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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 from 2016. We will be updating the schedule for 2017 soon. 

SATURDAY


11am: Phil Fanning

Paris House in Woburn

Phil Fanning is the multi-award winning Executive Chef and owner at Paris House, a fabled restaurant set in 22 acres of parkland on the Duke of Bedford's estate in Woburn. Phil arrived at Paris House in 2010 and restored its Michelin star a year later - all at the age of 29. Heralded as one of the 'brightest culinary talents in Britain', he mixes modern British techniques with Japanese and Asian influences to create exciting and innovative taste experiences. He will provide a little taste of Paris House style and panache for you on the demo stage.

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Noon: Howard Middleton

Baker and star of 'The Great British Bake Off'

As a contestant on the fourth series of 'The Great British Bake Off,' won the hearts of the Bake Off audience. He immediately caught attention with his first offering - a gluten free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake which is now featured on the BBC Food website and then came missing custard and the infamous Hemp Loaf!

His engaging personality and quirky sense of humour have made him a popular guest panellist on Bake Off's spin-off show 'An Extra Slice'. He's a regular writer for the Great British Chefs website, along with demonstrating his creative approach to gluten-free baking at various shows and festivals, and he also teaches at Hartingtons Artisan Food School in Bakewell, Derbyshire. His first book, 'Delicious Gluten-Free Baking' was published in September 2015.

Howard will be demonstrating at noon and 3pm on both days of the festival. While he cooks, he will be lifting the lid on the secrets of the hit show. His sessions are a must for any Bake Off fan!

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Howard Middleton

1pm: Anita Chipalkatty

Hobby Cooks in Northampton

Anita is a chef, teacher and mother who has a passion for Indian cuisine. She runs 'Hobby Cooks' in Northampton, passing on her knowledge of authentic Indian cooking, gathered from her upbringing and travels as an adult.

Anita is on a mission to inspire and teach the cooking of practical, interesting and delicious meals using fresh produce. “There is no need for complicated ingredients when you have such great spices for taste and aroma,” she says.
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2pm: Nathan Russell

'My Health Hut'

Nathan is Chef/Owner of 'My Health Hut,' a catering company which provides the most amazing fresh 'ready' meals but with balanced, nutrition in mind. Cooking professionally for over 15 years in a range of different styled restaurants and eateries, Nathan left college with a professional chefs diploma before working around the world, including restaurants in France, tapas diners in Spain and even street food vendors in Thailand and India.

Returning to the UK, he spent six years as second chef and head chef in fine dining restaurants across England, all the time keeping active in the gym. It was only when he began training in Martial Arts that the importance of balanced nutrition and variety in diet became so obvious to him, and 'My Health Hut' was born.

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3pm: Howard Middleton

Baker and star of 'The Great British Bake Off'

As a contestant on the fourth series of 'The Great British Bake Off,' won the hearts of the Bake Off audience. He immediately caught attention with his first offering - a gluten free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake which is now featured on the BBC Food website and then came missing custard and the infamous Hemp Loaf!

His engaging personality and quirky sense of humour have made him a popular guest panellist on Bake Off's spin-off show 'An Extra Slice'. He's a regular writer for the Great British Chefs website, along with demonstrating his creative approach to gluten-free baking at various shows and festivals, and he also teaches at Hartingtons Artisan Food School in Bakewell, Derbyshire. His first book, 'Delicious Gluten-Free Baking' was published in September 2015.

Howard will be demonstrating at noon and 3pm on both days of the festival. While he cooks, he will be lifting the lid on the secrets of the hit show. His sessions are a must for any Bake Off fan!

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SUNDAY

11am: Margarita Pap

'Tasty Kitchen' cookery school in Great Oxendon

Margarita runs 'Tasty Kitchen,' her cookery school based in Great Oxendon, Market Harborough. Born and raised in Vancouver - in 2006 Margarita moved to London. 7 years later, she finally mustered up the courage to pursue her dream of cooking having fallen in love with food growing up in the family restaurant surrounded by fantastic cooks.

She left the world of advertising to teach cookery classes in Kent and London - Margarita was hooked! Alongside the classes, she began a food business too - selling her authentic taste of real North American style fruit pies. Her strawberry and rhubarb was awarded a gold star by the Great Taste Awards this year.

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Noon: Howard Middleton

Baker and star of 'The Great British Bake Off'

As a contestant on the fourth series of 'The Great British Bake Off,' won the hearts of the Bake Off audience. He immediately caught attention with his first offering - a gluten free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake which is now featured on the BBC Food website and then came missing custard and the infamous Hemp Loaf!

His engaging personality and quirky sense of humour have made him a popular guest panellist on Bake Off's spin-off show 'An Extra Slice'. He's a regular writer for the Great British Chefs website, along with demonstrating his creative approach to gluten-free baking at various shows and festivals, and he also teaches at Hartingtons Artisan Food School in Bakewell, Derbyshire. His first book, 'Delicious Gluten-Free Baking' was published in September 2015.

Howard will be demonstrating at noon and 3pm on both days of the festival. While he cooks, he will be lifting the lid on the secrets of the hit show. His sessions are a must for any Bake Off fan!

Read more

1pm: Carmela Sereno Hayes 

Carmela’s Kitchen in Northampton

Carmela was born in Bedford to Italian parents who settled in the UK in the late 1950s. Today, half of Carmela’s family have made their way back to Italy, where they carry on the local traditions and cooking styles.

This remains a constant point of reference for Carmela, an Italian food writer and cookery teacher who holds her heritage close to her heart, teaching her 'Cucina Povera' cooking style at her classes and workshops.

Carmela's mantra is to cook simple, inexpensive, flavoursome food with good quality seasonal ingredients. 2014 saw the release of her first cookery book 'Southern Italian Family Cooking' and Carmela is working on recipes for her new title on Pasta & Sauces. Her passion is the family, especially her four children, and making pasta!
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2pm: Jen Charlton

Masterchef semi-finalist 2016

Jen, from Milton Keynes, was a semi-finalist on this year’s Masterchef. A keen cook and baker with a passion for pastry, desserts, British and Asian food, Jen surprised the judges, including chef Marcus Wareing, by giving them a fish they'd never had before - Nepalese Momos with a Thai coconut soup. 

Her love of food comes from her father, but didn't start to seriously learn to cook until she met her husband and now she writes recipes for MK news as a Columnist. Follow her on Twitter @jenlcharlton 

Jen Charlton

3pm: Howard Middleton

Baker and star of 'The Great British Bake Off'

As a contestant on the fourth series of 'The Great British Bake Off,' won the hearts of the Bake Off audience. He immediately caught attention with his first offering - a gluten free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake which is now featured on the BBC Food website and then came missing custard and the infamous Hemp Loaf!

His engaging personality and quirky sense of humour have made him a popular guest panellist on Bake Off's spin-off show 'An Extra Slice'. He's a regular writer for the Great British Chefs website, along with demonstrating his creative approach to gluten-free baking at various shows and festivals, and he also teaches at Hartingtons Artisan Food School in Bakewell, Derbyshire. His first book, 'Delicious Gluten-Free Baking' was published in September 2015.

Howard will be demonstrating at noon and 3pm on both days of the festival. While he cooks, he will be lifting the lid on the secrets of the hit show. His sessions are a must for any Bake Off fan!

Read more

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