To celebrate the upcoming opening of Exeter’s new £12m culinary hub, the Queen St Dining team have launched a search for a budding chef, secret baker, gastronomic genius or someone who produces great grub.
Find a Foodie is an opportunity of a lifetime for someone to be part of the city’s dining revolution and receive a package of support and guidance from leading industry figures to help make their dreams a reality.
The aim is to discover an entrepreneur, an individual or a team with an enterprising idea, a signature dish or an innovative product, created at home or already trading on a small scale, and help them bring it to a bigger audience.
Once found, the Queen St Foodie will receive:
- a purpose built kiosk to trade from free of charge in Queen St for three months;
- branding advice and identity development from a leading premium brand agency;
- marketing/PR planning and support from the agencies launching Queen St;
- a free advertising package to assist the launch of their venture;
- mentoring from a successful food entrepreneur;
- free legal, finance and business advice from Exeter-based practices and a high street bank.
The Find a Foodie coaching and mentoring team will be announced in May, when the first round of keen Foodies will also be revealed.
It’s takes creativity, skills, drive and determination to take a kitchen table idea and turn it into a business. Queen St’s Find a Foodie provides a route to help a budding foodie realise their ambitions, with specialist support and guidance along the way. Queen St are working with the Express & Echo on the search to Find a Foodie.
Fledgling foodies are invited to register their interest via queenst-exeter.com and provide some details about themselves, their product, dish or innovative food related enterprise.
Entrants will be shortlisted by an expert panel made up of business and food industry judges. Those selected will be invited to showcase their menus and products and compete against other entrants during the summer at the Queen St Street Food Markets, where the public will get to vote for their favourites in a taste test round.
Visit queenst-exeter.com and click on the ‘Find a Foodie’ tab for more information, the prize, terms and conditions and how to enter.