UK Food Festivals - TV Chefs, The Festival of Food & Drink

TV Chef, Phil Vickery

Over the years, AA Restaurant Guides rated Phil one of the top 20 chefs in Britain; his restaurant was awarded 4 Rossettes for 5 years his restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. He was also county restaurant of the year in the Good Food Guide, and Times newspaper along with Egon Ronay stars also.

Phil has written a weekly column for one of Britains biggest-selling Sunday supplements, and a many features for the leading women’s magazines and many others.
Since his career kicked off as a Commis Chef at the Burlington Hotel on Folkestone seafront, Phil has worked his way up the kitchen ranks. On his journey he has taken in the very smart Michael’s Nook hotel in Grasmere, Cumbria, the Michelin starred Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead and Ian McAndrew’s Michelin starred restaurant ‘74’ as Sous Chef.
Phil then went to the West Country and to The Castle hotel in Taunton as head chef where he won a Michelin star, 4 Rosettes in the ‘AA guide’, the ‘Good Food Guide’s’ Restaurant of the year, ‘The Times’ Restaurant of the Year, ‘Egon Ronay’s Guide’ Dessert Chef of the Year and ‘British Meat Chef of The Year’, among many other awards.
Phil’s TV career starter after filling in once for Keith Floyd on the Breakfast Programme, and over the past 15 years he has appeared on the BBC ‘Holiday Programme’, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, ‘Proof Of The Pudding’, his own series ‘Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club’ and of course ‘This Morning’, presenting live and pre-recorded cookery items.
Between his TV work and writing – Phil’s written 20 books, including his most recent, Save Money – Good Diet but it is not a diet book: it lets you cook and enjoy food with a nod to being healthier and more prudent.
His Gluten-Free books sell worldwide and have won many awards and he is the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK (


With his Italian good looks and Yorkshire-born manners, Joe Hurd is bringing a new cooler charm to cooking. A self-proclaimed blue-collar cook, he is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and creating Anglo-Italian food all can enjoy.

The son of a sailor, Joe is just as comfortable in a fish market as he is in a fancy restaurant. Spending his childhood stealing vegetables from his Grandpa’s allotments, rolling out sheets of pasta with his cousins and letting his Mum teach him to make Southern Italian delicacies.

Fast forward 20 years and Joe is a the latest celeb Chef to hit the scene accumulating impressive TV credits such as teaching children how to cook in the kitchen of ITV’s prime-time Saturday morning show The Munch Box, travelling Europe to find his ‘5 Best Things’ for the Travel Channel, and most recently showing off his latest recipes on Channel 5’s ‘The Saturday Show’ and BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.

Far from being a food snob, Joe believes even a KFC can, with a little bit of alteration, be fine cuisine. He began his presenting career as co-founder of, an online video channel for university students who, like Joe, wanted to cook from scratch without missing out on time down the pub.

Since then he has worked in restaurants alongside revered chefs such as Francesco Mazzei, Claude Bosi and José Pizarro, as well as behind-the-scenes on shows for Paul Hollywood and Heston Blumenthal. But his real passion lies in his Monday night supper clubs where, true to his Yorkshire-Calabrian roots, he recreates the big family meals of his youth, usually consisting of 8-10 mouthwatering courses.

Snapped up by big brands including Galbani cheeses, Birra Morretti and Welsh Lamb, Joe also performs live cooking demonstrations at shows such as the BBC Good Food Show and The Women’s Institute Fair. If you can’t catch Joe in person, you just need to grab a copy of Delicious Magazine, BBC Good Food or even the Radio Times, for fantastic tips and recipes.


Formerly known as the front man of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez, Matt has left his pranking days behind for his love of vegan food, health and fitness.

He released his debut vegan cookbook Dirty Vegan in December 2018, described by Waitrose magazine as having universal appeal. Coinciding with the first book release, Matt’s very own series Dirty Vegan, premiered on BBC 1 Wales to wide acclaim. The series features Matt cooking a variety of exciting dishes to win over the Welsh public. From a hearty vegan Paella for a women’s rugby team, to tasty energy fuelled meals for school dinners. His mission? To make Wales fitter, healthier and stronger. Convincing the public that plant-based food can be a sustainable lifestyle option!

Following the brand’s success, Matt’s second cookbook, Dirty Vegan: Another Bite was released at the end of 2019, soon followed by his second instalment of Dirty Vegan TV series on BBC Wales in January 2020. A timely release, encouraging the public to try Veganuary and consider a much healthier lifestyle. Both series are available now to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Always seeking a thrill, Matt has replaced his wild life of pranking and partying with endurance sports. In 2016, he achieved a world record when he completed 30 half Iron Man events in 30 days, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

The summer of 2019 saw Matt achieve 4th place in Brutal Event’s Deca UK – a hardcore competitive race consisting of a 24-mile pool swim, 1,120-mile bike and 262-mile run.

In 2018, Matt featured in the BBC 1 Wales documentary Wild Man to Ironman; an inspiring film following Matt’s gruelling journey through a 487- mile triathlon around the coast of Wales in just 14 days. Exposing both his physical and mental strength, the challenge was as much one of endurance, as it was a journey of self-discovery.

A professional skateboarder and stunt performer, Matt also owns the Sleep When You’re Dead Tattoo & Barbour shop in Cardiff and recently opened his own dog-grooming salon, Lemmy’s Chop Shop in Cardiff, named after his beloved Springer Spaniel Lemmy.

 Multi-Michelin Star and 5/5 AA Rosette
winning Chef, Author, and Restaurateur
 Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe is a multi-Michelin star and 5 out of 5 AA Rosette winning chef and restaurateur.  He is a TV favourite and a published author.

Jean-Christophe began his career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France before becoming Private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild and his son Nathanial in Paris at just 19 years of age.

When he moved to the UK in 1983 he worked in several well-known establishments including The Chewton Glen but Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely in 1989 when invited by Keith Floyd to take charge of ‘The Maltsters’ as the Chef Patron, leading to his move to the Gordleton Mill in Hampshire where he won his first Michelin star after only one year. In 1994 Jean Christophe was offered the position of head chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park lane with another Michelin star immediately!

In1996 Jean-Christophe began the foundations for a mini empire of 7 establishments across the UK, France and South Africa. The first of which was his award winning Maison Novelli in Clarkenwell Green.  Followed shortly after by a second venture in Mayfair in which he gained his fourth Michelin Star.

In 2005 Jean-Christophe opened The Novelli Cookery School at the 14th Century Crouchmoor Farm in Hertfordshire with his wife Michelle. The Academy, once voted one of the top 25 cookery schools in the world, attracts food lovers from across the globe. His passion for passing on his wealth of culinary knowledge to others is legendary and has led the cookery school to increase in popularity ever since. His cookery courses, demonstrations, and corporate entertaining are enjoyed around the world. 

Jean-Christophe loves to share anecdotes from his exciting career and is a great demand as a corporate host and speaker. He has catered for Heads of State, Royalty such as Princess Anne, Hollywood actors, Rock Stars and highly recognised names around the world including his mum!  A keen athlete Jean-Christophe likes to keep fit. He is a Tri- athlete and a proud father of 4. 

In Spring 2018, Jean-Christophe opened a brasserie restaurant “Novelli at City Quays” in Belfast. 

Jean-Christophe Novelli was one of the fugitives on “Celebrity Hunted 2019” which aired on C4.  Millions watched him and fellow celebrities beat “the Hunters” and raise huge amounts for ‘Stand Up To Cancer’

In March 2021, Jean-Christophe Novelli was awarded an honorary MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his many acts of ‘voluntary and charitable service’.


Bake Off Fave, Karen Wright

Karen featured in the 2018 series of the Great British Bake Off. Karen has been busy demonstrating at food festivals all over the country, impressing audiences with her humour as well as her bakes and holding classes as part of her Bake with a Legend line-up. 

Annie’s Burger Shack, Annie

Born and raised in Rhode Island in New England U.S.A, Annie grew up down the road from where the first ever diners started.

She moved to Nottingham in 1994 and started Annie’s Burger Shack in 2009; her love of Real Ale started here, in the midlands, and with the perfect combination of Real Slow Cask Ales and handcrafted traditional American burgers, the Burger Shack dining experience was born!

With her own Burger Shack & Freehouse, she was able to combine the best of both worlds; delicious handcrafted burgers and a fantastic range of individually selected Real Ales that are chosen by her, not a brewery!

Her burgers reflect the traditional way they were made twenty years ago (and even further back!). Made in the authentic American way; fresh and seasoned to the grill, combined with a modern and ethically inclusive twist.

Teresa Bovey,
Demonstrator, Home Economist & Author

Nottinghamshire’s own Teresa Bovey releases her first cookbook, and it’s a stunner

Combining over 40 years of experience as a home economist and her love of cooking, demonstrating, recipe creating and teaching, Teresa’s new book ‘Made for Spring & Summer’ not only showcases over 60 delicious recipes, but also shares practical hints and tips from recipe tweaking to gadgets.

Teresa says, “Although I’ve produced or been involved in cookbooks in the past for others, producing one under my own name has always been a goal, and having worked ‘back of house’ prepping and cooking for some of the world’s most famous chefs I was ready for this next chapter.”

Teaming up with designer/photographer Jon Rogers, Creative Director of Createinn and Founder of Nottinghamshire’s Made Lifestyle magazine, the opportunity to create something visually stunning with the attention it deserves became apparent.

“It was a great opportunity to collaborate and a rare occurrence to have creative freedom with photography, layout, illustration, navigation and print finishes. It’s made it so much more personal and a real show-piece we’re proud of.”

Through the collaboration with Made magazine the ‘Made with Teresa Bovey’ concept was born. And with the first edition now published, many more concepts are in the pipeline.

A limited number of first edition copies will be available at Festival of Food & Drink – Teresa has worked with the Festival for 8 years and is delighted to have a demonstration each day and will also be popping over to The Made Magazine Stall for signings.  The first edition book will be available at the festival for just £10 don’t miss your copy!


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