Joint Head Chef of Hartnett Holder & Co at Lime Wood Hotel in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, Luke Holder is frustrated about the amount of single-use plastic used in the hospitality industry and is urging Chefs to support him as he launches #chefsagainstplastic. The campaign encourages Chefs to engage with their suppliers to ask if they can think of a different way to package their goods. Luke has previously given an example of broccoli being delivered wrapped in mounds of single-use plastic - a photo of which has got a lot of traction on social media.

Luke says the response to his campaign has been “quite overwhelming and intimidating”, but insists that making changes in his kitchen has not. He explains: “The answer is to look at your own suppliers, look at your own business and effectively make that change."

Luke continues, “There is a need to have plastic in use within kitchens; what there isn’t a need for is plastic for plastic’s sake. That’s why I started engaging with suppliers and asking why we can’t have our herbs delivered in paper bags rather than plastic bags. When you start looking at everything that comes in the back door, you start asking whether there is a need for that plastic or is it just wasteful."

The Caterer reports Chefs eager to get behind the campaign include Paul Foster of Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenny Atkinson of House of Tides in Newcastle upon Tyne, Paul Ainsworth of No 6 in Padstow, Tom Kerridge, chef-owner of the Hand & Flowers and the Coach in Marlow, and chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine.

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