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

TV CHEF,
ROSEMARY SHRAGER

Rosemary will appear on Saturday 17th with her fun but no-nonsense approach to cooking, in the free-to-attend Cookery Theatre with host and TV chef Joe Hurd. “I’m delighted to be coming back to Clumber Park,” said Rosemary, “This event is always such fun with great crowds and excellent produce on offer. I’m looking forward to bringing some of my new recipes to the Cookery Theatre for all to enjoy.” Rosemary endeared herself to the nation when she took part in ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ where she proved she could cook just about anything, anywhere. Since then, she has appeared on shows such as The Real Marigold Hotel, Chopping Block, The Big Family Cooking Showdown and most recently ITV’s Cooking with the Stars, mentoring Strictly judge Anton Du Beke.

MASTERCHEF WINNER 2022,
EDDIE SCOTT

This year’s BBC MasterChef Champion Eddie Scott has joined the tasty menu of celebrity chefs appearing in the Cookery Theatre at the Festival of Food and Drink. A former marine pilot, Eddie overcame fierce competition to be crowned MasterChef Champion in May with his cooking described as “daring, adventurous, and a culinary powerhouse” by judge John Torode, while fellow judge Gregg Wallace said he was “born to cook”.

Eddie will appear on Saturday 17th September, replacing Ella Mills who will no longer be appearing due to unforeseen circumstances. Eddie left his job of eight years after winning the BBC series and is now focusing on his love of food and hopes to write a cookbook as well as gaining more experience in professional kitchen. He explains: “I love to cook the Punjabi dishes I grew up eating with my family. But my real passion is the great Mughlai cuisine: the historic royal dishes of Old Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad. With a love for classic French and Indian cookery, I like to experiment with the two cuisines, creating my own fusion of the two fascinating foodie cultures.”

BAKE OFF FINALIST,
CHIGS PARMAR

The Great British Bake Off finalist Chigs Parmar is the first chef on the menu for this year’s Festival of Food and Drink, held at Nottinghamshire’s Clumber Park on Saturday 17thand Sunday 18th September 2022.

Chigs, who lives in nearby Leicester, will appear in the popular Cookery Theatre, which is free to all ticket holders, giving demonstrations on the Saturday of the two-day event for food lovers of all ages.

A self-taught baker and a huge foodie, Chigs received star baker twice and two Hollywood handshakes whilst on series 12 of the Channel 4 show. He went on to reach the final, after only learning to bake in the first lockdown. He attracted a large following during the show with his down to earth and relatable personality.

Having never thought he would get so far; he now wants to inspire people to take up new hobbies and do something they love!

MASTERCHEF FINALIST,
POOKIE

BBC MasterChef finalist Pookie Tredell, the Midlands Beauty Salon owner who won a legion of fans from her very first appearance, will make her Clumber Park debut. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Pookie moved to the UK after her degree. “I am Thai with Chinese heritage and although this has a huge influence on my cooking, I don’t limit myself to Thai-Chinese food,” she explains. “I like cooking international foods but love introducing my own style with all the foods I’ve cooked. Most of all I want my food to be flavoursome, delicious, fun and put a smile on people’s faces.”

TV CHEF & AUTHOR,
CHEF PHILLI

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Philli Armitage-Mattin, who entertained the nation with her take on playful Asian-inspired dishes. ‘Chef Philli” started her career in Michelin starred kitchens with the Gordon Ramsay group in the UK, Tokyo and Hong Kong. A Master’s degree in Chemistry has allowed her to design and launch macro-calculated restaurant concepts focusing on nutrition. A keen eye for blue sky concepts was key to working on the plant-based food ranges. With a passion for Asian Street food after having spent a year working and researching across Asia to find unique recipes that would appeal to the Western palate, Philli’s debut cookbook Taste Kitchen: Asia is out now and Philli will have copies to buy at the festival

TV CHEF & AUTHOR,
JOHN WHAITE

John Whaite

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing finalist and The Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite will be bringing some new moves to this year’s Festival of Food and Drink.

The dancing chef, who won the hearts and minds of the British public as he danced with Johannes Radebe on the BBC dancing competition, will appear at Nottinghamshire’s Clumber Park on Sunday 18 September.

John, who is also the resident chef on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, won the third series of The Great British Bake Off and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.

Event organiser Bev Channell said “John is a long-time friend of the Festival and is always popular with our visitors. He always showcases delicious recipes and brings a lot of fun to the demonstrations as well as great advice. We’re thrilled that John is joining us for 2022. Since making the Strictly final, he’s been inundated with offers so it’s a real bonus for us to have him with us in September.”

Known for his inspirational cooking and achievable recipes, John has showcased his skills on shows such as Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager, as well as publishing five recipe books including A Flash in The Pan, Comfort and Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients – his first non-baking cookery book.

“I am really looking forward to returning to Clumber – always wonderful audiences and great company,” said John Whaite. “It will be lovely to have some fun on stage and see everyone out having a good time.”

DEMONSTRATOR, HOME ECONOMIST & AUTHOR
TERESA BOVEY

Will join us across both days of the festival this year.  Teresa has been a professional Home Economist for over 30 years, she enjoys developing and demonstrating recipes that people can easily cook in their own homes. Her Cookery Demonstrations offer the chance to learn simple recipe ideas, a few technical skills and lots of handy hints and tips. Teresa enjoys developing and demonstrating recipes that people can easily cook in their own homes. A trademark of both her cookery demonstrations and her food writing is the time-saving hints and tips she offers to help busy people make delicious, healthy meals with minimum effort. Teresa works with several local food photographers. Food styling , recipe development and cookery video production.  Teresa is a regular contributor to MADE Magazine, with them she has developed her second cookery book which will be available at the festival.

TV CHEF & AUTHOR,
JOE HURD

Host Of The Cookery Theatre for the weekend – Joe Hurd – As a proud Yorkshireman with Italian heritage, Joe Hurd’s interests in cooking were inspired by these influences from day one. Joe’s cooking style is unfussy, accessible, and always about the flavour, and he’s passionate about sharing his knowledge of traditional Italian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques with home cooks.

As a chef, Joe has worked alongside Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo, Francesco Mazzei and the late, great Antonio Carluccio. He’s a regular guest presenter on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen and this year he will host the Cookery Thetare with all its guests across the weekend at festival of Food & Drink.

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