The Meat and Livestock Commission played host to chefs from eight countries this week in a bid to get them to reinstate British beef on their menus. The MLC enlisted HRH Prince Charles to conduct a two day tour of UK production sites ­ including a visit to a Gloucester beef farm ­ before inviting them to Highgrove for a slap-up meal. Chairman Don Curry said the MLC-funded programme was designed to demonstrate the rigorous standards met throughout farming, processing and cooking. He refused to reveal how much the tour cost but added Prince Charles' support was a much-needed boost for the country's beef farmers. "We must not underestimate the challenge we face in overseas markets and with the Prince's help, we should be about the get that positive message across even louder and clearer," he said. The menus comprised beef Wellington, Stroganoff, piri-piri and carpaccio. Frenchman Raymond Blanc cooked beef at his Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons restaurant. The party also sat down to tea and cakes made by a farm housekeeper. {{NEWS }}

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