We’re thrilled to announce Irini Tzortzoglou will be headlining the festival on Sunday. Irini Tzortzoglou is the wonderfully charming winner of MasterChef 2019.

Throughout the competition she successfully used a variety of traditional Greek ingredients in dishes, consistently impressing the judges as well as guest chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux Jr.  In the competition final, her take on classic Greek dishes elevated to a new level in her uniquely playful style won over the judges, John Torode & Gregg Wallace and she was crowned the popular winner.

Born on the island of Crete, Irini’s early memories consist of a scarcity of luxuries but an abundance of fresh, home-cooked food in a loving home full of people. At the age of 20, Irini started working in her uncle’s restaurant on Crete. She met her husband, who is English, and moved to London in 1980. Whilst working for the National Bank of Greece she also studied for professional qualifications and later for a History of Art degree. In 2010 Irini moved to the village of Carmel in Cumbria and found great appreciation of food, cooking and entertainment there. The focus is on quality and freshness of produce – themes reminiscent of Irini’s upbringing. In 2018 Irini decided to enter MasterChef, driven by the hope to inspire both old and young (such as her grandchildren).

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