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!

Taking to the stage on Sunday 22nd September will be two Great British Bake-Off stars from the 2023 series; winner Matty Edgell and runner-up Josh Smalley, and if that weren’t enough to get your festival juices flowing, best-selling cookery writer Rachel Allen will be sharing some of her wonderful recipes. The full cookery theatre schedules will be announced closer to the date.

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 more 2024 chef announcements.

TV Chef appearances at The Cookery Theatre

Our 2024 TV Chef Line Up so far...

Appearing Saturday 20th

Rosemary Shrager

TV Chef & Author

Appearing Saturday 20th

Phil Vickery

Award-Winning TV Chef & Author

Appearing Saturday 20th

Marcus Bean

TV Chef & Author

Appearing Sat + Sun - Host

Chris Bavin

TV Chef & Author

Appearing Sunday 21st

Rachel Allen

Bestselling Cookery Writer & TV Chef

Appearing Sunday 21st

Josh Smalley

Bake Off Finalist 2023

Appearing Sunday 21st

Matty Edgell

Bake Off Winner 2023

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