Top chef to appear in September food festival

Tue, 24/07/2012 - 15:22

Celebrity Chef Nick Nairn joins the line-up at Lichfield Food Festival

Top chef, Nick Nairn, is gearing up to join celebrity chefs John Torode and Antony Worrall Thompson at Lichfield Food Festival, Staffordshire's newest food and drinks festival, which is taking place at the Lichfield Garrick and across Lichfield City on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2012.   

John Torode and Antony Worrall Thompson will be presenting cookery demonstrations in the Lichfield Garrick's Food Theatre, followed by book signings. Nick Nairn will host two free cookery demonstrations on Saturday 1 September at 10am and 12noon at Tippers in Britannia Business Park, Lichfield. 

On top of appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Nick took part in the BBC's Great British Menu, and cooked the main course for The Queen's official 80th birthday celebration. 

Nick Nairn said: "I am really excited to be part of such a prestigious festival. I will be cooking some of my favourite dishes, including a delicious hot raspberry soufflé. One of my passions is sharing the food that I cook and how I cook it and this gives me the perfect opportunity."

Tickets for John Torode and Antony Worrall Thompson are £25 each or £45 for both. Tickets to see Nick Nairn are free and will be issued on a first come first served basis. To book any of the celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, please call the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121.  

Another exciting addition to the weekend festival is a free cookery demonstration in the Lichfield Garrick's Food Theatre by Adam Bennett, head chef at Simpsons in Birmingham, at 3pm on Sunday 2 September. 

Adam will join a number of top local and regional chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the course of the weekend, including the Historical Cookery duo, Simon Smith and Professor Roland Rotherham. 

Chef Paul Gilmore of Restaurant Gilmore, master bread maker Duncan Hindley from Hindleys bakery, chef Tommy Ho from the Ruby Chinese Restaurant, and chefs from Ristorante Sorrento, will also take to the stage over the weekend to present cookery demonstrations. The free demonstrations are open to all - just make sure you arrive in good time to secure your free seat.

Foodies are also invited to the Garrick's Food Studio, where producers will be showcasing regional produce and offering food tastings on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Scott O'Hara will also be displaying a selection of his centerpiece sugar sculptures. 

The theatre's Vineyard in the Sky, featuring local wine merchants, Worth Brothers, will offer wine connoisseurs the chance to sample and buy drinks from across the world over the weekend.

The Guildroom in Lichfield's Guildhall will get everyone in the party spirit with Lichfield Arts' Best of British Brewing festival, between 11am and 6pm over the festival weekend.

A special Sunday Farmers' Market will also take place from 10am to 4pm on Lichfield's Market Square.

Adrian Jackson, Lichfield Garrick's Artistic and Executive Director, commented: "Lichfield's first ever food festival is set to overtake the city with mouth-watering flavours and aromas. We're looking forward to all the gorgeous fine dining and drink sampling in what will be a celebration of our fantastic local food and produce."

The festival will involve venues across the city that will offer a range of delicious fixed price menus for just £10 a person, and tasting notes and offers on drinks as part of an Ale and Wine Trail.  

"The weekend is such a celebration of food that it seemed only right to invite Lichfield's wealth of restaurants and bars to get involved," added Adrian. 

Lichfield Food Festival is organised by the Lichfield Garrick and Lichfield District Council - with the help of local chef, Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council and Lichfield Arts.

To find out more about Lichfield Food Festival, please visit

Lichfield Food Festival Programme 

Cookery demonstrations in the Lichfield Garrick >>

Saturday 1 September

Chef Paul Gilmore - free cookery demonstration
Join Chef Paul Gilmore from the award-winning Restaurant Gilmore in the main house cooking recipes from his renowned restaurant using local Staffordshire produce.
Free entry

The Art of Breadmaking with Hindleys - free baking demonstration
Duncan Hindley demonstrates the art of bread making - artisan bread for the enthusiastic baker.
Free entry

Antony Worrall Thompson - celebrity chef demonstration
Celebrity Chef Antony Worrall Thompson is an accomplished TV presenter, broadcaster, author, cruise host and restaurateur. Antony's numerous TV credits include Ready Steady Cook, hosting ITV's Daily Cook's Challenge and appearing on The Wright Stuff. He has published more than 30 books and has written for a variety of papers including a regular recipe feature for the Sunday Express. Antony will demonstrate the art of culinary delight and will take questions from the audience after the interval. There will be a book signing in the Green Room immediately following the demonstration.

Tickets £25 from Lichfield Garrick box office

Special offer: Buy tickets for both Antony Worrall Thompson and John Torode demonstrations at the special price of £45 - call the Lichfield Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or visit

Sunday 2 September

Historical Cookery with Simon Smith & Professor Roland Rotheram - free cookery demonstration
Dishes from liners, luxury and elegance. Why not commemorate the centenary of the loss of the RMS Titanic as Lichfield is the home of the statue to its captain Commander Edward John Smith. Turn back the clock to the days of supreme luxury and elegance, when sea travel was the height of decadence. Dining at the captain's table meant the ultimate dining experience. Join 'Captain' Simon Smith and 'Able Seaman' Roland Rotherham as they tempt you with Pork Terrine with Chicken, Jambon de York Decore and Salmi of Game, plus many others as we weigh anchor for a fine dining cruise.
Free entry

Chef Paul Gilmore - free cookery demonstration
Join chef Paul Gilmore from the award-winning Restaurant Gilmore in the main house cooking recipes from his renowned restaurant using local Staffordshire produce.
Free entry

Chinese Cookery with the Ruby - free cookery demonstration
Join Tommy Ho from the Ruby Chinese Restaurant as he demonstrates authentic Chinese cookery with flair.
Free entry

Adam Bennett of Simpsons, Birmingham - free cookery demonstration
Celebrated chef and finalist in the Bocuse d'Or - the international chef tournament, Adam Bennett will demonstrate his culinary expertise.
Free entry

Ristorante Sorrento - free cookery demonstration
Chefs from Lichfield's own Ristorante Sorrento demonstrates the perfect pasta with Italian flair.
Free entry

John Torode - celebrity chef demonstration
John Torode is a hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit and brings Lichfield's first Food Festival to a great climax. John is best known as the straight-talking co-presenter and judge of BBC's MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef & Junior MasterChef. He also writer of books, newspaper and magazine columns as well as being a popular TV personality. John is passionate about British produce and will demonstrate some of his favourite dishes and will take questions from the audience after the interval. There will be a book signing immediately following the demonstration in the Green Room.

Tickets £25 from Lichfield Garrick Box Office

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 September 

Food studio - Lichfield Garrick (10am - 5pm)
Producers' stalls in the Garrick Studio including: Just Oil, Celtic Marches Beverages, Hindleys Bakery, Quartz Brewery, chef Simon Smith, Cocomeli Artisan Bakery, Vanilla Chef, quality  produce from Rungis, Cake Aspirations, The Ruby restaurant of Lichfield, the cake makers Sugar Surgeons, Scott O'Hara's sugar sculptures and more.

Vineyard in the Sky - Lichfield Garrick (10am - 5pm on Saturday 1 and 10am until after the John Torode show on Sunday 2 September)

Free entry into the Vineyard in the Sky - where local drinks producers will be displaying their produce and offering drink tasters.

Best British Brewing - Guildhall (11am - 6pm)
To celebrate Lichfield Food Festival, the Guildroom in the Guildhall will become a traditional Keller, with a very British twist between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Brought to you by Lichfield Arts, The Best of British Brewing will feature a fantastic range of brews for you to enjoy - from British beers to country ciders. And, with ooompa oompa, folk, and jazz music, it is set to be lots of fun. Beer and ale will be on sale by the glass and to take away. Entry into 'The Best of British Brewing' is free to all, but you must be over 18 to sample or buy any of the alcohol on offer.

Sunday 2 September

Farmers' Market (9am to 3pm)

Lichfield's much-loved Sunday Farmers' Market will be on Lichfield Market Square.  There will be a wide selection of fresh local produce with free samples to tempt your taste buds.

Special offers

World Menu Trail

Throughout the food festival weekend, a £10 World Menu Trail will see a number of local bars and restaurants offering customers a range of fixed-price menus. For just £10 per person, visitors will be able to travel the world without leaving Lichfield, and enjoy a taste of your favourite holiday destinations! Eateries taking part so far include Chandlers Brasserie, Ego, The Scales, Malt, Après, Ristorante Sorrento and many more.

Ale & Wine Trail

Festival goers will have the chance to sample quality drinks as part of the Ale & Wine Trail at establishments across the city over the weekend. This will offer a tasting notes and a list of participating venues on the trail. Then you can sample a range of wines or beers for £3 a glass. Each time you buy a drink, you'll also be able to read the tasting notes, so you can find out more about what you are drinking, its history and heritage. Venues on the Ale & Wine Trail so far include: George IV, The Scales, Gatehouse, Après, Ego, Malt and the Duke of York.