star is among top cooks heading to Burnham Food Festival
Food and Drink Festival returns to the town centre this coming Saturday
(October 22nd) and will include a top line-up of chefs including
Apprentice star Alana Spencer.
ninth festival will feature stalls from over 100 local food and
drink producers from across the area, plus live music and demonstrations
through the day.
event, which runs from 9am-4pm, will feature five great chefs cooking
up great demos with very different styles.
up at 11am is Manveena Walia, founder of Somerset Curry Club and
head chef of Guddi and Gikki in Taunton High Street.
up in Amritsar, she firmly believes in taking the great tasting
spices that she grew up with and using the best fresh ingredients
from the countryside. She and her family have brought the most authentic
flavours to Somerset and will be sharing her restaurant kitchen
secrets with festival visitors.
at 12 noon Justin Reeves takes to the stage. Justin, of Reeves Restaurant
in Dunster and winner of Somerset Life's Best Chef award for the
last two years.
and his wife, Claire, received an unheard of 10/10 from The Times
critic Giles Coren in their first year of opening. Justin will be
cooking Wild Minehead Bay sea bass, coconut & lemongrass risotto
with a pea shoot and walnut pesto. Justin
told us: "I love to take local produce and combine it with
ingredients you might not expect. This dish works beautifully and
the coconut risotto is so easy to make."
up at 1pm the festival welcomes Liam Finnegan, Head Chef at The
Castle, Taunton. Liam is an award-winning chef whose approach to
cooking ensures ingredients are celebrated and the flavours sing
said: "As a chef, the seasonal transitions are so important
and late summer / early autumn is my favourite."
so many fantastic ingredients available, its tough to not
will be cooking with the finest ingredients from the festival, creating
dishes from the menus from The Castle's two restaurants.
Apprentice star Alana Spencer, right, will also be demonstrating
on the KDS Fresh Ideas Stage at 2pm. Alana, an accomplished baker,
will be showcasing her baking skills that have helped her build
up Narna's Cakes.
said: "I have been baking since I was a little girl. Enjoying
creating new recipes and even once trying a cheddar
cheesecake (that one wasnt a success). The cakes I make now
are tried and tasted. I hope you enjoy eating them as much as I
enjoy baking them."
chefs' demonstrations will be introduced and compered by Ben Forte
and Daniel Shahin of UnitedQ, pictured below.
and Dan are people behind United Q - the only Barbecue Radio Podcast
in the UK, but they will be proving they are far more than the 'BBQ
Boys' at their 3pm demo stage takeover.
the day they will be bringing some humor, asking the questions that
maybe you are too nervous to ask and spilling the beans on their
recent Channel 4 cookery show experience.
organiser Sarah Milner Simonds explained the thought behind this
season's chef choices: "We have brought together five popular
cooking talents on the stage this October, each bringing something
we know our audiences enjoy."
have Manvenna's spicy Indian flavours; Justin & Liam's cookery
aimed at sharing the tips from award-winning kitchens; Alana's story
is an inspiration to all young entrepreneurs just starting out on
their journey and Ben and Dan - two guys who are so passionate about
their cooking that fear that they may cook all night!"
the chefs we have picked are skilled at sharing their tips, techniques
and ideas and encouraging our audiences to have a go for themselves."
added that with all the demos there will be samples to taste afterwards.
festival runs from 9am-4pm. The KDS Demo Stage opens at 11am. No
tickets are required and seating (and samples) are on a first-come-first-served