Sweden comes to Sussex for International Chef Exchange

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One of Sweden’s leading young chefs – Christofer Johansson of Kock ’n’ Roll – joined chef Jimmy Gray for a culinary showcase at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill on Thursday 25 September.

The dinner was the return leg of the International Chef Exchange (ICEx) between the two countries, that saw Jimmy Gray prepare a Sussex-themed meal in the lakeside fishing village of Spiken earlier in the summer.

Chef Christofer’s menu featured a contemporary twist on Swedish cuisine including raw beef with bleak roe, spruce and forest herbs as a starter, and reindeer with lichens, wild mushrooms, lingonberries and apples as a main course.

Each course was matched with wines from Sussex’s Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK distributor Enotria, and Swedish distributor Triplus Vinhandel, with a gin cocktail made from bird cherry blossom and Blackdown Sussex gin.

“It’s been interesting to work alongside Christofer”, said Jimmy Gray. “Here at Jeremy’s we have a Scandinavian influence to our dishes but using authentic ingredients from the region has been a great experience”.

“This is my first time in England and I’ve very much enjoyed my time here”, said Christofer Johansson. “Many of the ingredients I used aren’t to be found here so we’ve really given our guests a true taste of Sweden with produce from the north such as reindeer, salmon from lake Vänern, and lichens from Gotland island.”

“It’s a pleasure to work with and support these talented young chefs”, added festival director Nick Mosley. “Their innovative cooking, and shear passion for good food and drink, really shone through at both dinners making them very memorable experiences for the diners. I’m sure they will remain firm friends and that there will be an ongoing culinary friendship between us here in Sussex and our partners in the Läckö-Kinnekulle region of Sweden.”

International Chef Exchange is a project run by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival team to share best practice in the hospitality industries, promote partner regions as gastronomic tourism destinations, and create opportunities for food and drink export. Six exchanges have taken place over the past two years to Italy, Holland, France, Sweden and the Channel Islands. Further exchanges are planned for 2015 including Vancouver and Las Vegas. The exchanges are all being filmed by Latest TV for Channel 8 and will be screened nationally on the network over the next 12 months.

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