The ethos behind Café-ODE
‘Being a chef in Devon gives unrivalled access to the finest of fresh fish, shellfish, organic dairy, meat and wild game plus some of the best organic producers who farm in the region’
In 2012 Café-ODE emerged as a relaxed, family-friendly cafe and take away, adopting eco-friendly practices such as installing solar thermal and renewable energy systems, and use of compostable plant-based packaging and bio-plastic food containers, cutlery and drinkware. Community is at the core of the café’s operations and a cooperative with other local businesses was developed to share suppliers and to reduce the impact of carbon footprint. The café won the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Award at the Food Made Good awards.
Tim’s culinary expertise and sustainability ethos has received industry recognition in the form of listings in National Restaurant Awards’ UK’s top 100 restaurants and Waitrose Good Food Guide; as well as 2 AA Rosette Awards, National Organics Awards, Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 3 Star Award, Sustainable Restaurant Award 2014 and The Caterer’s CATEY Sustainable Business Award 2014, amongst many other prestigious accolades.
Tim uses this ethos to source sustainable, fresh and delicious seafood to help conserve fish stocks and to protect the local marine environment. His speciality dishes include South Devon crab with crème fraiche, lemon and dill served on sour dough toast, and Crab mac’n’cheese bake, packed with sustainable shellfish.