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Judge for the Housewares Innovation Awards 2015 - 25/09/14
It is an absolute pleasure to have been invited to become a judge for the 2015 “Housewares Innovation awards”. 

Having created and won a variety of Innovation awards myself for my own product ranges, I know how challenging it can be to deliver something that is completely innovative , with quality, practicality, versatility, thoughtful and considered design  and a  passion driven product that achieves  the right price points for the specific target market.

Having delivered many cookery programs and shows for both TV and live audiences around the world, I rely on good products to achieve their purpose and potential. Needless to say products that “look the part” whilst offering the consistent reliability and assurances, supporting my own presentation and reputation in the process. 

I whole heartedly believe that housewares Conference and Awards can help stimulate market interest during these challenging times, expose products and brands in a positive light, and ensure that innovation receives the full recognition it truly deserves.

Alan Coxon (Sept 25 2014)

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Food matters live debate coming soon ! - 17/09/14
Delighted and honoured to be part of such an illustrious line up of speakers for the food matters live debate.
I am delighted and honoured to be part of such an illustrious line up of speakers for the food matters live debate.
Balsamic - 04/09/14
There appears to be an increasing confusion with the word “Balsamic”. 

The word “Balsamic” within the UK appears to have a sole association with that of an Italian Vinegar. 

The word “Balsamic” itself is not Italian, nor did it nor does it have a sole reference or right to apply it only to Italian vinegar products. Large scale marketing by Italian vinegar producers have attached themselves to this word as a descriptive of having a smooth product.

I must reiterate THAT IT IS NOT SOLEY FOR THE Italian vinegar market and that as a word can be used (like all words) to describe other products and produce.

The modern word “Balsamic” can today be understood to mean smooth (hence one can obtain (a smooth) Balsam aftershave and that the aftershave is indeed Balsamic if it should be smooth and/or be fragrant). 

The origination of the word can be traced back to Middle English (balsamum) before the year 1000 and also to Old English (balzaman) . I have listed some of my research into the word Balsamic below 

Before 1000;  Middle English balsamum, balsaum,  Old English balzaman Latin balsamum Greek bálsamon. 

Word Origin Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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British Dictionary definitions for balsamand


/ˈbɔːlsəm/ noun  
1.Any of various fragrant oleoresins, such as balm or tolu, obtained from several trees and shrubs and used as a base for medicines and perfumes
 2.Any of various similar substances used as medicinal or ceremonialointments 3. Any of certain aromatic resinous turpentines See also Canada balsam 
4. Any plant yielding balsam 5.Also called busy Lizzie. any of several balsaminaceous plants of thegenus Impatiens, esp I. balsamina, cultivated for its brightly colouredflowers 6.Anything healing or soothing 

Word Origin and History for balsam   c.1600, from balsam + -ic.


 570s, "aromatic resin used for healing wounds and soothing pains," fromLatin balsamum "gum of the balsam tree" .  There is an isolated

Old English reference from c.1000, and Middle English used basmebaume , from the French form of the word.  As a type of flowering plant of the mpatiens family, it is attested from 1741. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Balsam in Science
balsam (bôl'səm)   
Any of several aromatic resins that flow from certain plants and that containconsiderable amounts of benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, or both, or theiresters.  Balsams are used in perfumes and medicines. 

BALSAM is from Latin balsamum; it is a gummy plant resin used for perfume. 
BALSAMIC means fragrant.  
Chatsworth House - 01/09/14
Another great event at Chatsworth house!.
It was a pleasure to work with the likes of Mary Berry, Lesley Waters, Tom Kerridge Jose Souto, Joe Hunt, Amelia Horne, etc etc.. and of course a great supporting team behind the scenes, ie Martin , Janett and "the crew for Chefs on Stage !.
Many thanks all x
New Stats - 18/08/14
Stats: I am delighted to announce that my websites are currently attracting over 600,000 + visitors per annum and growing!
I have 11,000+ followers on Twitter and facebook and also connected to over 3,000 on linked-in and over 12,000 readers on trip advisor.
My weekly Radio show is currently listened by over 31,000  people in 41 differnt countries 
and my 4 monthly food and travel magazine articles are currently read by over 250,000 readers per month.
Farmers on film event - 28/07/14
Competition winner announced 21st July 2014 - 21/07/14
I am delighted to announce the winner of this months competition is Steven twitter   @mister_steven  
Please let me kow your full postal details Steven and I will get a bottle of Roman vinegar on it`s way to you .
Many thanls for everyone entering this competion, your interest is always appreciated and many congratulaions to Steven

Please do keep a look out on Twitter as I have different comps and prizes every so often. 
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Sad news - 21/07/14
I am sorry to hear of the sad news and death of Ross Burden , who passed away on Thursday 17th July 2014.
Ross was a very intelligent individual and a party animal.
I first worked with Ross 16 years ago on my first ever food and travel TV series along with Aldo Zilli, we also produced a book together with all proceeds going to the Red Cross Childrens hospital in Cape Town.
Ross was great fun and amazing memory for jokes ( both good and bad!).
He will be missed RIP mate.
Next cookery demonstration and live event in the UK - 07/07/14
Alan`s next UK live event will be at the Chatsworth Cuntry Fair cookery theatre 29-31st August 2014 were he will not only be demonstrating but also hosting.
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New Talent Agency - 01/07/14
I am delighted to now be listed with Jillie Bushell Associates