference by the Italian Government’s own HO.RE.CA project.
If this is not enough to tickle the taste buds, then maybe taking in the splendid five course, Italian tasting Gala Dinner Night, may encourage ‘salivation’? This will be held in the monastery on the Tuesday. Hosted by the conferences Chefs; Maurizio Bocchi, Graham Campbell, Filippo la Mantia and Graziano Cominelli, with Guest Speakers none other than Paul Griffiths DL, The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, who boasts 40 years in the food industry himself, and Stefano Vaccari – General Director of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture.
To find out more about the speakers, the agenda, information on the gala dinner and to book tickets (which are at an astoundingly low price given the content of this event) visit www.oliveoilconference.co.uk