Visit Isle of Man, an Executive Agency within the Department for Enterprise, will welcome Oliver Rowe of BBC2 documentary ‘The Urban Chef’ to the Island next week to speak at the 2019-20 Taste Isle of Man event.

Taking place on Monday 9th March from 6.00pm at the Ramsey Park Hotel, the evening has been designed as part of Visit Isle of Man’s continued commitment to the hospitality sector. It will also highlight the achievements of the members of Taste Isle of Man and provide an ideal opportunity for non-members to learn more about the scheme. Registration for the evening is free with buffet food provided. Reservations must be made at www.visitisleofman.com/taste

Oliver will share his experience in setting up and running his own restaurant- Konstam at the Prince Albert, London’s first locally sourced restaurant with over 80% of the produce used being sourced from in or around London.

Having featured on Saturday Kitchen, Great Food Live and BBC Breakfast to name a few, Oliver is best known for featuring in BBC2's ‘The Urban Chef’, which followed his search around London for local suppliers to provide high quality, seasonal produce alongside the backdrop of setting up, funding and designing his new restaurant.

Rob Callister MHK, Political Member with responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and motorsport commented:

‘The Isle of Man has a superb and diverse range of eateries and Visit Isle of Man’s Taste Scheme serves to promote the quality and maintain the standards that visitors and locals have come to expect. The evening is set to provide a wonderful opportunity for industry to come together and not only celebrate this, but to learn expert insights from Oliver’s own journey and successes.’

MaryBeth Coll, Catering and Entertainment Sector Representative for the Visit Isle of Man Agency Board, said:

‘The Isle of Man has a vibrant food and drink sector, championing local produce and unique experiences. To remain a competitive, leading destination we must support the development of this sector to encourage investment and diversity. Events like these are a fantastic opportunity to network with industry peers and learn from experts how to improve and grow our offerings in order to provide visitors with the high quality and memorable experiences they’re seeking.’

The Taste Isle of Man Scheme assesses eateries on criteria such as food quality, the warmth of welcome, service and hospitality, and cleanliness. For further information on how to apply please contact Hannah Wylde at hannah.wylde@gov.im

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