Favourite egg recipes shared by chefs for British Egg Week (10-16 October)

Top British chefs which include Gary Rhodes, Tom Aikens and Marcus Wareing  have all donated their favourite egg recipes to show their continued support  for the egg industry in Britain as it approaches a vital deadline. These great chefs have joined forces to celebrate this most versatile of ingredients during British Egg Week, held on the 10-16 October, and are calling on the public to make sure they ‘look for the lion’ to make sure they don’t fall foul to the flood of illegal imports that are expected next year after battery cages are banned across the entire EU.

Paul Merrett’s north African Frittata will be alongside Atul kochhar’s bread and butter pudding with fennel and Marcus Wareing’s custard tart. These, along with many other recipes from the chefs will be available on a new website at www.britisheggweek.com.  Research has shown that almost 2/3 or UK consumers would rather shop around than buy eggs that weren’t British, and at the end of 2011 shoppers are going to have yet another reason to look for the famous lion mark on the eggs.

As well as the eggs stamped with the British Lion amongst the safest eggs in the world, they are also leading the way as far as animal welfare is concerned.

Britain already has the largest commercial free range flock in the world and is now ahead of many countries in implementing a ban on battery cages.

On 1 January 2012 conventional battery cages will be banned across the EU, to be replaced by larger enriched ‘colony’ cages which not only give the hens more space and height but also provide a nest, perching space and a scratching area. Most British Lion cage eggs already come from the new system and all will do so by 1 January.

However, industry experts estimate that many producers in other EU countries will not meet the deadline, meaning that more than one-third of caged hens – more than 80 million birds – across the EU will still be in battery cages when the deadline passes, leading to the risk of cheap imported ‘illegal’ eggs going on sale in the UK next year.

The new British Egg Week site will not only feature recipes by celebrity chefs, but offer ways to make it easier for shoppers to know they’re buying British Lion eggs that comply with this new law and are safe to eat.

Research shows that the public expect eggs bought in UK shops to be British, with 74 per cent of people saying they felt this was a given, and 70 per cent expect eggs served in UK restaurants, hotels and cafes also to be British rather than imported.

*OnePoll survey of 2,000 adults, June 2011