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Lucinda Perks' family began farming in 1993 so they could serve locally and ethically reared meat at their dining pubs. Today, they own The Butchers Hall farm shop and The Parrot Inn at Forest Green, Dorking, and farm 500 acres of the Surrey Hills. Here, Lucinda gets on her hobby horse about the latest scandal to hit the food industry.

While Christmas is a time for traditions, it is also a time for treats. If you’re tired of turkey and all the “usual suspects” as alternatives (beef, lamb, pork, goose…), why not recreate a decadent festive feast of old by putting game back on the menu?

When chef Al Crisci opened a new fine dining restaurant in 2009, there were many who said it wouldn’t work. But it wasn’t the food they had problems with, it was the location – behind bars at the High Down prison in Sutton with Category B inmates as waiters and chefs. Here Alice Whitehead talks to Crisci about how ‘The Clink’ has confounded expectations, slashing re-offending rates in half, and gathering support from high profile chefs.

Chicken tonight? Fancy giving a portion of your dinner to a neighbour? Friendly foodies in the Reigate and Banstead community have discovered a new spin on the meals-on-wheels concept, offering to dish up a home-cooked meal to elderly residents in their area – and its proving to be a delicious recipe for success.

Take a talented young chef, bucket loads of ambition and bags of energy. Mix with a flock of ducks, several million bees, an orchard and a vegetable garden. In the centre, place a professional kitchen and add a sprinkling of people keen to improve their culinary skills.

Alice Whitehead meets the coffee lovers behind Newdigate business Coffee Real and finds out why they are so committed to producing a top quality coffee

Toby Drought is a man on a mission: as founder of ‘Love For Local’ – which sells and distributes food from selected South East producers direct to farm shops, delis, cafes and pubs – he’s dedicated to supporting British food producers and farmers and getting more of the good stuff to a great shop near you. Here, we uncover why he’s so committed to spreading the love for local.

Wednesday 2 May 2012 was an auspicious day for foodies across the South East, as was officially launched at Priory Farm Shop in South Nutfield.

All too often, the asparagus on offer in our shops are imported from places like Peru and are bigger on carbon footprint than they are on flavour. British asparagus is hailed by chefs as the best in the world. Our climate allows the stems to develop slowly, producing a full, sweet flavour and a fine, tender texture.

The second part of our article gives another five compelling reason why we should all support local.