20 March 2018

FoodSpace Ireland backs One Planet Plate campaign to satisfy diner demand for sustainable food.

FoodSpace Ireland will be among one thousand restaurants serving a dish that highlights how they’re addressing the problems in the food system as part of the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) global campaign which launches this weekend to help diners use the power of their appetites wisely.

Chefs including Raymond Blanc, Skye Gyngell and Angela Hartnett as well as high street restaurants like Jamie’s Italian, Carluccio’s, Zizzi and Wahaca are participating in One Planet Plate, launching on Saturday 24 March.

Restaurants as far afield as Virgin Limited Edition’s Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, Shoun RyuGin in Taiwan, and L’Effervescence in Tokyo, will also be serving a One Planet Plate.

Two surveys conducted on behalf of the SRA, one by restaurant guide Harden’s, the other by National Union of Students, reveal very low levels of satisfaction with the social and environmental impact on offer in UK restaurants. That’s why [name of chef and restaurant] is participating in the campaign and serving a One Planet Plate.

Just 20% of those asked by Harden’s said they were satisfied with how ethical the food is on the menus of places they’ve eaten in recently, while even fewer, only 17% are satisfied with its impact on the environment.  The picture is similar amongst the students surveyed. Fewer than a quarter (24.8%) of students are satisfied with the environmental impact of the food on offer when they eat out, while fewer than one in three (30.4%) believe it’s meeting sufficient ethical standards.

Almost nine out of ten of those questioned by Harden’s (86%) said they thought restaurants should focus on creating a menu that helps them make sustainable choices.

Conor Spacey said: “I am delighted to play a small part in One Planet Plate this year. For me it’s a perfect opportunity to highlight a growing worldwide problem that’s very close to my heart”.

Raymond Blanc OBE, President of the SRA, said: “At Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons we’ve been serving dishes made with vegetables grown in our very own kitchen garden, alongside free-range meat from the same fantastic British suppliers for more than 30 years. It’s so important to help people understand what sustainable food looks, smells and tastes like. By highlighting dishes that capture this ethos One Planet Plate will enhance diners’ experience and help them put their passion for good food into action.”

One Planet Plate is a restaurant campaign to put sustainability on the menu – a chance for chefs worldwide to demonstrate to diners in food form how they’re contributing to a better food future. As the consumer survey results demonstrate, faced with a full menu of dishes to choose from, it can be hard for even the most conscious diners to feel confident they’re making the right choice, even in the most ethical restaurant. A One Planet Plate is effectively the chef’s sustainable special – his or her recommendation.

To give the campaign a kickstart, the SRA is launching it to coincide with WWF’s Earth Hour on 24 March – the largest environmental event in the calendar and a perfect moment to grab diners’ attention. This is the fourth year that the SRA has partnered with WWF on Earth Hour and this year more restaurants are participating than ever and giving customers the chance to make positive food choices. Diners can find restaurants serving a One Planet Plate on a dynamic map at www.oneplanetplate.org. The site also serves as a treasure trove of dozens of recipes for the dishes created and contributed by chefs from high end to high street.

Andrew Stephen, Chief Executive of the SRA, said: “Our consumer surveys clearly demonstrate that diners are crying out for some simple signposting to help them. One Planet Plate gives chefs the chance to draw attention to one damned delicious dish that epitomises their ethos, and choosing it is a vote for the food future you want to see.”

The SRA is calling on diners to play their part by snapping a picture of a One Planet Plate when they eat out and sharing it on social media using #oneplanetplate.

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One Planet Plate is a campaign run by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

www.oneplanetplate.org

#oneplanetplate

 

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) is a not for profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out.

www.thesra.org

@the_SRA

 

About Earth Hour

WWF’s Earth Hour, taking place on at 8:30pm on Saturday 24 March, is the world’s largest show of support for our planet. Lights around the world will go out for the hour, from the Taj Mahal to Buckingham Palace, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world. In the UK alone, more than nine million people and 300 landmarks, including The Shard, Edinburgh Castle and Carnaby Street, are expected to participate.

 

This Earth Hour, WWF is also asking people to make a #PromiseForThePlanet, a pledge to take one step in their own lives to reduce their environmental footprint. The promises include saying no to plastic cutlery, washing at 30 degrees and cutting the amount of meat we eat, and have been specifically chosen as examples of small behaviour changes people can make that collectively will have a big impact.

https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour

#EarthHourUK