TALKS & DEMOS sponsored by Wenlock Spring

The stars are aligning at Shrewsbury Food Festival.
Our award-winning event will welcome TV stars, Michelin stars and Shropshire stars on June 24th & 25th.
Among those taking part in the event are TV Chef Sally Bee, who cooks for ITV's Lorraine. She’ll be joined by Michelin star holders Nathan Eades, from Simpsons, at Birmingham, which is one of the Top 50 restaurants in the UK, and Stephane Borie, from the starred Checkers Restaurant, in Montgomery.
Shropshire stars will also feature, including Chris Burt, who spent 20 years making The Peach Tree one of the region’s best-loved independent restaurants, and ***-AA Rosette holder Karl Martin, from Old Downton Lodge, who has won a slew of awards.

All the chefs on our Wenlock Spring Demonstration Stage will be modelling aprons from the amazing Ridson & Ridson. Luxury aprons made in the heart of Shrewsbury.

Ridson & Ridson are two generations bringing together their creative strengths and ideas. Mother and sons – Carla, Alex and James – they each have a clear design perspective. Founder Carla has a background in textiles, sewing and making – mixed with a passion for traditional craftsmanship and a love of modern design. Alex is the leather worker with a natural talent for working raw materials into beautiful pieces. James is behind the branding, web design and is part-time photographer.

Their aim has always been to produce something that has style and practicality, delivered with the finest materials. They are unique in their features and are built to last.

Come and get your hands on this unique crafted aprons and bags in the retail stalls on site!

Wenlock  Spring Demonstration Stage
 
Saturday 24th


11am - ‘Getting Fishy With It’ - with Ian Cornall of Shropshires Top Fishmonger ‘Barkworths Seafoods’
Ian Cornall is a regular sight for visitors to Shrewsbury Market. He’s run the fish stall there for many years, providing the freshest catch of the day to local shoppers. He’s also no stranger to Shrewsbury Food Festival and will be making a welcome return.
 
12pm - ‘Born & Bread’ - with Shropshires No.1 Fifth generation baker Robert Swift
Robert Swift’s family have more than 150 years’ experience of baking. They founded their company in a different age and have run shops in Shropshire and Staffordshire in the intervening years. Rob has been a mainstay at the festival. Don’t miss his demonstration.
 
1pm – ‘Star Turn’ – with Nathan Eades
Nathan Eades is one of the UK’s best chefs. He formerly worked at Fishmore Hall before opening his own restaurant. Soon after, he landed the coveted head chef’s job at Simpson’s, in Edgbaston, which has held a Michelin star since 2000. It is presently ranked in the Top 50 restaurants in the UK and Eades’ star is continuing to rise.
 
2pm - 'In Clover' - with Clover Hutson
In the last seven years Clover has provided over 400 demonstrations
to both corporate clients and government campaigns at a large array of events across the UK. She has extensive experience working as
a lead demonstration chef for clients that include Fisher and Paykel and Napolean Barbecue’s.
 
3pm - ‘Alice In Wonderland’ – with Vicky Enderson
Innovative industry leaders MSK supply ingredients to the best-known chefs in the UK. Their smorgasbord of cutting edge ingredients puts the razzamatazz into starry dishes cooked by stellar talents. Vicky Enderson will be making her Shrewsbury Food Festival debut and expect culinary fireworks from a unique expert.
 
4pm -  'The Best of Shropshire' - Andrew Birch
Andrew Birch is a real Shropshire star. He moved to Shropshire two
years ago to take over the kitchens at Fishmore Hall. Previously Senior Sous Chef of the 3-AA Rosette and Michelin-starred Montague Arms in Hampshire, Birch joined Acorn Award winner and owner of the boutique hotel, Laura Penman, to re-launch Forelles restaurant for Spring 2015.
 
Sunday 25th
 
11am - ‘Downton Meets The Abbey’ – with Karl Martin
Karl Martin runs the best restaurant in Shropshire. The highly regarded chef is at the pass each day at Old Downton Lodge, near Ludlow, where he selects the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. Karl has made a huge impact on the county’s culinary scene since his arrival and we’re delighted the ***-AA rosette will be joining us.
 
12pm - 'Wild Shropshire' - with James Sherwin
James Sherwin is the chef behind the Wild Shropshire concept. A series of pop up restaurants based on the ethos of local produce and foraging. A Popup idea that looks to make the most of all of the countryside, not just the bits that grow behind fences.
Wild Shropshire doesn't just pay lip service to the idea of being local, it is at the heart of every part of every dish.
Wild Shropshire is more than a connection to Shropshire’s rural character. It’s a connection to the land’s deep, rich history. As such, it offers an innovative and immersive approach to food, locality and seasonality.
 
1pm – ‘Off The Cuff’ with Chris Burt
Shrewsbury chef Chris Burt has been branching out in recent years, after helping to raise the profile of the town’s Peach Tree, Momo No Ki and Havana Republic Restaurants. He’s become a development chef for a major food producer and is much in demand around the UK. The globe-trotting chef will have a few tricks up his sleeve for his mainstage demo.
 
2pm - ‘Beelicious’ - with Top TV Cook ‘Sally Bee’
TV star Sally Bee is watched by an audience of millions on ITV’s Lorraine. Her healthy approach to cooking is a lifestyle choice because she’s remarkably survived five heart attacks due to a rare congenital condition. Former model Sally is launching a new book, Beelicious, and we’re delighted she’s headlining to share the news.
 
3pm - ‘Michelin Marvels’ from Stephane Borie
Michelin star holder Stephane Borie is the only chef in Shropshire and Mid-Wales to hold a Michelin star. And boy oh boy, does he deserve it. Having worked at Michel Roux’s Waterside for many years, he’s become a star in his own right with his delightful Montgomery restaurant winning plaudits. He’ll be demoing dishes from his book, The Frenchman And The Farmer’s Daughters.
 
4pm - ‘Loopy Food’ – with Dan Smith
Top local chef Dan Smith is a Shropshire star. He runs the pass at one of Shrewsbury’s favourite haunts, The Loopy Shrew, where he serves seasonal dishes with a twist. Dan has worked at a number of local restaurants and gradually built his reputation. Expect big flavours and a big personality from the fast-improving cook.

All the chefs on our Wenlock Spring Demonstration Stage will be modelling aprons from the amazing Ridson & Ridson. Luxury aprons made in the heart of Shrewsbury.

Ridson & Ridson are two generations bringing together their creative strengths and ideas. Mother and sons – Carla, Alex and James – they each have a clear design perspective. Founder Carla has a background in textiles, sewing and making – mixed with a passion for traditional craftsmanship and a love of modern design. Alex is the leather worker with a natural talent for working raw materials into beautiful pieces. James is behind the branding, web design and is part-time photographer.

Their aim has always been to produce something that has style and practicality, delivered with the finest materials. They are unique in their features and are built to last.

Come and get your hands on this unique crafted aprons and bags in the retail stalls on site!

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