Prince presented with new season mutton

The Prince of Wales, founder of The Mutton Renaissance Campaign and patron of The Academy of Culinary Arts, was presented with the first Renaissance Mutton of the season yesterday.

Herdwick mutton from Cumbria produced to the Renaissance specification was presented to His Royal Highness by butcher Andrew Sharp, farmer Tim Wilson and Executive Chairman of the Academy of Culinary Arts, John Williams, at Clarence House, London.

Chairman of the Mutton Renaissance Club, John Thorley, said: "Sheep farmers need all the help they can get to increase income, particularly in the current climate. Many farmers who produce Renaissance Mutton are under severe financial pressure as a result of high energy prices and the need for better market opportunities.

"His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been instrumental in getting farmers, processors, butchers and chefs together to help ensure that mutton becomes the much loved British dish that it once was. In fact since the campaign was launched five years ago, demand for quality mutton has continued to grow steadily amongst all those with an interest in good food. The presentation of the first of the new season's Renaissance Mutton to The Prince of Wales is in recognition of His Royal Highness's continuing support, for which we are very grateful."