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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Peter’s a sizzling success

CELEBRITY chef Peter Sidwell proved that you can never have too much on your plate at the launch of his new West Cumberland sausage.

By Lucy Grosvenor

The sausage has been created to celebrate the announcement of Whitehaven’s first West Lakes Home and Garden Show in May.

The show is one of a number of key events taking place in the town throughout the year, organised by Gerard Richardson and Whitehaven Festival Company, supported by NMP. It will feature experts from the world of cookery, gardening and home.

Peter Sidwell, from Brigham, near Cockermouth, is one of the judges on ITV’s daytime show Britain’s Best Bakery, and said: “I am a West Cumbrian chef and I have been waiting such a long time to be asked by Gerard to join in with Whitehaven’s festivals. I am excited to be a part of it.

“Food brings people together and that’s what I want from this sausage and for the home and garden show.”

The West Cumberland sausage was launched at The Rum Story, Lowther Street, and contains Jefferson’s Rum, along with raisins, mustard, thyme and parsley.

“I made the sausage to incorporate Jefferson’s Rum,” said Peter. “It is the biggest gastronomical connection in West Cumbria.”

Peter tries to create food that people can get excited about. He said: “Very often West Cumbria is overshadowed by the Lake District but we have so many wonderful producers and suppliers in the area that shouldn’t be overshadowed, this really is a meat product to be proud of.”

The Rum Story courtyard was full, as people sampled Peter’s new product. There was barely time to put the sausages into buns before they were being snaffled up!

Peter, the executive chef for Rheged Discovery Centre, added: “Britain makes good sausage and this one is all about flavour, as well as having character and province. There is nothing stopping it standing shoulder to shoulder with the world famous Cumberland variety.

“I would love the butchers of this region to want it and serve it to their customers.”

Mr Richardson said: “I am so thrilled that Peter is giving his time to this project and the show.

“We have so many great opportunities for the people of Whitehaven in the next few months.

“Mark my words, this time next year no one will mind that the festival was cancelled. We are not a dead town – we are coming back fighting and will be bigger and better than ever!”

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