Edwyn Martin is new man at helm of Produced in Kent
The new manager of Produced in Kent is a former
Canterbury chef with a taste for adventure.
Edwyn Martin, took up the post earlier this month, is managing
the long-standing team that has seen Produced in Kent grow from
strength to strength since it was re-established by Kent County
Council in 2005.
Edwyn was born and raised on a North Devon hill farm where home
cooking and farm produce was an essential part of life.
After a west country schooling, he graduated as a geographer and
travelled widely as an exploration geologist and field
His first job was working for Sir Ranulph Fiennes on his epic
three-year expedition around the world via both poles, (The British
Transglobe Expedition) - the first time this had ever been
Having lived and worked in extreme climates and obscure
locations in many parts of the world, he has had ample opportunity
to discover and taste all manner of local produce, some not to be
Edwyn trained as a cook in his student days and worked in a
number of restaurants and commercial kitchens.
This experience later resurfaced when he opened a cafe in
London’s famous - and very busy - Borough Market, meeting and
working with stallholders and producers from all over the country
as well as a number of food writers, TV chefs and
After moving to Kent, he worked as a cook in Canterbury before
setting up an independent research and development company
exploring issues and opportunities in land use, conservation and
agriculture, both in the UK and globally.
During this time he was awarded a Diploma in Countryside
Management by the University of London.
He is a member of the Kent Wildlife Trust, a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society and lives in Faversham.
William Opie, Chairman of the private/public sector Produced in
Kent Board said: "I am delighted to welcome Edwyn onto the
Produced in Kent team.
" Never has the time been better to promote our great local
produce and I very much look forward to working with Edwyn as we
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