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Bring your own lunch sweeps the nation

Bring your own lunch sweeps the nation

The bring your own lunch (BYOL) concept is eating its way into the nation’s offices, with a massive 70% of office workers opting for a packed lunch to save money in the current climate.

According to a study commissioned by Nairn’s Oatcakes revealed today (Thursday 28th July) almost half of the packed lunch patrol feel their lunchtimes are stuck in a rut, and almost three quarters are hungry for more inspiration when it comes to lunch choices.

The research into the lunch habits of the UK revealed that:

· 44% of those questioned skip lunch at least once a week – which is a concern for 2 in every 5, who feel they should be making more of daily lunchtimes · It comes as no surprise that the days of ‘ladies who lunch’ has diminished and the results show that the average working lunch break is 25.9 minutes – that’s less than 2 hours per working week! · The majority of the country is eating ‘al desko’ and treating lunch as an additional action on the long to-do list

In a bid to save, lunchtimes have become short, sharp and stale – just like our meals – and as a result, the nation is crying out for more inspiration. Even when we do make time for lunch:

· The current ‘soggy sandwich’ doesn’t cut the mustard, with 53% finding the traditional sandwich doesn’t fill them up and 37% feeling hungry again after only two hours · 56% of us are too busy for lunch, yet 3 out of 5 of us wish we had more time for lunch · 76% state that they like to make the most of their lunchtime · 88% look to feel more naturally energised from their midday meal

As a result of the recent findings, Nairn’s is on a mission to naturally energise the working lunch and inject some inspiration into the lost lunch hour. Teaming up with TV’s Rachel Allen, Nairn’s will be giving tips on how to balance a busy lifestyle with a daily, nutritious yet exciting lunch routine.

Joined by renowned nutritionist and food consultant, Christine Bailey, and Scottish food ambassador Lady Claire Macdonald, Nairn’s has created delicious and nutritious recipe and topping ideas to help consumers feel naturally energised and keep them going for longer.

Recipe for success at Taste of Edinburgh 2011

Recipe for success at Taste of Edinburgh 2011

Organisers of Scotland’s biggest outdoor food and drink festival, Taste of Edinburgh, have confirmed this year’s event was a success, with over 25,000 visitors descending upon The Meadows over the three-day weekend for a gastronomic melting pot of food, drink and entertainment.

Soaring temperatures, celebrity chefs and an eclectic mix of over 100 artisan producers saw visitors arrive in their droves to digest over 40,000 glasses of champagne, 63,145 taster dishes from 15 of the top restaurants in Scotland and enjoy 68 demos from 20 chefs.

Top TV chefs; Gary Rhodes, Rachel Allen, Silvena Rowe, Martin Wishart, Tom Kitchin and Jean-Christophe Novelli were just some of the highlights and culinary favourite Jason Artherton took to the stage with Edinburgh’s own talent, Roy Brett offering top tips to a captive audience of foodies.

Festival Director, Justin Clarke, says: “We were absolutely thrilled to be back in our home of The Meadows this year and it was great to see so many Scots turning out to support the country’s culinary talent and food and drink producers. This is the first year we have had Glasgow and out of town restaurants on board, bringing new visitors to the event. Combined with the warm weather and later summer date this was a real recipe for success.”

Chef glitterati flock to Taste of Edinburgh

Chef glitterati flock to Taste of Edinburgh

A host of the UK’s biggest names in food and drink are travelling from far and wide as they line up to showcase their skills and tantalise taste buds at this year’s Taste of Edinburgh, in partnership with AEG.

Culinary favourites, TV favourite Gary Rhodes, French heart throb Jean-Christophe Novelli and Irish darling, cook and author, Rachel Allen will join acclaimed Michelin star talents Daniel Galmiche, Martin Blunos and Atul Kochhar as they return to The Meadows for Scotland’s biggest food and drink festival from 1-3 July.

The six top chefs will each demonstrate their unique styles of cooking live in specially created theatres, allowing foodie fans the chance to get up close and personal with the stars of gastronomy and gain some top cooking tips from the professionals.

The world renowned chefs will join a stellar line up of restaurants, representing the very best of Scottish culinary talent including; Café Gandolfi, Cail Bruich, Chez Rouz, Cucina at Hotel Missoni, First Coast, Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Restaurant Martin Wishart, Ondine, Plumed Horse, Tigerlily, Two Fat Ladies, Vincaffé and Wedgwood.

Food Festival Gets a Taste of Success

Food Festival Gets a Taste of Success

Stripe Events served up a recipe of success this weekend at the annual Taste of Edinburgh festival with just under 20,000 visitors over three days, 12 top restaurants serving over 35,000 sample sized signature dishes and chef demonstrations from over 30 leading chefs.

Managing director of Stripe Events, Juliet Simpson said; “Taste has quickly established itself as Scotland’s favourite food and drink festival. Our ultimate aim this year was to pack even more into the Taste of Edinburgh visitor experience. With 113 celebrity chef demonstrations, 6 new interactive food features, 100 Scottish suppliers and more opportunities to try and buy than ever before, there’s no doubt that this was the best Taste of Edinburgh experience yet. We’d like to thank all the restaurants, chefs and exhibitors for their support.

“Despite the weekend’s mixed weather, the Festival went out on a high with record visitor numbers and glorious sunshine on Sunday evening.”