Out with the old (this blog ) and in with the new…

17 Dec

Howdy Partners!

Sorry for the long pause and thanks for staying tuned! It’s fair to say our lives have gathered a little momentum over the last year and a half. But what have we been up to, we hear you ask? Well, what haven’t we been up to?

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For starters, we hit the airwaves earlier this year with Series 1 of our very own TV show Sam and Shauna’s Big Cook Out! It was broadcast to the wonderful Welsh nation on BBC Wales in Spring, before a Nationwide realease on BBC2 in the Autumn.

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The show sees us take to the road to celebrate the achievements of community champions across Wales and change the way our great nation barbecues. Using food to bring together the whole community, each episode sees us hosting a giant cook out party to reward the work of a well-deserving variety of organisations and individuals – from a barbecuing an entire pig, Hawaiian-style, on the fine sands of our local beach with Barry Football Club, to hanging succulent slabs of juicy steak on a handmade willow dome with the Paddlers Club of Llandysul.

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We LOVED making series one and filming, editing and voiceovers for series two of Big Cook Out are now in the can too, so we’ll be updating y’all as soon as we have news on when it airs!

Elsewhere in telly land, we had a blast cooking up a storm for the masses back in July at the Royal Welsh Show alongside host Kate Humble and Welsh legends ‘the Gareths’ a.k.a. agricultural guru Gareth Wyn Jones and rugby icon Gareth Thomas.

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And we spent the rest of the summer hopping from one fabulous foodie festival to another, beginning with River Cottage Festival, stopping by way of Meatopia in London’s Tobacco Docks, then onto Ludlow Food Festival and finally, a bit closer to home with Abergavenny Food Festival. We fan-gurled over our food heroes, hung out with hoards of new foodie favourites and feasted with the fans on organic pork tommahawks and buttermilk slaw, juicy smoked whole Pichana steaks and the world biggest chicken flipper with souther-style succotash!

Fast forward to October, and we received some astonishing news at Hang Fire HQ. In one of the highlights of our food journey so far, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen was announced as not only the first barbecue restaurant, but also the first Welsh restaurant, to win one of the most coveted titles in the UK restaurant scene: Observer Food Monthly ‘Restaurant of the Year’.

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Needless to say, we were blown away and humbled by the recognition for our food and our ethos on a personal level. But we were also overjoyed to have a part in placing our beloved Barry on the culinary map.

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Our vision was always to set up in an authentic local destination, away from the mainstream, and concentrate on providing great food to the surrounding community. We couldn’t have chosen a better place to fulfil that dream.

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Jay Raynor and Nigella giving us the most coveted prize in the annual Restaurant award calendar

Then, just a few weeks ago, came another nugget to crown this year’s barbecue bonanza. We were surprised and delighted to take top prize at the Welsh leg of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, being named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the region. It just goes to show that hard work (and a hefty side order of blood sweat and tears) can pay off. We couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved and the amazing team who graft alongside us every day.

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Some of our team collecting our Great British Entrepreneur award!

Last, but by no means least… it’s goodbye to this blog…

We’ll be bidding a fond farewell to this blog in a few weeks, but never fear, you can SUBSCRIBE to the new site instead and keep up to date on all of the weird and wonderful happenings in our lives. We want to share our spanking new website with you! Head on over to our brand new website www.samandshauna.com for recipes, news, travel blogs, pics, videos and more… and we promise to share more regularly!

In the meantime, we’re regularly to be found wittering on Twitter and sharing the odd cheeky pic or video on Instagram. Please come and join us, we’d love to hear from you!

#BBQlove,
Sam & Shauna

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