THE SHROPSHIRE DISTILLERY TALKS AND DEMOS STAGE

Every year, we draw up a wishlist of people who we’d like to get to the Shropshire Distillery Demonstration Stage. And this year, we pretty much got the lot. There’s a perfect blend of recognisable Celebrity Chefs, Michelin Starred cooks and the best of Shropshire and its hinterland.

All the chefs who are on our Shropshire Distillery  Demonstration Stage model aprons from the amazing Ridson & Ridson. Luxury aprons made in the heart of Shrewsbury.

Saturday 4th September

11.00 am Rob Gibson, Roots and Wings 

Roots and Wings hold pop-ups and dine ins. Every experience is all about his amazing food. From lockdown takeaways to a 5-star dinner party, three-course meals that can be created in 30 mins, this man does it all!


12.00 pm Murf from the Beefy Boys


2021 - the year the Beefy Boys came to Shrewsbury and we couldn’t be more pleased to also welcome them to the festival for the first time too! Murf, one of the original Beefy Boys, will be joining us to show you the secrets behind the best burgers!


1.00 pm James Sherwin - The Wild Chef 

James is an experimental chef, keen forager and the owner of Wild Shropshire based in Whitchurch. As a keen advocate of all things local, this demo will have homegrown ingredients.


2.30 pm Stuart Collins - Docket No.33


Finalist of Great British Menu, Winner of Central Region and great friend of the festival. Stuart will be championing the amazing growers and producers of Shropshire to create some truly delicious dishes.


3.00 pm The Hungry Guy


Steve is a live-fire chef who loves to showcase the amazing produce local to us here in Shropshire. His no-nonsense approach to cooking is to use the best ingredients available and look for ways to enhance and intensify their natural flavours, and introduce smoke and fire to create the kind of food that he wants to eat. Expect big bold flavours, high calories and no messing about!


4.00 pm Chris Burt – The Mytton and Mermaid


Our Festival Head Chef and chef stage curator will be showcasing some of his immense talents. The award-winning Executive Head Chef at the Mytton and Mermaid has gained AA Rosette for culinary excellence. The Mytton and Mermaid pride themselves on using Shropshire produce and update their menu to reflect the changing seasons. We can’t wait to see what Chris has up his sleeve this year!

Sunday  5th September

11.00am Csons

Four Crouch brothers (The CSONS) have an addiction to great food and drink. Their commitment to local food is to treat it with the respect it deserves – the result is simple unpretentious, globally inspired food that shouts about the ingredients and reflects the seasons. Come and watch one of the towns favourite venues at work.


12.00 pm Paul Crowe


A chef for nearly 25 years, Paul’s career has taken him up and down the country where he’s worked with some of the best in the business including Gordon Ramsay, Michael Roux Snr and James Martin to
name but a few. Shropshire has claimed him as our own and we are proud to welcome him back.

1.00pm Gennaro Addagio

It’s a family affair with the Head Chef of Shrewbury’s amazing restaurant, La Dolce Vita. With Mum managing the kitchen and Dad  front of house. The team constantly strive for perfection and the result is AMAZING food!


2.00pm Jean Christophe Novelli

The multi-Michelin star and 5 out of 5 AA Rosette winning chef and restaurateur who has catered for Heads of State, Royalty, and renowned personalities around the world, will be giving an expert demonstration.

3.00 pm Anton Mortiboy – Henry Tudor House


With its home in one of the oldest, most historic half-timbered buildings in Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House is a lover of tradition. Whether that’s hearty stews, delicate souffle, or perfectly seared steaks – they are celebrators of flavour, quality, authenticity, and culinary innovation. We can’t wait to see what Anton Mortiboy brings to the festival!

4.00 pm Lajina Leal – Lajina Masala


Lajina is the master of creating tantalisingly spicy and authentic Indian cuisine. Lajina Masala produces spice mixes and provides lessons in making fresh, affordable, and perfectly
seasoned Indian food. Her passion for cooking is infectious, and she will show you how to prepare unforgettable dishes, bursting with deep aromatic-spicy flavours.

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