We’re delighted to be able to share the full line up of our Chef’s Theatre, presented by St Austell Brewery.
Free-to-attend Chefs Demos have been scheduled across all three days of the Festival with audiences able to learn from the best, with cooking demonstrations by top chefs from Truro and beyond.
There’s plenty of great food right on Truro’s doorstep and crowd-pleasing Cornish classics pack the menu at the Heron Inn in Malpas on the outskirts of the city. Chef-proprietor Nick Hemming won’t have to go far to bring the best of the Tresillian River from the riverside to the demo stage. Ben Harmer of The Penrose Kitchen worked at The Savoy and Le Gavroche in London and the Bedruthan Hotel in Cornwall before starting his own restaurant near Shortlanesend with his wife Sam. He brings a fresh, sustainable approach to food and uses clean, fresh, locally sourced produce.
With a mission to equip people of all ages with the skills to confidently prepare homemade dishes, Maria Taylor of Truro Cookery School has an infectious passion for food and learning. Her demos aim to give very practical tips and rekindle an audience’s love of cooking food to share.
Jamie Coleman recently joined the team at The Beach in Bude, having previously worked as chef de partie at Gordon Ramsey in Claridges, London; with Michael Caines as senior chef at Gidleigh Park and as Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Masons Arms on Exmoor. Jamie grew up in Devon and is passionate about using South West ingredients.
Donna Berry brings her two AA Rosettes across the border from Devon to demonstrate why Brampton’s oldest pub, The Swan, has fast become a foodie destination since she and her husband Paul took over in 2012.
Vegan cooking enthusiasts, and those who simply want to dabble now and then, will love the accessible cooking of author and chef Áine Carlin who passionately believes in vegan food being for everyone and uses fresh, easy to source seasonal ingredients to create her delicious dishes.
Fifteen Head Chef Adam Banks brings creative flair from the famous Fifteen, Cornwall menu. His take on proper Italian cooking, using only the very best ingredients, always makes for a great demonstration and plenty of take-home tips.
Keen bakers can pick up more than a few tricks from husband and wife team Christine and Phil Jenson of Peboryan cakes, whilst lovers of spicy middle eastern cuisines will love Ondine Hartgroves, owner of Cornish company Jasmine Spice.
Nick Hodges of the Greenbank Hotel and Mick Smith of the Porthminster Café will represent foodie hotspots Falmouth and St Ives. Falmouth-born Nick trained under Keith Floyd and Jean Christophe Novelli before returning to Cornwall where he is now Executive Chef at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth and The Alverton in Truro, cooking dishes that are modern, regionally influenced and with a rustic edge.
Mick grew up in Australia but has been a convert to Cornwall for fifteen years now. He loves nothing more than plucking the freshest seafood from the water, and combining ingredients foraged off the cliffs of St Ives, or grown in the Porthminster’s kitchen garden, to produce dishes that stun with exquisite simplicity.
And last but by no means least, Amy Nixon of Punk Thai brings her own spin on traditional Thai dishes with exciting menus that draw on her vast experience of both eastern and western cuisine.
As well as the main Chef’s Theatre, presented by St Austell Brewery, there will also be a secondary demo stage on Boscawen Street, featuring foodie talks in the mornings and free live music in the afternoons.
There’s also a Cornish Food Hall, packed with the best local produce and artisan traders and Gourmet Street Food stalls, on Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street.
Entry to the Chef’s Theatre and other daytime events is free but if you want to access priority seating in the front rows for the demos as well as access to our evening music sessions, why not treat yourself to our Gourmet Ticket.