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Chef Demonstrations for 2017

No need to book - just turn up and bag a spot.

There will be a series of free chef demonstations at the Northampton Winter Food Festival, a line-up of fabulous cooks who will be sharing their skills throughout the weekend. The demonstrations take place hourly and are free. 

All the chefs will wear microphones and the demonstrations will be shown on large TV screens so you can see everything close up. The chefs will concentrate on using fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal produce to prepare their signature dishes.

Katie Johnson from Wot’s Cooking will host the demo stage. Katie is a farmer turned broadcaster and writer, who worked as a presenter and producer for the BBC for 15 years.

Below is the schedule for 2017. 

SATURDAY


11am: Milton Keynes Cookery School

Milton Keynes Cookery School offers inspiring and practical cookery courses in their purpose built kitchen on the edge of Milton Keynes. Spilt into two brands, Inspired Gourmet offers Cookery Classes, Kids Cookery, Private Parties and Corporate Team Building. Mountain Chefs teaches the skills needed to become a chalet chef / host, and gives all the support needed to secure a Seasonaire role. Whether you are looking to do a cookery class, private party or cooking event, they offer a memorable experience, and are passionate about food and cooking.

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Noon: Giovanna Ryan

2017 Masterchef finalist

Giovanna Ryan shot to fame when she made it down to the last three in the 2017 Masterchef series. She was inspired to cook by her Italian family and many of the dishes she cooked on the show were a homage to her Italian Nonna (grandmother).

Before winning a place on the hit show, the drama school graduate worked as a music and singing teacher. She has now launched a career in cookery. Her mother is also a keen cook and gardener, and Giovanna often cooks with ingredients picked from her mum’s allotment.

Her fiancé is a butcher and, as well as her own business, Little Brixton Kitchen, together they run Butcher and Feast, offering butchery demos along with recipe ideas. She is also one third of Three Girls Cook along with fellow 2017 Masterchef finalists, Lorna Robertson and Alison O’Reilly, offering private dining and supper clubs.

Giovanna will be demonstrating at noon and 3pm on both days of the festival.

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1pm: Carmela Sereno Hayes 

Carmela’s Kitchen in Northampton

Northampton’s Queen of the Italian cuisine, Carmela will demonstrate how to make Pumpkin and amaretto tortellini with sage and browned butter, topped with a crushed amaretti, a delicious Autumnal dish made with fresh pasta.

Born in Bedford to Italian parents who settled in the UK in the late 1950s, Carmela grew up at the apron strings of her mother and grandmother. She trained as a chiropodist but switched to a career in food after launching her own cookery blog.

A mother of four, she is recognised as a pastaia (a specialist pasta maker) and is the author of two cookery books - 'Southern Italian Family Cooking' and ‘A Passion of Pasta - both of which have recently launched in the United States. She is currently researching and writing her third book.

Carmela's mantra is to cook simple, inexpensive, flavoursome food with good quality seasonal ingredients, in keeping with the ‘Cucina Povera’ cooking style of the Italian south, which she teaches in her classes and workshops.
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2pm: Spencer Ollington

Eat With Spencer

Spencer is an award winning chef with a passion for creating fresh, nutritious dishes and on a mission to make mealtimes tasty again. The Milton Keynes 'Chef Of The Year' has spent 23 years working in kitchens, including as Executive Chef at 'Bistro Live.'

Spencer now runs 'Eat with Spencer,' his own business offering bespoke catering for all occasions, corporate events and hospitality, 'pop up' restaurants, sports nutrition courses and holidays, and his show stopper fine dining experience which means you can relax and entertain your dinner party guests whilst he does the shopping, cooking and cleaning!

He is also a judge at the MK Food and Leisure Awards and devised the menu and cooked at their gala awards ceremony. Away from the stove, he is a keen marathon runner and charity fundraiser.

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3pm:

Giovanna Ryan

2017 Masterchef finalist

SUNDAY

11am: Nenette Scrivener

Nenette Chocolates

Nenette is an artisan chocolatier who trained with some of the biggest names in chocolate including award-winning Swiss chocolatier Carlo Melchior whose chocolates you will find in Fortnam and Masons. She has been making her own chocolate for ten years and combines her tempered chocolate with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delicious chocolates and truffles, bars and shapes.

She regularly develops new flavours which naturally change with the seasons and availability of fruits and spirits.  Among her best-selling flavours are Ginger Salted Caramel and Gin and Lemon, and she also makes seasonal favourites such as Gooseberry Fool, Sloe Gin and Treacle Caramel (bonfire toffee!).

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Noon: Giovanna Ryan

2017 Masterchef finalist

Giovanna Ryan shot to fame when she made it down to the last three in the 2017 Masterchef series. She was inspired to cook by her Italian family and many of the dishes she cooked on the show were a homage to her Italian Nonna (grandmother).

Before winning a place on the hit show, the drama school graduate worked as a music and singing teacher. She has now launched a career in cookery. Her mother is also a keen cook and gardener, and Giovanna often cooks with ingredients picked from her mum’s allotment.

Her fiancé is a butcher and, as well as her own business, Little Brixton Kitchen, together they run Butcher and Feast, offering butchery demos along with recipe ideas. She is also one third of Three Girls Cook along with fellow 2017 Masterchef finalists, Lorna Robertson and Alison O’Reilly, offering private dining and supper clubs.

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1pm: Spencer Ollington

Eat With Spencer

Spencer is an award winning chef with a passion for creating fresh, nutritious dishes and on a mission to make mealtimes tasty again. The Milton Keynes 'Chef Of The Year' has spent 23 years working in kitchens, including as Executive Chef at 'Bistro Live.'

Spencer now runs 'Eat with Spencer,' his own business offering bespoke catering for all occasions, corporate events and hospitality, 'pop up' restaurants, sports nutrition courses and holidays, and his show stopper fine dining experience which means you can relax and entertain your dinner party guests whilst he does the shopping, cooking and cleaning!

He is also a judge at the MK Food and Leisure Awards and devised the menu and cooked at their gala awards ceremony. Away from the stove, he is a keen marathon runner and charity fundraiser.

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2pm:Elliot Cantrell

Magee St Bakery in Northampton

Elliot began life as chef and cut his teeth at The French Partridge in Horton and at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Knightsbridge - Pétrus. He is a man who loves a sandwich and returned to his roots in Northampton when he took over the Magee St Bakery on the corner of Magee St and Derby Road in 2015 with his fiancée Alfie Jones.

The couple have very quickly made a name for themselves, serving speciality coffee, handmade pastries and fab sandwiches, made with their own signature bread and an amazing, ever-changing cornucopia of fillings. Northampton’s in-crowd flock there for coffee and cake, pies on Saturday and Scotch Eggs on Sunday, all made freshly in the kitchen and the recipes for which change every week.

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3pm:

Giovanna Ryan

2017 Masterchef finalist

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