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Produced in Kent appoint new manager

Agriculture and exploration expert joins the team

Local food promoters Produced in Kent has announced the Edwyn Martin as the new manager of the group. Edwyn
will take charge of the long-standing team that has seen Produced in
Kent grow from strength to strength since it was re-established by Kent
County Council in 2005.

The new chief was born and raised on a
North Devon hill farm where home cooking and farm produce was an
essential part of life. After a west country schooling, he graduated as a
geographer and travelled widely as an exploration geologist and field
scientist.

His first job was working for Sir Ranulph Fiennes on
his epic three-year expedition around the world via both poles, known as
The British Transglobe Expedition, this was the first time this had
ever been done. Having lived and worked in extreme climates and obscure
locations in many parts of the world, Edwyn has had ample opportunity to
discover and taste all manner of local produce, some not to be
repeated.

Edwyn trained as a chef in his student days and worked
in a number of restaurants and commercial kitchens and this experience
later resurfaced when he opened a cafe in London’s famous Borough
Market, meeting and working with stallholders and producers from all
over the country as well as a number of food writers, TV chefs and
restaurateurs.

After moving to Kent, he worked as a chef in
Canterbury before setting up an independent research and development
company exploring issues and opportunities in land use, conservation and
agriculture, both in the UK and globally.

During this time he
was awarded a diploma in countryside management by the University of
London. He is also a member of the Kent Wildlife Trust, a Fellow of the
Royal Geographical Society and lives in Faversham.

William Opie,
chairman of the Produced in Kent board said:

“I am delighted to welcome
Edwyn onto the Produced in Kent team. Never has the time been better to
promote our great local produce and I very much look forward to working
with Edwyn as we take PinK forward during challenging but very exciting
times ahead.”

yourcanterbury 7th Jan 2013

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