The celebrated chef with an MSc in Food Policy cooking in Canton this Xmas

An acclaimed Cardiff-born chef who has worked in some of London’s most celebrated kitchens has announced a month-long series of pop-ups at a coffee shop in Canton this December.

Alex Vines’ pared-back style of cooking has been influenced by his experiences in London, and also, by his MSc in Food Policy. As a result, he focuses on truly seasonal and sustainable ingredients and is passionate about working directly with local farmers, designing menus around the produce which comes fresh from the fields each week. 

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Creamy Chilli Pumpkin Pasta with Chestnut & Sourdough Crumb

This is a comforting, indulgent hug in a bowl, full of the flavours of autumn with a warming kick from the chilli. This recipe is great for using up your leftover halloween pumpkin, but would work equally with any other of the season’s squash (like Crown Prince, Butternut or Delicata). The addition of the chestnut and toasted sourdough topping adds another dimension.

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Recipe: Sustainably-Caught Mackerel, Broccoli, Fennel & Chilli Linguini

In an effort to eat more sustainable seafood, I’ve been looking at what’s on the market and came across Fish4Ever. Their tinned fish range was created with nutrition and variety in mind, with all fish sourced from small scale boats, using the most selective methods, and processed by fisheries that are local to the fish.

If you’re a last-minute meal planner like me, these are perfect to have tucked away in the cupboard – ready to dig out for a quick and tasty midweek dinner like this.

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Take a ‘tapas tour’ of the city with the Cardiff Wine Passport

Working with two of my creative pals, Will and Sam, I’ve launched the Cardiff Wine Passport: Summer Edition – a new way to explore the best indie bars and restaurants in Cardiff city centre.

I created the passport as a way to champion some of the brilliant independent hospitality businesses who have had such a rough ride over the last couple of years. Unlike the chain venues you’ll find in cities all over the UK, indie hospitality venues make our city centre a unique place to spend time, giving it a flavour and a personality you can’t find anywhere else!

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