rom an idyllic childhood in the farming wilds of Norfolk to his latest venture of a Meat School at London’s Borough Market, Sean Cannon has changed how we think about British charcuterie. He talks to us about the food revolution being led by British artisans and the importance of buying local.
In London, Cannon & Cannon is a name synonymous with British charcuterie. In fact, Sean Cannon and initially his brother Joe have been at the forefront of its renaissance, working with British artisans across the country to bring the very best of this British produce to restaurants and markets. Since Joe stepped away from the business Sean has partnered with Ed Smith of Rocket & Squash fame and Jamie Wallace to grow its wholesale, retail, catering, education and online business.
“What makes British charcuterie different is that we have the best meat in the world and secondly, we have no limits to how we can innovate,” says Sean Cannon. “There are great curing traditions in Europe but they are somewhat beholden to tradition. Here our producers are starting a new British tradition and that is really exciting. So what you get are some extraordinarily innovative products that haven’t been seen before, that are all based around the very best meat from quality, slow-grown livestock and the local flora, fauna and game."
A true linguist, Natoora celebrates the very best in food with its selection of tantalisingly fresh produce and European goods. Founded in Paris in 2001, this purveyor of fine food first delivered across the city (and then the rest of France) sourcing its produce from over 150 farmers. On emigrating to Blighty in 2004, it added Italian goods to its repertoire. Today, Natoora is a truly Continental affair with its range of produce sourced from France, Italy and the UK. On Saturdays, this resident of Spa Terminus opens its doors, offering the opportunity to appreciate some of the best produce in London. Be delighted by the seasonal offerings such as the the assembled rosettes of delicately speckled radicchio, the oh-so-cute baby artichokes to the darkly-guised nestle. Always seasonal, inspirational for any cook, the display of fruit and vegetables belies a passionate dedication to bringing the best of the season to the table.
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