We are pleased to present some of the UK’s top chefs at Northampton Food Festival, who will be live in our main stage marquee all day (no extra cost). The programme will be held together by the inimitable Mark Lloyd.
Matt Tebbutt (Sunday Only)
Matt is a British chef and television food presenter best known for presenting shows such as Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and Drop Down Menu, the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and the Good Food channel’s Market Kitchen.
Chris Bavin (Saturday only)
A recognisable face from the popular BBC One series ‘Eat Well for Less’, Chris Bavin is green grocer turned hugely successful TV presenter. Co-presenting alongside Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, the show has gone down a storm as the pair attempt to help families up and down the UK cut down their food bill whilst still maintaining a healthy and tasty diet.
A green grocer by trade, Chris ran his own business, ‘The Naked Grocer’, for six years in which time he twice won the award of ‘National Independent Retailer of the Year’. A huge advocate of the small independent retailers, Chris is often seen on the show championing all that these businesses have to offer.
Shelina Permalloo (Sunday only)
Next in our lineup of chefs at Northampton Food Festival, Shelina won Masterchef in 2012 after wowing the judges with her Mauritian food. She aims to highlight the flavours of Mauritius through her cooking and show that healthy food can be full of flavour.
Valentine Warner (Saturday only)
Another welcome return visit by Valentine Warner. He started his television career on the BBC in Autumn 2008 with What to Eat Now, a cookery programme based on his book of the same name.
BBC bosses dubbed him “the Russell Brand of the kitchen”, an epithet he himself is baffled by. He is affectionately referred to by many as “truffle head” due to his passion for truffles, as seen in episode one of his series, What to Eat Now. Warner’s recipes appeared quite regularly in the “Living” section of the television and radio guide magazine, Radio Times, during the six weeks when his series What to Eat Now was being broadcast on BBC Two. In one of the final recipes which he wrote for the Radio Times “Living” section, he discusses recipes with mackerel, stating that if he could eat only one fish, it would certainly be mackerel. Valentine also writes a recipe feature every month for olive magazine.
Valentine has written two bestselling books to tie in with his BBC2 series – What to Eat Now and What to Eat Now – More Please!
The Craft Beer Boys (both days)
Brad and Jonny are founders of the Craft Beer Channel, a youtube channel with a huge global following dedicated to great beer and good food. They travel the world finding the world’s best brews and the secrets behind them, then finding food matches or even cooking with them. They met while working in Jamie Oliver’s digital team and bonded over their love of beer and burgers, and have been drinking buddies ever since. They are now two of the country’s foremost experts in beer, travelling the world to make films, speak at conferences and try to project an air of sobriety against all the odds.