OUR FOOD FESTIVALS

SPECIAL GUESTS

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS ADDED TO OUR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

SPECIAL GUESTS

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS ADDED TO OUR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

We have had some fabulous guest chefs at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival and, in 2019 at Seaham Food Festival too. We work hard to make sure that each guest gives us a little inspiration for home cooking and it also gives you, our visitors, the chance to meet some of your favourite TV chefs and personalities.

Over the years, our famous chefs have included Rosemary Shrager, ITV This Morning’s Phil Vickery, Masterchef’s Greg Wallace and John Torode, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and many, many more. 

During lockdown, it seems to have been the new normal to watch lots of celebrities take to Instagram and Facebook with their videos, top tips and recipes. As part of our plans, we have been in touch with a few friends of the Food Festival and chatted to some fantastic TV chefs, who have been brilliant through lockdown, to bring you some of their favourite dishes. 

We have a great mix of savoury and sweet dishes from our celebrity chefs to tempt any taste buds. We will be getting our ‘bake on’ with some Great British Bake Off contestants, as well as planning for dinners with some great TV favourite chefs.

Jane Beedle in the Kitchen

JANE BEEDLE

Jane was Great British Finalist in 2016 and winner of Christmas Bake Off in 2018. Since then she has been busy running her garden design business, appearing at food festivals and running workshops for Bake With a Legend. 2020 has been a difficult year for all but Jane has used the time during lockdown to set up a cookery school…

Joe Hurd in the kitchen

JOE HURD

As a proud Yorkshireman with Italian heritage, Joe Hurd’s interests in cooking were inspired by these influences from day one. Joe’s cooking style is unfussy, accessible and always about the flavour, and he’s passionate about sharing his knowledge of traditional Italian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques with home cooks.

Karen Wright Cookery Demostration

KAREN WRIGHT

Karen Wright was a contestant on the Great British Bake Off in 2018. Karen is remembered not only for her stunning showstopper bakes but also for her colourful wardrobe and personality. Since leaving the Bake-Off tent Karen has enjoyed a new diverse career ranging from journalism with a weekly slot in her local paper…

JOHN WHAITE

John Whaite is a British Cook, Cookery Author, content creator and TV presenter. John won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.

KENNY TUTT

Former Bank Manager Kenny Tutt was crowned MasterChef Champion in 2018. Kenny opened his first restaurant & cookery school, PITCH in his hometown of Worthing last year and most recently launched his street food concept, Tutt’s Truck, on Worthing seafront.

ROSEMARY SHRAGER

Rosemary endeared herself to the nation when she took part in ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ where she proved she could cook just about anything, anywhere.  Her latest programmes include The Big Family Cooking Showdown and the very successful The Real Marigold Hotel which aired on…

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