We continue our series of campaign statements by local election candidate. Today it is the turn of Alex Bluett who is standing as an Independent candidate for Bude under the Bude and Stratton Community Alliance umbrella.
Born and bred in Bude, I moved away to do a degree in engineering. After a massive change of heart, I ended up spending the following 15 years working my way around the kitchens of Cardiff and Bristol.
Whilst working for Friska as their Head of Food, we won an Observer Food Award for Best Ethical Restaurant in the UK in 2014 and became a champion for the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
I went on to become a regular contributor for the Guardian and turned my hand to pop up kitchens and events for a couple of years.
After 20 years away the call of the sea and home beckoned and in 2019 I moved back to the farm I grew up on.
We opened Electric Bakery in Bude just over a year ago with the intention of creating a community hub, using produce grown on the doorstep and providing the locals with their daily bread. We are growing our own wheat this year to truly close the supply loop on some of our loaves, connecting people with the food on their plate and in the field next door.
I’m standing with BSCA as an Independent candidate for election into BSTC as I would like to help further the connections between the community and the food we eat. I’d like to see green space used to educate and feed rather than park and mow. I’d love to see more community garden space where the young and old can share their experiences to enrich life through food.