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Renowned celebrity chef backs festive leftovers campaign

Will you be having seconds this Christmas? That’s the question being asked by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) in partnership with world-renowned chef Jean Christophe Novelli, launching their festive ‘love your leftovers’ campaign today (30 November)’

The aim of the campaign is to encourage North Hertfordshire residents to think creatively about using up their leftovers particularly over the festive period when we all tend to prepare more food than we can eat.

NHDC first approached Jean-Christophe in October to ask if he would like to help our campaign to reduce food waste and asked him for his expertise. Jean-Christophe, who also owns the Novelli Academy Cookery School here in North Hertfordshire, was pleased to help our cause.

The award winning chef has created a series of exclusive recipes for the campaign consisting of three delicious courses, a starter, main and dessert that are based on festive foods that might otherwise be thrown away. The recipes include a winter warming pastry topped vegetable and turkey broth for a starter, and a main dish of turkey and vegetable Cottage Pie. The dessert is a tasty stewed fruit crumble made with leftover Christmas pudding.

Jean-Christophe Novelli said: “The recipes I have created are made from local ingredients that are commonly leftover from Christmas and Boxing Day festivities. They are incredibly tasty and easy enough so that you don’t need to be a top chef to be able to follow them. I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to try them over the holidays.”

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