The Ark of Taste is Slow Food’s international virtual ark of food in danger of extinction. We believe that biodiversity plays a large part of a healthy plant, it also celebrates the unique differences of regions and countries. The foods and processes included in the ark are part of small-scale productions that belong to the cultures, history and tradition of the entire planet. They are in danger of being lost if we don’t use them. You can help by asking your providors to source and supply local foods in the ark.
There are currently more than 4500 items in the Ark and over 150 foods in the UK on the list and it’s growing everyday.
Locally we are working to identify food and production methods that need to be included. If you can help please contact us.
Chef Alliance members work closely with many of these products and producers.
The Slow Food Chef Alliance is a network of chefs, all working with local, seasonal and biodiverse foods. They feature Ark of Taste produce and championing there producers. Around the world there are more than 400 chefs, from restaurants, bistros, street kitchens and schools, including United Kingdom, Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, USA, Canada, Morocco …
The work of these chefs, by supporting small producers, make them the custodians of our biodiversity. By using seasonal products from the Ark of Taste, as well as local fruits, vegetables and cheeses, in their kitchens, they uphold the ethos of Good, Clean and Fair.
By adding the names of producers to their menus, chefs to give visibility to their work. We encourage the Alliance chefs to travel, meet with one another, participate in events and cook together.
We encourage more Birmingham chefs to work with us, learn about our Ark of Taste and join the international ranks of the Chef Alliance.