More than 70 MPs were given a taste of game at Westminster in December, at an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Shooting and Conservation and the All-Party Group for Wine and Spirit, and organised by BASC.

The guests were served English wines, which were chosen to compliment canapés including carpaccio of venison, wild hot-smoked mallard and a roulade of potted pheasant. The dishes were prepared by José Souto, chef-lecturer at Westminster College, and his students.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, chairman for both of the allparty groups, said: “This was an excellent showcase for the best of British game, cookery and wine. The great taste of game canapés was wonderfully set off with a selection of England’s finest wine. It was good to see so many MPs and others sampling the best of British produce within the Houses of Parliament.” BASC’s director of communications, Christopher Graffius, commented: “Game meat is increasingly popular with chefs, food fans and the wider public. The All-Party Groups provided a great opportunity to demonstrate the excellent dishes which can be produced by top-flight chefs such as José Souto and his dedicated students.”