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BBPA promote the nation’s beer at Raymond Blanc’s showcase of British produce


The BBPA team, led by Beer Sommelier Steve Livens, promoted British beer to an audience of British and international chefs at Raymond Blanc’s ‘Best of British’ event held yesterday at the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford.

The event’s key focus was to introduce global chefs to British produce, with beer being one of the highlights of the event. The chefs were talked through the range of styles and strengths of beers, explaining how beers can be used as an accompaniment to food in ways not previously considered by the elite culinary audience.

Celebrity chefs Patrick Bertron of the three Michelin-starred Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, Michael Caines MBE of the two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, two-starred Michelin chef Patrick Henriroux of La Pyramide and Claude Bosi of the two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus, all showed a special interest in the beer on offer (see pictures).

Commenting on the event Beer Sommelier Steve Livens, said:

“The BBPA took advantage of the opportunity to show how well British beer matches fine cuisine. With a captive audience of some of the best chefs in the world all in one room, this event can only build the reputation of our beers.

“That Raymond Blanc is such a champion of British beer shows us that beer has a place at the best tables in the land – and the range of beers available makes it perfect for any meal.”

Notes to editors:

Photos of Beer Sommelier, and BBPA Policy Manager, with chefs Raymond Blanc, Patrick Bertron & Michael Caines MBE and Patrick Henriroux & Claude Bosi are below.

The BBPA stand was complimented by hops and malted barley provided by Charles Faram Hop Merchants and Warminster Maltings. The BBPA would also like to thank the British Hop Association for their support.

At the event the BBPA offered ‘A taste of Britain’ with the following beers:
Arkell’s Bee’s Organic
Bank’s Cereal Thriller
Bathams' Best Bitter
Cameron’s Monkey Stout
Elgood's Cambridge Bitter
Elgood’s Warrior
Fuller’s Bengal Lancer
Fuller’s London Porter
Fuller’s London Pride
Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012
Hall & Woodhouse Badger First Gold
Hall & Woodhouse Badger Blandford Flyer
Hobson’s Mild
Hobson’s Evolution
Hook Norton’s Old Hooky
Hook Norton’s Double Stout
Little Valley’s Hebdons Wheat
Little Valley’s Tod’s Blonde
Marston’s Pedigree
Marston’s Single Hop: Pacific Gem
Shepherd Neame 1698
Shepherd Neame Canterbury Jack
Shepherd Neame India Pale Ale
Shepherd Neame Double Stout
St Austell Clouded Yellow
St Austell Korev
Thwaite’s Crafty Dan
Thwaite’s Old Dan
Thwaite’s Wainwright
Young’s Bitter
Young’s Special

The Beer Sommelier accreditation is granted by the Beer Academy. More information can be found here.


» Raymond Blanc with Steve Livens
» Steve Livens with Patrick Bertron and Michael Caines
» Steve Livens with Claude Bosi and Patrick Henriroux


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