Celebrity Chefs on the Menu at Foodie Festival
Visitors to one of Wales’ biggest food festivals are in for a culinary feast with a two day programme of demonstrations and masterclasses by top celebrity and local chefs.
Mold Food & Drink Festival returns to the town on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. Recognised as one of the best food lovers’ festivals in Wales, over 13,000 people attended last year and organisers are anticipating similar numbers again.
The large cookery theatre is a mainstay of the festival and has played host to numerous celebrity and local chefs over the years. Headlining the programme of events on Sunday will be Nick Nairn, a celebrity chef renowned for his wealth of culinary expertise. Owner of the highly acclaimed Nick Nairn Cook Schools in Scotland, Nick is also an esteemed food consultant, writer and TV presenter.
He taught himself the skills that led to him becoming Scotland’s youngest Michelin-starred chef at his first restaurant, Braeval, in the Trossachs. He later went on to open Nairns restaurant in Glasgow to international acclaim.
Nick’s television work includes a regular slot on Landward, as well as appearances on The One Show, and This Morning. He has made several series of Paul & Nick’s Big Food Trip with fellow chef Paul Rankin, who starred at the festival last year. The pair travel around the coasts of Scotland, Ireland and the East Coast of the US, tasting food and cooking up a meal for local residents.
He has published ten cookery books with sales in excess of 500,000 copies and also has his own range of oatcakes and gluten free products.
On Saturday award-winning celebrity chef, Graham Tinsley MBE, a favourite with regular visitors to the Festival, will take centre stage.
Graham is the executive chef at Carden Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Cheshire and heads up the North Wales Culinary Guild, an association comprising some of the best chefs from across the region.
He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to the Welsh food industry and he is often asked to cook for the Queen and members of the Royal family at state occasions.
On St. David’s Day, for the second year running, Graham and chefs from the Guild had the honour of cooking for the Prime Minister and dignitaries at No 10 Downing Street.
Graham will be joined by a team of chefs from the Guild for a day of superb cookery masterclasses incorporating locally sourced ingredients. A selection of recipes compiled by Graham and the team for the Festival’s new Flavours of Flintshire recipe book will be demonstrated during the course of the day, and visitors will be able to purchase signed copies in between demos.
John Les Tomos, Festival Chairman said: “The celebrity chefs provide entertaining and creative cookery demonstrations for our visitors and are very popular. I’m delighted that we will have a day of cooking dedicated to showcasing the amazing variety of produce from the local area, that’s very exciting. We will also be welcoming chefs from local restaurants to the stage to demonstrate their speciality dishes.
“There will be plenty more for visitors to enjoy including over 120 food and drink exhibitors with many new to us this year, children’s cookery sessions, and live music. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend!”
The full cookery theatre programme, including the line up of local chefs appearing over the weekend, will be announced shortly.