TALKS & DEMOS

Some of the nation’s favourite chefs will take to our Wenlock Spring demonstration stage to dazzle and delight during our fun-filled weekend.

This year we thought we’d do something a little different. In addition to showcasing the most amazing and creative chefs in Shropshire, we thought we’d invite our Welsh cousins to cross the border and show us what they’re made of.

And so prepare to be dazzled by the great and the good of Welsh cuisine. There’s no greater Welsh talent that Stephen Terry, who is a past winner for Wales on Great British Menu and also features regularly on Saturday Kitchen. Terry grew up in Marco Pierre White’s kitchen and featured in his era-defining White Heat cookbook. He owned a flat with Gordon Ramsay, and was his best man, before winning Michelin stars at two restaurants and creating the much-loved Hardwick restaurant, in Abergavenny. Make sure you get along early for his demo – he’s a star performer.

Terry isn’t the only Welsh representative on our stage. Bryan Webb has been cooking for 40 years and holds a Michelin star at Tyddyn Llan. A softly-spoken man, his new book, Not Bad For A Taff, is out in July. Anand George is an adopted Welshman, having been born in Kerala. Expect scintillating flavours from him.

They’ll be mixing it with the best of Shropshire – and make sure you don’t miss debutant Harry Bullock, from The Pound Inn, at Leebotwood. He’s Shropshire’s best young chef and, perhaps a little nervously, will be demoing for the first time.

BBC Radio Shropshire DJ Colin Young and fellow BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Carl Jones will be your hosts. And Wenlock Spring, the water company from Church Stretton, is kindly sponsoring the whole gig. Netherton Foundry – the Shropshire-based company that knots spots off Le Creuset – is sponsoring the pans. And we promise not to nick them, this year. Risdon & Risdon will be making our chefs the best dressed in the business!

Saturday June 25th:

11-11.40am

The New Generation, with Harry Bullock

Teenage cook Harry Bullock learned his trade at Ludlow School before getting snapped up. He presently cooks at The Pound Inn, at Leebotwood, and is destined for a glittering career. You heard about him here first.

Noon-12.40pm

Sweet Saturday, with Matt Parry

Pastry chef Matt Parry is responsible for crafting easy-on-the-eye puds at The Peach Tree, in Shrewsbury. A creative man, he conjures dreamy desserts like yuzu posset and also provides brilliant easy ideas for you at home.

1-1.40pm

Off The Cuff, with Chris Burt

Chris Burt has become Shropshire’s most popular chef. We’re delighted to welcome him back. A force of nature, his Off The Cuff food features at The Peach Tree, Havana Republic and his signature Asian restaurant, Momo No Ki, Chris
will entertain, teach and amuse!

2-2.40pm

MasterChef, with Josh Donachie

Tattooed chef JD became a star name when he featured on BBC TV’s MasterChef, impressing judges along the way. He’s cooked in Shropshire and presently plies his trade over the border in Herefordshire. Expect culinary fireworks.

3-3.40pm

Not Bad For A Taff, with Bryan Webb

Michelin-starred Bryan Webb will be showcasing dishes from his new book, Not Bad For A Taff, which celebrates his 40 years at the stove. Webb is a quiet and reserved man who leaves his food to do the talking. We’re delighted
he agreed to demo with us.

4-4.40pm

James In A Space, with James Sherwin

James is a homegrown success story who’s also enjoyed TV success and who built his career from the ground-floor up, running pop-up cookery sessions in people’s homes. He’s now at House of the Rising Sun creating awesome dishes that he’ll share with us.

Sunday June 26th:

11-11.40am

Middle Farm Breakfast, with Sam Gray and Chris Burt

Rare breed farmer Sam Gray has a smallholding at Middle Farm, in Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She’ll be joining forces with her chef friend Chris Burt to rustle up a brilliant Shropshire breakfast.

Noon-12.40pm

Food from Old Downton Lodge, with Karl Martin

Karl Martin is a man on the way up. The holder of three AA rosettes for culinary excellence, Martin is a true field-to-fork chef who forages for ingredients on his way to the kitchen. Lets see what he picks up on his way into the festival today.

1-1.40pm

Check On – Mofo, with Stephen Terry

The weekend’s headline chef released his debut book, Inspired By, last year. Those who gave their approval included James Martin, Sat Bains, Daniel Clifford, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Andrew Fairlie, among others. Terry is one of Britain’s genuine greats. Get there early.

2-2.40pm

5,000-Mile Journey, with Anand George

Kerala-born chef Anand George cooks at The Purple Poppadom, in Cardiff, and his debut book is published later this year. He brings the concept of fine dining to Indian cuisine and has won a raft of awards. He’s also cooking
onsite throughout the weekend.

3-3.40pm

The Welsh Invasion, with Andrew Birch

Our cover star, Fishmore Hall chef Andrew Birch was born and bred in Wales, moved to Hampshire to work in a Michelin starred kitchen and subsequently won three AA rosettes in Shropshire. He’ll bring the curtain down on Sunday.

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