Genuine Jersey has announced the winner of its “What’s on my plate?” competition, with a photo of a simple bowl of summer soup stealing the top prize. Pearl Cochrane (31) was awarded a £100 voucher to El Tico for her celebration of local produce, which she made into a spicy minestrone vegetable broth.
The social media competition held throughout June had over 100 entries capturing the best of Jersey’s seafood, fruit and vegetables and baked goods. Restaurants and food outlets also played along to support local farmers and producers, with JB’s Brewhouse, Kismet Cabana, La Bastille and La Mare Vineyards offering their customers a wide range of local delicacies.
John Garton, Chief Executive Officer at Genuine Jersey said: “The whole purpose of this competition was to get people questioning more where their meals come from. Given the option, did you or the restaurant choose to buy local and can you taste the difference? Our aim was to highlight that it can be easy to buy a lot more locally in order to support small businesses and our local economy.”
Pearl Cochrane said: “I was delighted to be chosen as the winner of this competition as I’m such a big foodie! I run a blog page called Pearl Eats on Instagram and I am always taking photos of all the glorious food and produce on offer in Jersey. It’s been really interesting to find out what is on offer locally and I will certainly be continuing my food tour of Jersey being mindful of this.”
Genuine Jersey will next be asking islanders to participate in the upcoming Eat Local Challenge which takes place at the end of August. The independent food challenge being run by Bethan Watkins is being supported by Genuine Jersey and asks participants to try to eat only local produce for one whole week.
The Genuine Jersey association is home to many local growers and farmers and is a firm advocate of quality Jersey produce. Look for the distinctive red logo when shopping for Genuine Jersey produce or ask food outlets what they are serving up that is local.