Cornwall food and drink PR

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Food and drink writing Cornwall

Rebel Feature in Cornwall Living foodie mag

I devised the strategy and copy for a feature about Rebel Brewing in Cornwall Living magazine. Working with contacts in the local press, and small companies means I communicate the right message to the right people to ensure the maximum exposure.

Liaising with food and drink journalists up and down the country, I inhabit a unique position of straddling the line between food journalism and food and drink PR, comms and copywriting. Consulting about press campaigns and devising public relations campaigns, I love shouting about the amazing food and drink scene in Cornwall, which has been forged from the fires of our forefathers and our heritage to deliver food and drink that is the best the UK has to offer, and is sought after the length and breadth of the country.

Cornwall food and drink PR

Committed to sustainability, I work with small brands who focus on our future, and support local wherever possible, with the brands I work with. This means I am not in it for the money, but for the social and ethical conscience.

Laura Barnes writes press release

sea spaghetti in the supermarket

Laura Barnes writes press release

I contributed to this article about the seaweed industry

Having had a fantastic week for The Cornish Seaweed Company, this Guardian Life and Style article gained some excellent exposure for them. As a journalist, I write press releases with journalists in mind, and send them to contacts who I am sure will deem the news relevant.

In 2 years of working with the press, I have established firm relationships with journalists, particularly those within the food and lifestyle sectors.

Alica Azania Jarvis began collecting her story about the various seaweed companies around the UK, as food trends see seaweed become a staple ingredient, popularised by celebrity chefs and those aspiring to be, on programs such as MasterChef. In my capacity as a reviewer, I have seen an increase in seaweed on menus around Cornwall, much of which is supplied by Tim and Caro, or Caroline from the Fat Hen Cookery School.

In the same week, I have worked with journalists from Vegetarian Living, The West Briton, and many other publications to attract interest across the country. This week, the company have begun sales in Tesco supermarkets, which has led to further media interest in the story.

With a planned and dedicated campaign, I have been thrilled with the exposure gained for the seaweed company.

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Food journalist Laura Barnes interviews Nathan Outlaw

Cornish writer Q & A with Nathan Outlaw

As part of my role as a writer and content creator for Tasting Britain, I recently visited Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at Port Isaac and interviewed him afterwards. It was my birthday, which it transpired was the day before his, and also the first lunch service.

I created interview questions spontaneously that day, as I found the chef really easy to talk to and comfortable to be around. Mesmerised by a nearby rock, as the Atlantic ebbed and flowed over it, we chatted recipe ideas, cooking, writing and education; subjects which are all close to my heart, and Nathan’s too. The full interview with Michelin star chef Nathan Outlaw can be viewed on the Tasting Britain site.

Freelance writer in Cornwall meets Nathan Oulaw

Friendly and fun, we met Nathan Outlaw at his new restaurant in Port Isaac

It was really pleasing to hear that almost everything Nathan uses, from the chefs to the crockery is locally sourced within Cornwall. Being a Cornish writer, I have a history of working in seasonal jobs as a chef, waitress and front of house, and it was a pleasure to see a celebrity chef helping to provide so many jobs for people across different industries.

A chap was eating his lunch with a beautiful camera around his neck, and I heard the chef go and speak to him about an upcoming photo shoot, so again, he is providing work for as many local people possible. This is an issue very close to my heart, which is why I am involved with Bude for Food and am looking at ways to engage with The Cornish Food Assembly.

Food is one of the major tourist attractions in Cornwall, and working in the catering and hotel industries are an essential foundation for anyone growing up in the county. But we also have a wealth of food available in our seas and on land that means nobody should be going hungry. Yet Cornwall is still one of the poorest areas in the EU, due to the disparity between costs and wages. Being part of a movement to educate people on food and food poverty is something I will continue to be involved in as time goes on.

food journalist Laura Barnes interview Nathan Outlaw

Artichokes cooked three ways, with Cornish brill and Seaweed