New vegan UK business debuts this week
How would you like to be one of the first people in the UK to experience delicious handcrafted vegan food from a new UK business?
Get along to the Kent Vegan Festival (Saturday May 7, 2016) this weekend to meet talented chef and all round fabulous person, Steph Hinton.
Steph is about to launch her very own vegan deli but before she does, she is serving up mouthwatering aged cheese, raw cakes, succulent pulled jackfruit wraps, meat free sausage and much more this weekend at the festival.
I asked Steph to give us a little insight into what people can expect from her food stand this weekend, as well as her food philosophy that will power her 100% vegan deli when it opens later this year in Kent.
Here is what she had to say:
“I have been a qualified chef for just over 15 years now. I have travelled and worked around the world including top restaurants in New Zealand, Australia & the UK. I have worked for John Torode & Jamie Oliver (not that I like admitting that now!). I was originally trained as a pastry chef but have also learned all other culinary techniques including butchery and cheese making.
I became vegan through working at Fortify Café and worked closely with James to veganise the eatery. I now have a huge passion for vromage (vegan cheeze – you can’t take the chef-iness out of me!) and after finding out I have a severe gluten intolerance, my focus has shifted to inventing my own range of gluten free meat substitutes and breads.
My business will be a start up vegan catering company that is 100% gluten & refined sugar free, with the end goal of growing into a gourmet delicatessen that utilises organic ethical goods and ingredients wherever possible while working to a low waste ethos. I will be making healthy and wholesome food that tastes like you are ‘cheating’. My aim is to show people that free from vegan food can not only be accessible and affordable, but bloody tasty too!”
I can’t wait to see how her artisan deli business develops over the coming months and I would love to see food photos from anyone fortunate enough to eat with Steph this weekend at the Kent Vegan Festival. You can find out all the details of the event and RSVP on Facebook.
Now, just for fun, here are some photos of the Kent Vegan Festival from last year.