21st + 22nd September 2024

Now in its 11th year, Festival of Food & Drink’s Cookery Theatre has hosted some of the biggest names including TV favourites, world renowned chefs and some with too many Michelin stars to count!

Our 2023 line-up included renowned British chef, TV presenter and food writer, Matt Tebbutt the current host of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. Matt Pritchard, also known as The Dirty Vegan, returned in 2023, having proved himself as a huge hit with audiences in 2021. Cherish Finden, The Bake Off Professional Judge and Bake Off Finalist Janusz Domagala appeared with Chris Bavin – Chef, Tv Presenter and Author as the Saturday Host. The Sunday line-up included baking extraordinaire and Great British Bake Off fan favourite, Sandro. Sandro is a passionate baker, with years of experience, who won the nation’s hearts in the 2022 series of the baking competition. Chariya – MasterChef Champion 2023 and Joe Hurd – TV Chef and Presenter was our host for Sunday. You can find out more about them below.

Once you have bought your ticket to get into Festival of Food and Drink, it’s FREE to get into the Cookery Theatre to see our guests!

Our Cookery Theatre Marquee has over 500 seats so make sure you grab yours so you don’t miss seeing our great name guests to get hints and tips for cooking up your own delicious dishes! Watch this space for 2024 chef announcements.

Celebrity Chef appearances at The Cookery Theatre

Our 2023 line up was amazing!

Appeared Saturday 16th

Matt Pritchard

Dirty Vegan, Celebrity Cook, Author + TV

Appeared Saturday 16th

Cherish Finden

Bake Off The Professional Judge

Appeared Saturday 16th

Janusz Domagala

Bake Off Finalist

Saturday Host

Chris Bavin

Chef, TV Presenter and Author

Appeared Sunday 17th

Matt Tebbutt

TV presenter, Chef & Author

Appeared Sunday 17th


MasterChef Champion 2023

Appeared Sunday 17th


Bake Off Finalist

Sunday Host

Joe Hurd

TV Chef and Presenter

In 2022 we were delighted to have guests including Bake-Off Finalist Chigs Parmar. MasterChef Winner 2022 Eddie Scott and Author Rosemary Shrager, joined us on Saturday. Chef, TV Presenter and Author John Whaite, TV Chef & Author Chef Philli and MasterChef Finalist Pookie were with us on Sunday as well as the amazing TV Chef and Author Joe Hurd was with us for the whole weekend as our Cookery Theatre Host. Remember once you have bought your entry ticket to the festival you can see our guest line up in the Cookery Theatre as part of the entry price! No additional charges.

In 2021 we added Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard, TV’s Joe Hurd, Bake Off’s Karen Wright and Jean Christophe Novelli to it’s growing roster of guests who have appeared at the festival. Our previous guests including Masterchefs John Torode, Rosemary Shrager, This Mornings Phil Vickery, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Lisa Faulkner, Great British Bake off judge Paul Hollywood, TV’s Chris Bavin, Epivegan Brett Cobbley, MasterChef Champion Laurence Henry, Great British Bake Off finalists John Whaite, Jane Beedle, Stacy Stewart, Andrew Smyth and Ed Kimber, TV Chef and Food Campaigner Rachel Green, Master Chef Finalist Dhruv Baker, Michelin Star Chef and author John Burton Race, Master Chef Winner Jane Devonshire, Food Specialist Teresa Bovey and many more.

Take a look at our Celebrity Chef Cookery Theatre gallery