Truro Food Festival returns this October and is delighted to share the full line up of their Chef’s Theatre, presented by St Austell Brewery.

Free-to-attend Chefs Demos have been scheduled across all three days of the Festival, which is taking place on Lemon Quay on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October.

Audiences will be able to learn from the best with cooking demonstrations by top chefs from Truro and beyond. Chefs Jack Stein, Ping Coombes (winner of MasterChef 2014) Jude Kereama and Andrew Tuck will all headline the Chef demo stage, showcasing some of their closely guarded cooking secrets.

There’s plenty of great food right on Truro’s doorstep and crowd-pleasing Cornish classics pack the menu across all 3 days. 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.

Jack Stein has really made a name for himself in the cooking world, after recently being promoted to chef director across the world-renowned Rick Stein’s restaurants, Jack will showcase his culinary mastery which he has picked up throughout his studies and recent travelling experience.

Andrew Tuck, a rising star on the Cornish food scene who has worked with the likes of Lenox Hastie is definitely one to watch out for in the coming months. Andrew was a no brainer for Truro Food Festival, since heading up the kitchen at the award-winning St Kew Inn & is well known for his love of cooking on an open fire and for creating amazing flavour combinations.

With a mission to equip people of all ages with the skills to confidently prepare homemade dishes, Tony Duce of Truro & Penwith College has an infectious passion for food and learning. His demos aim to give very practical tips and rekindle an audience’s love of cooking food to share.

Falmouth-born Nick Hodges 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 Smith of the Porthminster Café 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.

Since returning from working in South Africa, Neil Haydock has taken on senior roles at a number of highly regarded restaurants, including the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, Terence Conran’s Bluebird in London and most recently, as Executive Chef at Fifteen Cornwall. If seafood isn’t your thing, lovers of spicy middle eastern cuisines will love Ondine Hartgroves, owner of Cornish company Jasmine Spice and a previous MasterChef contestant.

We have a few MasterChef winners amongst our Truro Chef line-up, including the renowned Ping Coombes (Winner 2014) Ping stunned judges with her Malaysian Heritage food. Inspired by her mother’s cookery starting with how to hold the ‘wok chan’ (ladle) you see this style being used in a few of Ping’s recipes.

Joining Ondine and Ping as a former MasterChef contestant, Kate Attlee is the owner and chef of Sabzi in Truro. After years of working in the food industry, Kate reached the quarterfinals of MasterChef in 2017. Her sell out Persian supper-club events and cookery classes across the county culminated in Kate opening Sabzi in late 2019.

Appearing for the first time at Truro Food Festival, William Spurgeon & Matthew Liddicoat work together as Executive Chef at The Longstore. With a passion for sustainable produce, William is the driving force to make sure there is minimal waste, using every part of the animal, vegetable, or other food. Matthew is excitingly in the process of developing charcuterie which will all be made in house at The Longstore. He is looking forward to working more with the cheese man and developing new and exciting ways to cook with cheese.

For 10 years, Ben Prior has been running multi award winning Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion. He is now heading up Porthminster Kitchen and opening his new restaurant the Dining room at 27 The Terrace. Both offering a very different
experience; tasting menus and fine wines in an intimate setting.

And last but by no means least, Jeff Robinson of New Yard Restaurant brings his Michelin Green Star for gastronomy and sustainability in 2021, much of which is down to our efforts in the walled garden starting a no dig garden using regenerative agriculture with pigs and chickens, reducing food waste and fuel with a no options menu and giving our staff a real work life balance with the lowered workload resulting in not offering an a la carte menu.

The full Chef’s Line up timetable can be found online at www.trurofoodfestival.com

Laura McKay, Head of Marketing – Beer & Brands, at St Austell Brewery, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Truro Food Festival’s chef theatre. St Austell Brewery is passionate about quality food and drink, and we take great pride in the provenance of our ingredients.

“Jack Stein has crafted a delicious range of dishes that pair to perfection with our award-winning beers. We look forward to seeing Jack showcase them during his demonstration at the chef theatre.”

Jack Stein: “I’m so happy to be coming back to Truro Food Festival as brand ambassador for St Austell Brewery. It seems like so long since I was last in Cornwall with a live audience, cooking fantastic Cornish produce and I can’t wait to get back to it!”

Truro Food Festival is completely free to attend, with chefs demos, an artisan village, gourmet street food, live music and an array of pop-up bars on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit trurofoodfestival.com

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Notes to editors:

St Austell Brewery:
Independent, family-owned brewer, St Austell Brewery has been brewing beer in Cornwall since 1851. Fast forward 168 years and while traditional brewing techniques remain, innovation, passion and craftsmanship continue to evolve.

Most famous for its flagship beer, Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, St Austell Brewery’s range of award-winning beers – also including Proper Job IPA and Korev Lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

A gem at the heart of the Cornish community, and an employer of over 1,500 people, the company also has an estate of 179 pubs and hotels across the South West. In 2016 St Austell Brewery joined forces with fellow west country brewer, Bath Ales, forming the St Austell Family Group. Bath Ales’ state-of-the-art new brewhouse, Hare Brewery, opened its doors in 2018.