Johnny Pusztai cooking up a storm at Mansfield Farmers Market

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NOTTS butcher Johnny Pusztai is leading the campaign to help local folk reduce the amount of food they throw away every week.

Johnny is the star chef at a series of special Love Food Hate Waste road shows taking place across the county this month – and he’ll be cooking up a storm at Mansfield Farmers’ Market on Tuesday 18th September.

Johnny will be showing audiences how to make his Love Food Hate Waste sausage – a recipe specially created for the campaign, which uses up left-over baked beans, tomatoes and bacon.

The Love Food Hate Waste Nottinghamshire campaign has been launched by the County Council and Veolia Environmental Services (the county council’s waste management contractor) to provide useful information to residents on using up, rather than throwing away food and re-using leftovers. Ultimately, the advice can help people save money and at the same time help the environment.

The road shows will see Johnny create a number of mouth-watering dishes from everyday left-over ingredients, but focusing particularly on how not to waste meat.

“I’ll be showing audiences how to make my special Love Food Hate Waste sausages,” says Johnny, who owns and runs award-winning butchers JT Beedhams in Sherwood.

“In addition I’ll be doing a demonstration I like to call “Five Ways with a Chicken” which shows people how to make buffalo wings, chicken schnitzels and the most amazing stock using the carcass so that every part gets used.

“And anyone who likes their burgers won’t want to miss my burger-making sessions which show them how to use left-over pork or mince and turn them into something sensational.”

Coun Richard Butler, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s environment and sustainability committee, said: “Wasting food costs the average family £480 a year and this increases to £680 a year for families with children.

“Not only that, but wasting food has a huge environmental impact. If we reduced the amount of food thrown away, it would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Kevin Parker, Veolia Environmental services regional communications manager, said “I’m really looking forward to seeing Johnny recreate his celebrated dishes live at the road shows. I’m sure they’ll be absolutely delicious and will provide a real incentive for Nottinghamshire residents to support the Love Food Hate Waste initiative.”

In addition to meeting Johnny Pusztai, visitors to the Love Food Hate Waste road shows will be able to get their hands on special recipe cards containing delicious recipes made from left-overs, as well as having the chance to win a £20 voucher to be spent at Beedhams butchers by taking part in a survey.

Find out more, visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lovefoodhatewaste