Foodie Favourite John Torode headlines Clumber Park’s Festival of Food and Drink

Foodie favourite John Torode is back by popular demand to headline this year’s Festival of Food and Drink, held for the seventh year at Clumber Park on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. 

Chef, TV presenter, judge of BBC’s MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, and a regular on ITV’s This Morning, John will once again bring a stunning menu of recipes for live demonstrations as well as signing his cook books and joining VIP guests for an exclusive ‘meet and greet’. 

John made his Clumber Park debut back in 2015, sharing recipes from his bestselling book My Kind of Food and delighting fans with his behind the scenes stories. He returned the following year to support his fiancé Lisa Faulkner, with whom he now presents John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen on ITV.

John, who will appear at Clumber Park on Sunday 15th September, joined the Conran Group in 1992, starting out at Pont de La Tour before becoming Sous Chef at Quaglino’s. In 1995, John became Head Chef for the launch of Mezzo in Soho.

He opened Smiths of Smithfield in 2000 in the heart of Smithfield Market, followed by The Luxe, which opened at Spitalfields Market in 2009.

His other TV shows include John Torode’s Australia, a culinary road trip across Australia, which was followed by the Malaysian AdventureJohn Torode’s Korean Food TourJohn Torode’s Asia, and A Cook Abroad: John Torode’s Argentina. This inspired his latest cook book John Torode’s Sydney to Seoul. 

John said: I had such a great time at Clumber Park a few years ago, I can’t wait to come back. Looking forward to meeting the locals and trying the local produce.”

Also appearing over the weekend are MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 winner Laurence Henry, EpiVegan Brett Cobley, and Chef, Food Journalist and author Rachel Green.

Festival of Food and Drink organiser Bev Channell said: “We can’t wait to welcome John back to Clumber Park. He is full of enthusiasm, not only for the recipes he shares, but also the producers he meets at the Festival. With Laurence, Brett and Rachel also on the menu, it’s a very tasty line-up.”

With 150 mouth-watering producers showcasing their food and drink, The Festival of Food and Drink is the biggest event of its kind in the region. Its festival vibe is enhanced by live music throughout the weekend, with the stage area surrounded by Street Food vendors and Pop-Up Cafes.

VIP tickets are available for just £15 and include priority parking, fast track entry, access to the VIP marquee with seating, an exclusive celebrity ‘meet and greet’ and a fabulous goody bag. 

Ticket prices start from just £7 in advance with free admission into Clumber Park included (usually £5 per person), offering a fantastic saving. Children aged five years and under are also admitted free. Family tickets are available, with entry for two adults and two children up to the age of 16 years, from £20.