We have a host of visiting and local chefs planned for 2019 but we are still in the middle of booking everyone. We will be adding lots more chefs as and when they are confirmed, so please keep checking back. There will be three cookery stages with different demonstrations going on all weekend.
All the chefs are free to watch and no bookings are neccessary - just roll up and take a seat.
A full timetable will be published before the festival weekend.
Saturday 13th July
We are excited to welcome Candice Brown to the festival. Candice won the 2016 The Great British Bake Off and will be taking to the stage to demonstrate live baking and cooking demonstrations.
Since her GBBO victory, she has been extremely busy with a diverse range of projects and wrote her first book "Comfort" which was released in 2017. The recipes are easy to make and "no nonsense" for a variety of occassions, including baking with kids, afternoon tea, savoury bakes and "fancier" recipes for the weekend.
Sunday 14th July
We are delighted to welcome the fabulous Rosemary Shrager to the 2019 festival. 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. She regularly appears on popular television series the Real Marigold Hotel and in 2017 was a much loved judge on The Big Family Cooking showdown.
Not only is Rosemary an outstanding chef, she also brings her own brand of humour and entertainment to the stage. You can be sure of plenty of laughs along with fabulous cooking
Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk
Tuddneham Mill's Suffolk-born and bred Chef-Patron Lee Bye is one of the UK's most promising talents in the hospitality field. Holding the honour of the only 3 AA Rosette restaurant in Suffolk and being named Suffolk's best restaurant by the Good Food Guide for the third year running, are just a few of his recent accolades. Lee's style of cooking is rugged, unpretentious and uncompromisingly ingredient led with local produce used in abundance.
FOOD by John Lawson, Leigh on Sea
Westminster trained John Lawson started his career at La Manior Aux Quat Saisons. His training with Raymond Blanc saw him go on to work in two and three Michelin star restaurants in France, UK, USA and Australia. John has also been a private chef for the Sultan of Oman.
In May 2015, John suffered a life changing injury which led him to change not only his lifestyle but the way he cooks food. In June 2017 John opened his restaurant in Leigh on Sea - FOOD by John Lawson; a restaurant that represents real food, locally sourced and focused on health and wellbeing.
Grand Trunk Road
Sunday 14th July
At the helm of South Woodford's Grand Trunk Road, and with more than 28 years of knowledge and experience, Chef Dayashankamr Sharma's work has helped to establish the image of a range of high-profile names and outlets, while his time at India's Taj Hotel saw him design and complete a host of events and state banquets for foreign Presidents, Dignitaries and Luminaries.
Chef Sharma has an impeccable reputation and has become recognised for pairing time-honoured tradition with contemporary ideas and stylings.
Grand Trunk Road won Best Asian Restaurant of the Year at the Asian Curry Awards 2018.