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Starting the Year Vegan-friendly

Starting the Year Vegan-friendly

Posted by Nick on 30th Nov 2021

Move over basted turkey, pigs in blankets and honey-glazed ham, because just seven days after sitting down to a traditional Christmas feast, attention quickly turns to Veganuary. A whole month dedi … read more
Lifting Lunchtime Trade

Lifting Lunchtime Trade

Posted by Stelios on 21st Nov 2021

Lunchtime trade has taken a kicking over the last 18 months as Covid had people working from home and turning to homemade lunches or treating the family in the evening instead. The grey pound, whic … read more
Athena B Inspired by Ceres Support

Athena B Inspired by Ceres Support

Posted by Emily on 1st Nov 2021

What started as a recommendation to use Ceres Natural Batter Mix has resulted in a journey of discovery for Athena B in Portslade, Brighton. Matthew Konen and his mum Mary took the lease back … read more
Head to Head: Kate Nicholls, U.K Hospitality

Head to Head: Kate Nicholls, U.K Hospitality

Posted by Stelios on 14th Oct 2021

This week, UKHospitality stepped up pressure on the Government to retain the current 12.5% VAT rate for hospitality long-term by launching its #VATsEnough campaign. We caught up with CEO Kate Nicho … read more
Head to Head: Andrew Crook, National Federation of Fish Friers

Head to Head: Andrew Crook, National Federation of Fish Friers

Posted by Stelios on 28th Sep 2021

With The NFFF helping to lead a campaign to bring about VAT reform, we quizzed President Andrew Crook on the key requests, what he hopes to achieve and what he thinks is the most likely outcome. We … read more
​The Ceres Podcast: Celebrating a Milestone of 100 Episodes

​The Ceres Podcast: Celebrating a Milestone of 100 Episodes

Posted by Emily on 27th Jul 2021

This month, we recorded our 100th Ceres podcast episode, and I’m blown away when I look back at the calibre of the guests we’ve featured. When I started the podcasts two years ago, they focu … read more
​Navigating the Mind: Keeping the U.K.’s Hospitality Industry Happy and Healthy

​Navigating the Mind: Keeping the U.K.’s Hospitality Industry Happy and Healthy

Posted by Emily on 1st May 2021

A Fresh Start As cafés, restaurants, and hotels across the U.K. opened their doors again, the excitement of returning to work was tinged with anxiety. Many employees returned after nearly … read more
​Tesco Fined a Record £7.56 Million for Selling Out-of-Date Food.

​Tesco Fined a Record £7.56 Million for Selling Out-of-Date Food.

Posted by Stelios on 3rd Mar 2021

On 19 April 2021, Tesco Stores Limited faced a significant £7.56 million penalty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court for 22 instances of selling out-of-date food at three outlets between 2016 and 2017 … read more
​Street food meets fish and chips

​Street food meets fish and chips

Posted by Emily on 2nd Mar 2021

Located in Southbourne, Bournemouth, just a few hundred yards from the beach, Ricky’s isn’t your average chippy. But then again, owner Ricky Knowlton isn’t your average fish frier. Building on … read more
Delivery Aggregators Unwrapped – 2021 Update

Delivery Aggregators Unwrapped – 2021 Update

Posted by Stelios on 2nd Mar 2021

The world is significantly transforming how people buy and consume food. Modern consumers are more likely to order fast food while sitting at home watching Bridgerton on Netflix than they are to co … read more
​Burton Road Chippy Finds a New Home

​Burton Road Chippy Finds a New Home

Posted by Emily on 1st Feb 2021

Confronted with a steep 17% hike in rent coupled with the mandatory shuttering of their restaurant due to the COVID-19 crisis, Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln opted for relocation last summer. Lesley … read more
​James Lant: The Genius Behind The English Indian

​James Lant: The Genius Behind The English Indian

Posted by Emily on 27th Jan 2021

Birmingham-based street food vendor The English Indian puts an Asian twist on a very British classic From one pop-up gazebo working festivals and food halls in and around Birmingham five years ag … read more
​How to Be a Great Podcast Guest

​How to Be a Great Podcast Guest

Posted by Stelios on 1st Jan 2021

The art of interviewing is a popular topic, but what about the art of being interviewed? While the role may feel more passive, it's just as active as the interviewer's.These tips for a memorable (in a … read more
​Grains of Contention: The India-Pakistan EU Basmati Dispute

​Grains of Contention: The India-Pakistan EU Basmati Dispute

Posted by Stelios on 4th Nov 2020

India's move to attain geographical indication (GI) status for its basmati rice in the EU has stoked tensions with Pakistan. This latest development intensifies the already delicate relations be … read more
​From Sea to Table: Longsands Secret to Perfect Fishcakes

​From Sea to Table: Longsands Secret to Perfect Fishcakes

Posted by Emily on 30th Jun 2020

Longsands Fish Kitchen serves an array of daily changing fish in its Tynemouth seafood restaurant and a consistent menu of chip shop staples in the takeaway. Some of its most popular dishes are the … read more
Episode 48: ​James Ritchie bosses it at Stroud

Episode 48: ​James Ritchie bosses it at Stroud

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2020

Although James Ritchie’s plans for the first fish and chip shop he bought with his ex-wife Bonny was to own it for a couple of years and sell it on, it quickly became their baby and resulted in the … read more
​The Bearded Sailor: Sailing Towards Sustainability

​The Bearded Sailor: Sailing Towards Sustainability

Posted by Emily on 29th Feb 2020

Four years ago, Alex Papaioannou traded his chalk and blackboard for batter mix and haddock, fulfilling his ambitions by launching The Bearded Sailor in Pudsey, West Leeds. Far from being just anot … read more
​Episode 45: Mulling things over with John Molnar

​Episode 45: Mulling things over with John Molnar

Posted by Emily on 29th Feb 2020

Spurred on by his dad telling him he would never be a better chef than him, it’s probably fair to say John Molnar can lay that ghost to rest. Not only has he held various top cheffing position … read more
​Andrew Calleja, the visionary behind Clopton Catch, champions one belief: Quality above all else.

​Andrew Calleja, the visionary behind Clopton Catch, champions one belief: Quality above all else.

Posted by Emily on 25th Feb 2020

‘Fresh food comes to those who wait’ is the ethos at Clopton Catch in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and owner Andrew Calleja is so proud of it that he’s had it emblazoned in huge lettering acr … read more
 Bespoke Touch: Beyond the Ordinary at Krispies

Bespoke Touch: Beyond the Ordinary at Krispies

Posted by Emily on 29th Jan 2020

Krispies in Exmouth, Devon, prides itself on serving top quality food, whether from the takeaway or its newly opened click-and-collect and delivery shop, and its owners, Kelly and Tim Barnes, are m … read more
​Lets Get Technical

​Lets Get Technical

Posted by Stelios on 1st Jan 2020

We have compiled a guide to help you get the best audio quality on the day of your podcast recording. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.What Screen - It's best to use a … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Capers

​Ingredient Glossary: Capers

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Capers are petite, brined flower buds with a unique salty character. Learn how to choose the finest ones and integrate them into your recipes. But be aware that they may be small but full of flavou … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Parmesan

​Ingredient Glossary: Parmesan

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

This is a robustly flavoured Italian matured hard cheese and a favourite addition to pasta dishes and many more. Learn about Parmesan's PDO credentials, how to select the finest quality, and what r … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Quinoa

​Ingredients Glossary: Quinoa

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Quinoa? Quinoa consists of tiny, bead-like seeds, which are more commonly categorised alongside grains. These seeds sprout a tiny tail when cooked and boast a subtly nutty flavour as w … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quince

​Ingredient Glossary: Quince

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

The dual forms of quince, resembling both apples and pears, provide an evident hint towards their closely related fruits. When mature, quinces emanate a strong fragrance and boast a sleek, golden-y … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Beansprouts

​Ingredients Glossary: Beansprouts

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What are Beansprouts? The two most prevalent beansprouts are the green-topped mung bean and the larger, yellow-topped soya bean. Often regarded as a primary, somewhat mystical ingredient, bean sp … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quark

​Ingredient Glossary: Quark

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Quark? Quark is a soft, velvety curd cheese with a pleasingly light tartness. It varies from low-fat versions made from skimmed milk to richer varieties enhanced with cream. Traditionally … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Beetroot

​Ingredient Glossary: Beetroot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Beetroot? Once a staple in 1970s British salads where it was typically cooked and pickled in vinegar, beetroot is a vibrant root vegetable with a deep purple exterior and a rich pink t … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quail

​Ingredient Glossary: Quail

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Quails? Initially indigenous to the Middle East, quails are now widespread across Europe. These small birds typically serve one person as a starter dish; for a main course, you would … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Anchovy

​Ingredient Glossary: Anchovy

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Commonly sold in tins or jars, anchovies bring a savoury, umami touch to various sauces and dressings. Here's your comprehensive purchasing guide for storing, preparing, and cooking this versatile … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Agar-Agar

​Ingredient Glossary: Agar-Agar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Comparable in texture to jelly, agar-agar serves as a setting agent for terrines, custards, and creams. Learn how to buy, store, and prepare dishes using agar-agar. Originally discovered in Ja … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Tahini

​Ingredient Glossary: Tahini

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Tahini, a paste crafted from ground sesame seeds, is more than a mere auxiliary ingredient; it stands tall as a sauce and condiment in its own right. Often overshadowed by the likes of chickpe … read more
Ingredient Glossary: ​Arrowroot

Ingredient Glossary: ​Arrowroot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Arrowroot powder serves as a versatile starch substitute for cornflour. It's particularly effective for thickening liquids and is the go-to choice for creating transparent jellies. While its use in … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Asparagus

​Ingredient Glossary: Asparagus

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Asparagus? A cultivated lily plant yields the young shoots known as Asparagus, a delicacy vegetable. These shoots have a unique, potent, savoury flavour and are relatively expensive. T … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Hen Eggs

Ingredient Glossary: Hen Eggs

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Eggs? Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, rich in protein and 18 essential vitamins and minerals. They are incredibly versatile in cooking, serving as binding agents and flavour enhancers … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Banana

​Ingredient Glossary: Banana

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Originating from what is believed to be the Arabic word for 'finger', 'banan', bananas have comfortably claimed the title of the most sought-after tropical fruit worldwide. There's a delightful arr … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Asafoetida

Ingredient Glossary: Asafoetida

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Asafoetida? Asafoetida is a resinous gum derived from a species of giant fennel, and it is well-known for its intensely pungent aroma, akin to decaying garlic. It is an invaluable spice f … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Mincemeat

​Ingredient Glossary: Mincemeat

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Mincemeat? A quintessential component in Christmas mince pies, mincemeat also lends well to year-round baking. Originating as an age-old concoction of dried fruits, ground almonds, spi … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Bamboo Shoots

​Ingredients Glossary: Bamboo Shoots

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Originating from the heart of Asia, bamboo shoots are the tender offshoots of various bamboo species. Before consumption, it's imperative to cook them comprehensively, as many contain toxins that c … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Baking Powder

Ingredient Glossary: Baking Powder

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Baking powder acts as a leavening agent frequently utilised in the world of baking, particularly in the creation of cakes. Its core components include bicarbonate of soda (an alkali) and cream of t … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Basil

​Ingredient Glossary: Basil

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Basil, though commonly linked with Mediterranean cuisine, has made significant inroads into Asian culinary traditions. This aromatic herb is cherished for its captivating, sweet scent and robust fl … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Balsamic Vinegar

​Ingredient Glossary: Balsamic Vinegar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Authentic Balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, situated in Emilia Romagna, Italy. It is meticulously crafted using grape must (juice) that undergoes a reduction process, followed by fermentation. Su … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Bavette

​Ingredient Glossary: Bavette

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Bavette? Bavette is the French term for flank steak. Similar to onglet, it is a loosely textured and flavourful flat cut. It's often referred to as the butcher's cut, as it's believed tha … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Dates

​Ingredient Glossary: Dates

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Dates are among the most ancient fruits ever to be cultivated. Dates were believed to be a fundamental component of the Babylonian diet nearly 8,000 years ago. Predominantly grown in North Africa a … read more
Ingredient Glossary: ​Dark Chocolate

Ingredient Glossary: ​Dark Chocolate

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Dark Chocolate? Dark chocolate refers to the glossy, dark-reddish brown confection made from the cacao bean, scientifically known as Theobroma cacao. It is commonly available as pre-fo … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Damson

Ingredient Glossary: Damson

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

A petite fruit featuring a vivid, dark blue hue, damsons resemble plums and belong to the rose family. They possess a substantial stone and are frequently juicy, although they are seldom consumed r … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Avocado

​Ingredient Glossary: Avocado

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is an Avocado? Although technically classified as a fruit, the mildly flavoured avocado is more commonly used as a vegetable. Originating from Central America, the primary types include t … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Aubergine

Ingredient Glossary: Aubergine

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What are Aubergines? Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the Aubergine is used as a vegetable. It's native to Southeast Asia but is grown worldwide, with many varieties. The … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Bacon

Ingredient Glossary: Bacon

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Etymology The term "bacon" traces its origins back to the early 14th century, describing meat taken from the back and sides of a pig. This meat could be fresh or cured, although it was particu … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Za'atar

​Ingredient Glossary: Za'atar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Za'atar is a renowned spice blend in Middle Eastern and Levantine cuisine. An Introduction to Za'atar Za'atar is transformative; once tasted, it's easy to see why it has become a staple in n … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Arborio Rice

​Ingredient Glossary: Arborio Rice

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Arborio Rice? Arborio is a variety of superfine rice originating from Italy, precisely one of the largest types within the short Italian rice variants in the species Oryza sativa japon … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Apricot

​Ingredient Glossary: Apricot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

A close cousin to the peach, nectarine, plum, and cherry, apricots exude a delightful aroma and soft, velvety skin ranging from a subtle yellow to a rich orange hue. The interior houses a large sto … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Sumac

​Ingredient Glossary: Sumac

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Description: A drupe that is sun-dried and ground Flavour Profile: Vibrant, citrusy, tart, floral Associated Cuisines: Native American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines such as Pale … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Amaranth

​Ingredient Glossary: Amaranth

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Amaranth is a versatile, protein-packed pseudo-cereal similar to quinoa, and it's distantly related to leafy greens like Swiss chard and spinach. The plant produces numerous seed heads, each yieldi … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Apple

​Ingredient Glossary: Apple

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Grown in temperate climates, apples are among the most extensively cultivated tree fruits. Over 7,000 varieties exist, many of which are produced in the UK. Nonetheless, a mere dozen or so types ar … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Almond

​Ingredient Glossary: Almond

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Almonds? Sweet almonds possess a delicate aroma that is well-suited for baking, and also complements fish and chicken dishes. Classic almond recipes include trout with almonds, Ba … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Aduki Bean

​Ingredient Glossary: Aduki Bean

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Aduki Beans? The Aduki Bean is a tiny, reddish-brown bean with a cream-coloured seam and sweet, nutty flavour. It is particularly popular in Asian cooking, often used for sweet dishes … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Agave Syrup

​Ingredient Glossary: Agave Syrup

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Is Agave Syrup? Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener akin in texture to honey, albeit slightly thinner. It's derived from various species of the aga … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Duck

​Ingredient Glossary: Duck

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Duck? Duck meat is rich and robust in flavour, offering a high nutritional value. It's a good source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, and iron. … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Udon Noodles

​Ingredient Glossary: Udon Noodles

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Udon Noodles? Udon noodles are a staple of Japanese cuisine, known for their thick, white, and somewhat ribbon-like appearance. These noodles are primarily crafted from strong white w … read more
​Packet Bridge Promotes Quality and Consistency

​Packet Bridge Promotes Quality and Consistency

Posted by Emily on 30th Nov 2019

Nine years ago, Cem Oktem took over Packet Bridge Fish & Chips in Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire, with his brother Cihan and their dad. With a lot of hard work and improvements, the shop is now workin … read more
Episode 33: From field to fryer with Stuart Mitchell

Episode 33: From field to fryer with Stuart Mitchell

Posted by Emily on 10th Nov 2019

Mitchell Potatoes can trace its roots back more than 400 years when the family were crofters - or small farmers - in Bathgate, Edinburgh. A deal with a duke, who happened to be one of the biggest l … read more
Episode 32: Mitch talks Rockfish & The Seahorse

Episode 32: Mitch talks Rockfish & The Seahorse

Posted by Emily on 31st Oct 2019

Sitting in The Seahorse in Dartmouth, waiting for Mitch to turn up, you can see why this 40-cover, Italian-inspired restaurant is one-of-a-kind. Priced at the slightly higher end of the seafood spe … read more
Episode 27: ​Behind the Scenes with Amanda Afiya

Episode 27: ​Behind the Scenes with Amanda Afiya

Posted by Emily on 27th Sep 2019

During her time as editor at leading hospitality and catering magazine The Caterer, and in her current roles where she provides PR and consultancy services to chefs, restaurants and hotels, Amanda … read more
Episode 7: ​Loren lays it on the line

Episode 7: ​Loren lays it on the line

Posted by Jamie on 31st Jan 2019

As commercial officer at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Loren Hiller is hugely passionate about eradicating unsustainable fishing, which she says has tripled over the past 40 years. She fi … read more
​Episode 6: Craig Buckley's Vision for the Future of Fish and Chips

​Episode 6: Craig Buckley's Vision for the Future of Fish and Chips

Posted by Emma on 26th Jan 2019

From humble beginnings in a local gastropub to becoming a recognised figure in the fish and chips industry, Craig Buckley's journey is a masterclass in passion, perseverance, and the pursuit of exc … read more
​Episode 5: Phil Vickery's Journey of Passion and Purpose

​Episode 5: Phil Vickery's Journey of Passion and Purpose

Posted by Emma on 5th Jan 2019

In an episode that unfolds like a seasoned dish, blending the rich flavours of experience, passion, and innovation, Phil Vickery invites us into his world beyond the glare of TV lights. In this wor … read more
Episode 4: Stelios steps up to the mic

Episode 4: Stelios steps up to the mic

Posted by Emily on 23rd Dec 2018

A born talker, a food enthusiast and MD of Ceres, Stelios Theocharous turns the microphone on himself to explain the inspiration behind his podcasts and how he spends his time when he’s not worki … read more
​Episode 3: Thomas Colombo, the Maestro of Mixology on a Global Stage

​Episode 3: Thomas Colombo, the Maestro of Mixology on a Global Stage

Posted by Emma on 23rd Dec 2018

In the heart of Italy, where the azure waters of Lake Garda lap against verdant shores, a story of passion, creativity, and cultural bridging through the art of mixology begins. Thomas Colombo, a n … read more
​Episode 2: Charting the Future of Fish and Chips with Andrew Crook

​Episode 2: Charting the Future of Fish and Chips with Andrew Crook

Posted by Emma on 18th Dec 2018

In the  latest episode of the Ceres Podcast, host Stelios sits down with Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), for a deep dive into the heart of Britain's … read more
Episode 1: ​Making his Mark

Episode 1: ​Making his Mark

Posted by Emma on 25th Nov 2018

Many of you probably already know Mark Petrou from one of his many guises: co-owner of Petrou Brothers in Chatteris, Cambridge; founder of Chippy Chat magazine and its online forum, the latter of w … read more